We are home and Sarah is doing well!
It was an early start today. We were up a little after 4 am and in the van headed to St. Louis at 5. We arrived at Barnes-Jewish hospital at 6:30 and got checked in. I was able to stay with Sarah until 8:45 when she headed to the operating room. We were absolutely amazed by the level of action in the pre-op room. There were doctors and nurses everywhere and they were moving patients in and out in a very efficient manner. It was quite the production.
Sarah’s surgery took until until about 12:30. I got word that she was in recovery and shortly after that I got a call from her Orthopedic Surgeon. He said that the surgery went well. They removed the tumor, a nodule, and the surrounding tissue to try to get all of the cancer. Then the Radiation Oncologist inserted the brachytherapy tubes and they installed a drain and closed her leg. He also said that she was doing well and that it would be fine for us to go home today.
I went up to the recovery room and Sarah was already in good spirits and the effects of the anesthesia were almost completely gone. We were only there about another hour before they released us to go home.
Sarah has a lot of appointments next week as her treatment continues. She has a CT scan and a brachytherapy simulation to test the brachytherapy tubes and finalize the radiation plan. Oh, and she’ll get the drain from her surgery removed.
Tuesday through Friday she has brachytherapy (radiation administered through the tubes implanted in her leg) twice per day at 8 am and 2 pm. On Wednesday and Thursday, she has other appointments in between the brachytherapy treatments. Then, the following Monday, she has her final two brachytherapy treatments. After that, we think she will have around 2 weeks off and then 3 to 4 weeks of traditional beam radiation 5 days per week.
Thank you again for your prayers and positive thoughts! We love you all!