Thursday, May 21, 2009

What the Doctor Said

Dr. Boop did come by and he went over the surgery plan with us. He will not be able to remove all of the tumor. He will remove the temporal lobe (or the majority of it) where most of the tumor is located but he will not be able to take out the branches of the tumor that reach out into the other areas of the brain. He said removing the temporal lobe will have little to no side effects. Removing it will help with diagnosis, may stop the seizures, and will make room for the pressure that will occur from radiation/chemo. There are some risks involved but he said 90% of patients come through with no problems. Her incision will be over her ear under the hairline. It will be in the shape of a question mark. There will be some swelling around the incision and she may have some headaches for a while. He said she should be back to her normal self in about 2-3 weeks but she will need to play quietly for about a month. No trampolines! So we are disappointed that he can't get it all but we aren't surprised.

They tried for the IV again with no luck. They got some blood but came back later and told us they didn't get enough and what they got hemolyzed. So they have to stick her again. We are very unhappy about that. She has been stuck so many times and that is the thing she is the most afraid of. They should be here soon to try to get the blood. They scratched the IV until they put her under for surgery. We just have to be sure and give her lots of fluid tonight. I will try to post again before bed.


  1. Hey Morgan, Im so glad to hear that ya'll are there and one step closer to recovery. Tell Abby that were are thinking of her, and give your mom a hug from us! If ya'll need anything please call... be strong and remember the Army of friends and family at home and all around that are praying and believing that this is the answer to everyones prayers!! I'll call and check in with daddy tomorrow..... we love you all!

  2. There is not a day that goes by that we do not think of Abby. We are praying for Abby and the family and will continue. God Bless.

  3. I have been praying for you all and talked to Barb tonight while her and Abby were putting puzzles together. She is in God's hand and will be fine. I will pray for you all as well as for the doctors that are working on her tomorrow that the Lord will be with them as they try to remove as much as they can. You guys have so many people that are praying for her and the Lord is in control o just keep the faith.
    Joyce Adkin
    Southside School

  4. Hi Morgan and Family,
    My husband Ben and I have been praying for Abby and all of you. We know this is a difficult period in your lives. Please keep looking up. I know its hard to do. Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord. "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." God knows what is best and we just have to depend on Him and trust that Abby will be just find in His Hands. God Bless You, Margie and Ben Prothro

  5. Hey girl! This is Samantha Hogan (Herndon). I want you to know that my church has put your family on our prayer list. Thank you for the blog to keep us updated... I know God will provide you the strength you need to sustain you during this time. I am praying for you guys continuosly for the next few hours while she is in surgery.. please post anything you guys need and we will try and help. I am in Jonesboro, so not too far away. Still praying.. love ya