Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Tuesday, June 5th

7 a.m.

We made it through that first grueling night. I've come to the conclusion that there is no benefit of past experience for brain surgery. I don't know any better how to relieve the pain. I can't reduce that residual nausea any more now than I could last time. I still have no idea how to help Steven relax the very tense and sore neck muscles. Learning curves do no good in brain surgery.

But, this morning he is resting.

The many medicines are still running through the lines. The pain has less edge this morning, the nausea is abating, and the neck muscles, hopefully, will relax a bit more with each new day of healing.

Yesterday evening was my emotional low. After a sleepless night, a tense day of waiting for news, the relief that this tumor is gone, and then the labor intense love of being in the ICU, I ran into my valley.

I just can't imagine that we will have to do this again. The hard part is knowing that Steven will face this for the rest of his life. This is so much bigger than a simple benign brain tumor. Rejoicing over the successful surgery for the pesky tumor felt odd when I know that the nasty brain stem tumor is still invading Steven's life.

But, this morning Steven is sleeping peacefully.

And now we'll have to start climbing back to the mountain top!


Twenty-four hours later, and he's sitting...

and eating!


diary of a genetic defect said...

Thank god. I'm so pleased to hear that he is doing well and that you are too. I know what you mean about never being ready and it not getting better. I was so much more frightened before dad op this time.
I hope things go well from now in in.

all my love and prayers.

Jo said...

Thank you Jesus for your healing mercies for Steven. I pray the healing continues and there is no pain.

I'm so sorry you had to walk through that valley...wish I could have been there to sit with you guys and hug when necessary. God allows us to go through valleys for a reason.

Heather said...

I can't even imagine what you are going through right now. As always, all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so happy to hear that they got the tumor!!


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