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.