Hey Everyone! We were able to have a big sigh of relief today having the surgery behind us. Things wrapped up around midnight as scheduled and Dan was admitted into ICU. He had a good night considering the trauma his brain went through. Besides having to manage the pain with medication, he has had very few post surgical complications so far. Coordination on the affected side is good and doctors said facial weakness/paralysis will not be a long term outcome. Dan had the best surgeons possible working on him and we couldn't be more thankful that they took on his case at the last minute like that. Both doctors said they have never had a preliminary consult with a patient and headed into the OR on the same day. It was a miracle that the whole process moved so smoothly.
I had the opportunity to talk with both surgeons this morning and one of them mentioned that this was the best feel good case he has had in 10 years. The size of the tumor was considerably large, yet the deficits that they would expect to see are very few. Since they were able to remove the tumor completely, they don't expect Dan to have to go under radiation treatment in the future.
I just saw him as he was getting wheeled in for a standard MRI follow up. Doctors are expecting him to sit up in a chair later today and be walking with the assistance of a physical therapist tomorrow. He still looks like the same old handsome guy we all know and love. I'm relaying all of your well wishes and thoughts to him.
Dan is very sleepy because of the medication and so guests are limited to immediate family for now.
We seem to be through the thick of it but should be up here in LA until the end of the week.