Got a call from the doctor today. Lymph nodes are CLEAR! Now, let me back up a bit....
Momma ROCKED her surgery on Tuesday. She spent seven hours in the OR while a whole crew of family sat in the waiting room, praying for her safety and waiting to hear from the surgeons. It was a LONG day for them, but a quick nap for Mom!
Tuesday night and Wednesday in the hospital she was in very good spirits and ready to leave that hospital as soon as possible. After a little hiccup with her blood pressure (merely a matter of missed meds, but concerned the medical team nonetheless), she was finally released and went home. YAY!
Keith and Joy took great care of Mom Wednesday night and Thursday - she was up and about quite a bit Thursday morning. Thursday afternoon, she got the upchucks and stayed pretty nauseated until this morning when her doctor was able to prescribe anti-nausea medication.
So, needless to say, today has been a "down day" - but it's the first "down" anything we've had so far, and it won't last too long. Mom is feeling better this evening and has been able to stay hydrated.
I am ABSOLUTELY BLOWN AWAY by my mom's strength and fighting spirit throughout this journey, and especially these last couple of days when she's been violently ill and recovering from major surgery. Mom's daughter-in-law sent her a tile that says, "We don't know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have." Well let me tell y'all something.... My momma is STRONG! I am so proud of her and inspired by her courage and strength.
Tonight we are thankful. Thankful for mom's tenacity and God's grace to keep her strong throughout this journey. Thankful for the good news about the lymph nodes being clear of cancer. Thankful for the family and friends who have continued to lift her up with love and prayers, food and gifts, visits and texts, and did I already mention love and prayers?! Those are most important, so they're worth saying twice.
Like I said earlier in this post, today was definitely a "down" day, but God is as GREAT in the valley as he is on the mountaintop. And we are eternally thankful for that!