Sitting in a hospital waiting room this morning, watching for Karen to come out of surgery, its hard to believe just a few hours ago we were eating and drinking and enjoying the celebration at the Breaking Bread benefit held in her honor. Such a whirlwind of emotion from then til now. There was barely any time to revel in the afterglow of that special evening.
I just met with the surgeon a moment ago and he explained his procedure of removing the visible tumor, which he described as very extensive. The good news is that it appears that it was isolated in one location. He said often with ovarian cancer it can be found in multiple places, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here. All the surrounding organs and tissue appear normal.
His biggest concern now is for recovery. The surgery was pretty invasive which means there is a lot internally that will need to heal. Risk of infection or other complication is what will need to be carefully observed. As a result she will likely be in the hospital most of this week so they can keep a close eye on progress. She is staying in Methodist Hospital in Omaha.
Thanks to all who attended, served and gave last night to help make an unforgettable evening for our family. Such an outpouring can never be repaid, but neither is it intended to be. Gifts of grace are best when simply received with thanksgiving.