July 09, 2008

The Latest News On My Darling Democrat

Initial Post -- 05:00: Last night, shortly after I posted my two early VERY early posts while trying to wind down after a stressful day, I got a phone call from my Darling Democrat at the hospital.

Yeah -- and "after midnight" phone call. She had just gotten done with a visit from hospital personnel telling her that there would be surgery connected with some of the test results from earlier int he day.

It appears to be an exploratory thing, connected with the underlying cause of this infection. It could well be a cyst or an abscess -- it just isn't clear from the pictures they have taken, hence the need to actually go in and remove whatever it is. However, another possibility is a tumor, though that is highly speculative (and I'm now told highly unlikely) and whether it would be benign or malignant is unknown. She asked me to come to her early -- and so that is my plan. I'll have the trusty laptop with me -- but I don't know if the hospital is set up for wi-fi.

Suffice it to say that this is something unexpected for both of us, and I am definitely going to put her first. When I know more and can access the site, I'll update everyone on things -- and it will stay at the top of the site all day, hence the posting time of 23:59 PM, even though I'm writing this first part of the post some 19 hours earlier. Check back for the updates.

And as I said yesterday, your prayers are requested -- and at this point of uncertainty, even begged for until we know more. And yes, if the spirit moves you to click the Paypal link (or the Amazon one), we'll also be appreciative -- but that is secondary to the prayers for health and comfort at this time.

More later.

Update -- 08:00: Surgery will be later today, not first thing in the morning like we had initially thought -- probably in the afternoon, depending upon the surgeon's schedule. Paula is feverish, which leads the doctor to believe that the issue is will be no more than a deep infection, not anything more serious. Unfortunately, she is having swelling in the face related to the dental problem from Monday -- how the two situations are connected (if at all) is speculative at this point.

Update -- 13:00: Surgery will be in the next two or three hours, depending on when the surgeon gets done with his earlier surgeries. Best guess? Around 16:00 this afternoon.

Update -- 18:30: Due to another patient's surgery taking much longer than expected, surgery will be delayed another couuple of hours -- starting between 20:00 and 21:00.

Update -- 21:30: Well, she's in the OR at last -- they've told me to expect to see the surgeon in an hour. Prayers appreciated.

Update -- 23:15: Well, she is back in her room after teh removal of some infected tissue and an abscess that seems to have been at the root of the problem. All is well, and I'm headed home.

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