Big day tomorrow

Big day tomorrow. Early day tomorrow. No time for semi-clever openings tonight, so let’s jump in...

We’ll be checking in at 6:30am tomorrow for Davis’ surgery, which will start at 7:45. It’ll take somewhere around 4 hours (roughly, so no commenting at 11:46am asking how it went :) ), and recovery time is all dependent on a host of factors.

We met with the surgeon today, and we’re literally in good hands. He’s got a good plan, and is planning to be able to resect the tumour in its entirety. It is in the liver, though, so he’ll be taking the right lobe of the liver out. That’s basically half the liver, and the crazy thing is that’s not really a big deal, since the liver is an organ that regenerates as needed. He said they could take another third of it without really being concerned that it would impact normal liver function as Davis recovers.

That looks very weird to type, sounded very weird to hear, and is very weird to consider, but it’s true. They can take half the liver without really worrying about it.

They’ll be bringing in a liver specialist to be there for the operation and assist as needed. (This specialist, that’s all he does: livers. Another odd thing to think about, that there’s a doctor making a living doing nothing but working on livers.) 

They’ll obviously have to monitor things closely for a while after the surgery, since Davis’ liver function will be reduced for a while (until it grows back. Weird.). The incision will be fairly large, and he’ll be hooked up to more tubes for a while too. So in some ways, we’re going to be having some flashbacks to December; Davis will be pretty lethargic for a few days, hooked up to a lot of tubes and equipment, and they’ll be watching him very closely.

That last part will be hard for us. We’re definitely in a much better spot now, and it will mean that the tumour will be physically out of his body. But surgery is no small deal, and seeing him like that is going to be hard. I’m just hoping that he’s not frustrated by it. I’m hoping that he’ll be just content to lie there for a couple days while he gets his strength back and starts to recover.

Tonight we took him (and ourselves) out to the Old Spaghetti Factory for a pre-op dinner, then stopped at a Stanley Park playground for a few minutes to be on the swings and slides; he won’t feel like playing for a while, and probably neither will we. Now we’ll relax for a while tonight and then try to get as good a sleep as we can given we have to be awake before 6am. (I know, for many of you, you’re thinking, “what’s the big deal with that?” Trust me, for Suzanne and I, it’s a big deal. There are very, very few things I would choose to wake up that early for, so we’re only up that early when absolutely necessary.)

To our Christian friends, so many of you have been praying for us, and have been asking specifically how to pray. You’ll have gleaned some specific prayer requests from the details, but please do pray for Davis, especially all day tomorrow, that he would have great strength to go through and then to reocver speedily. Please pray tomorrow morning that God would guide the surgeon’s hands, and would give the whole surgical team all their wisdom and skill as they perform the operation. Please pray for Suzanne and I, for rest and peace of mind. We know that God has Davis in His loving hands, and we have a great medical team too. But as any parent knows, no one ever wants to see a 2-year old go through something like this.

Thanks for your friendship, and to those who stand together with us in the Gospel, we thank God for your partnership. We’ll keep you updated as things progress, with shorter updates on Facebook and Twitter (including on our new Team Davis Facebook page), and more detailed updates here on the blog, along with my ramblings.

And below are a few pics from the festivities tonight. As is the case with most Spaghetti Factory meals, it seems the drinks, bread, and dessert overshadow the main course - we brought most of all our meals "home". :)

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication twith thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:5-7