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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Update on Balisha's Surgery for 9/2/09

Hello everybody,

I just returned home from the hospital.Balisha's surgery went well. Her neurosurgeon told us that he was successful in removing all of the tumor. The conclusion of the frozen section from the tumor done by the pathologist was that the tumor was benign. The definitive diagnoses by pathological study will take up to two days.

The surgery began at 11:23 AM and she was in the recovery room by about 3:15PM. The Surgeon felt that all went very well and he expects her to recover quickly. The Surgeon will have a CAT scan done in the morning to ensure that there is no bleeding or clots forming at the surgical site or any excessive swelling of the brain. He does not expect that to happen but is doing the Cat Scan as a precaution. He expects that Balisha will move from the ICU unit to a regular unit by Friday morning if all goes well.

On the way to the hospital I asked Balisha to do something for me and that was when she sees me for the first time after her surgery to say to me, "Hello Joey". Well guess what? The second she saw me on her way to the ICU from the recovery unit she looked at me and said, "Hello Joey." That was important for me because it demonstrated to me that her memory and speech were intact. It was my way of testing her mental faculties and neurological condition shortly after surgery. The other neuro checks (as we in the profession call them), were being monitored continuously by the nursing staff. I was extremely happy to hear those words.

That's about it for now. I'm going to grab a bite to eat and sit and relax for a little while now. I'll be back at the hospital early in the morning and will update all of you as soon a possible. The first 24 hours after the surgery are critical!

Keep the prayers coming for a good outcome for Balisha and a return to normal health.

Blessing to all,

Joe

20 comments:

grammyof13 said...

Joe I don't know you or your wife, except through Judy (in KY) who spoke of her. So sorry about her tumor - or shall I say former tumor. I'm so glad she came through fine - sounds like she will have a lot more to tell us about her journey in this life.
Blessings, Doris

Judy said...

Thanks so much for letting us know how she is and that the surgery went well. I have thought about her all day and said prayers that it would be over quickly and she would know what was going on afterwards. I know you are glad it is over, too. Get some rest and take care of our friend. Tell her everyone is praying for her even people she does not know from blogland. Love and hugs to you both, Judy

Mrs. Bee said...

Oh I am so very glad to hear the wonderful report! Thank you for letting her friends know how the surgery went. Please take care of yourself as well and we send our hugs and prayers your way :)

Lynn said...

Hello Joey, I am so happy things are going well I thought about you both all day. Our prayers are still with you and your family tell her I said hi and I miss her on here already!!!

Barbee' said...

Joe, you just don't know how wonderful it is to read your message. Thank you! Thank you! And blessings to you for being the great guy you are. You are included in our prayers.

Racquel said...

Thanks for keeping us updated Joe. You are a good hubby to get on here and let us know. You are both in my prayers. :)

Elenka said...

THANK YOU 'JOEY'!! I've been checking in all evening and am so glad to hear the news. Sounds like e everything should be OK. Will continue to think about her and looking forward to the day she will say 'howdy' all by herself.
Best Wishes.
Elenka

Barb said...

Joe, Thank you very much for letting us know how the surgery went. I am very happy everything went well. I will continue to pray everything continues to go good. Tell balisha Hi and we love her. Looking forward to when she gets back to writing on her wonderful blog.
Barb

A Stitch In Thyme said...

WELL HELLO JOEY!!! God has answered another's prayers. He is God and he is Great.

Best wishes, quick healing.
Tammy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

"Hello Joey"..are two of the most beautiful words I have ever read in blogland. Thank you, God and thank you Joe for telling us! Please give her our love! And our hugs and our kisses all over her sweet face! :)
Mona

Amber Star said...

Joe,
You and Balisha have prayers coming from Texas for a quick recovery and that all stays as good as it sounds.

lom said...

just popped over form Judys site.

Sending love to you all

coolwaterworks said...

Hi Joe...

This is Mark from the Philippines. This news made my day... I am very happy to hear about this good news. The heavens indeed heard our prayers. I will continue to pray for her speedy recovery.

Thank you and blessings to you too, to Balisha and everyone else.

Margie's Musings said...

Thanks so much, Joe, for the update. I am so happy all went so well and Balisha is going to be fine. I'm sure you are also delighted. I had her in my thoughts and prayer s all day...in fact ever since she told us about the problem and could hardly wait to check in with you to see hw it all came out.

I will continue to pray for both of you and for her speedy recovery.

cwa said...

It is great news to hear that Balisha is doing so well following surgery. I hope she continues to progress rapidly. You are both in my prayers. Blessings to you.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Thank your for keeping us updated. I'm so happy things went well.
Marnie

nancybond said...

Joe, I'm thrilled beyond words that everything went so well for Balisha! You will both continue to be in my thoughts and prayers until Balisha is back on her feet at home again. Pass along our happiest thoughts to her. And thank you for your update...wonderful news! :)

Suzie said...

Thank you for the update! I am so glad to hear things went well! She continues to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Oh Joe, what wonderful and happy news that all went well and it is over with. It also good to hear that her neurological findings also went well. We are so happy for you both. It must be such a load from your shoulders.
Prayer works. Blessings and tell her we are so excited that she is alright.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Hello Joe...I am just checking in to see if there is any word for today. I know she is fine...but wanted to check in for any word. Please give her my love.
Mona