Ana has been in the recovery room since about 3:00. She got into the OR sooner than planned too, so the whole process went a lot quicker than last time.
The news is good. The mass was encapsulated and wasn’t adhered to her intestine though it was attached to the mesentery of the intestine (Dr. Middlesworth explained what this is but I have no ability to visualize or explain the anatomy of the intestine so I won’t even attempt it). The rest of her abdomen was clean – no masses or nodules in her intestines or near her liver, etc. The mass was also very mobile and that enabled him to visualize it with a laparoscope. This allowed him to make a smaller horizontal incision low on her pelvis which will be easy for her to hide rather than the vertical incision from just below her belly button which was the original plan.
They are sending the tumor to pathology for extensive testing. Now she needs to get through the next few days. This surgery has hit her harder than the others, I think. She’s hungry and can’t eat. She was feeling great and now she’s in pain. She is missing the critical last few days of summer AND she’s stuck in a room with her parents. Right now she’s sleeping and we’re waiting for the pain pump to arrive so she can go to the floor.
Friends of Ana: texts, Instagram hellos, snap chats and cards will help her. She needs some friendly words right now.