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Surgery plan



Lots of good things today. Eliza went in for blood work, and the doctor said she looked so good Melissa could take her on home– he’d just call if the results showed any signs of infection. No 90-minute wait on pins and needles!

He also showed M the MRI from last week, and she was amazed at how obviously the tumor has shrunk. At its largest point it measured 12 cm before chemotherapy, and at that same point it’s now 7.5 cm– a 40% decrease! (These are just rough measurements on his computer screen, but helpful for perspective.) It’s also still isolated on one side of the liver and is positioned well for surgery.

And so it was on to The Talk. The brief on her surgery. It will be next Tuesday, the 24th. She’ll go in Monday morning for fluids and prep, then Tuesday is go time. There were some things that hadn’t occurred to us, like the fact that she’ll be on a ventilator, maybe for a day or so after surgery. During that time she’ll be in ICU, and Melissa won’t be able to stay with her overnight. The expected hospital stay is longer than we expected, perhaps as long as 10-14 days. (Hospital stays do tend to be longer here, which can be good.)

So there are things that are hard to think about. Will her brothers not see Eliza for 2 weeks? Not sure yet. But the doctor was very reassuring. The recovery is slow, but there’s every reason to think the surgery will go well. It’s a common type of pediatric cancer, thus a common surgery, and everything about her case looks good.

Time to start praying for this operation, friends. Pray for skilled hands, for every single cancerous cell to be removed and nothing good cut away. Pray for a faster-than-expected recovery, but mostly for a smooth one with no complications. Pray that we won’t give in to fear, but will trust God and these doctors he’s empowered to care for our little girl. Pray for the gift of faith, and the gift of patience, and lots of reserves of energy and sanity over the next few weeks.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. (Psalm 91:1-6)

11 thoughts on “Surgery plan

  1. Great update. We will pray. Of course. God is good and God is powerful.

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  2. Perfect picture of Eliza to go with your update. God is definitely guiding each move in this journey and he will continue to do so. We are sending constant prayers and await future pictures of a perfectly healed Eliza.
    Love from Jackson, GA-Janie, Tommy, and T. Carmichael

  3. I’m not sure where we heard about Eliza, but I think it was on my nephew Jason Driggers Facebook. We have been praying for you everyday since. We have a little girl elizaJane who is 9, I think that is probably what initially got my attention. Our prayers will certainly be with you all during this surgery as they have been for many weeks. Thank you for sharing these updates, they help us pray more specifically, and help us feel more connected to you all! May Gods peace envelope you during this trying time.

  4. You know what made me tear up? That her mama won’t be able to spend the night.

  5. They should let Melissa stay with her! They should also let the boys see her, even briefly! I bet her recovery will be faster than you think, though! Kids rebound so fast!

  6. We certainly are praying for a successful surgery for Eliza! We are also praying for her parents to feel a superhuman strength and peace that only God can provide!

  7. Jake and Melissa – We are happy to see God answering prayers and hopeful for complete healing of Eliza. We will be praying for her successful surgery. Love, The Chapmans

  8. I am working in ICU right now, and having post-op patients is good. It is a safer place to be, and I’m glad she’s getting that kind of care. We are pulling for you from Kenya.

  9. Praying for God’s great mercy and love for all of you

  10. Shanna’s got us on a 24-hr prayer rotation, but do you know exactly what time the surgery will start?

  11. Kathy Jossey

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