It is 8:30 AM and Noah is in the MRI at the moment. Todays scan will give his neuro surgeon a 3D image of the area of the surgery. He will use this data to map out the procedure before the first incision. The small green tabs on his head are reference points he will use to know exactly where the tumor is. Dr. Wellons explained to us that the area the tumor is in is not the place we thought it was originally. For months we have looked at a small area of scar tissue and wondered if it was tumor. The new growth is not in this place.
One of the risks involved in the surgery tomorrow is that the area of the first tumor resection is now a fluid filled hole. Once the fluid is removed, the brain may fall in on itself, and the surgeons will have to dig to get to the new growth. This MRI will give them accurate information on where they should go, instead of them just having to look for it .
Noah's surgery will begin at 1:00PM. We have to be at the hospital at 10:30 AM for preparation. He will not be able to eat breakfast or lunch. The surgery is estimated to last five hours, after that he will stay in the pediatric intensive care unit. We do not know how long he will have to stay in the PICU but we hope it will not be for long. We are not allowed to stay with him overnight and during the day we have to leave every two hours. This is one of the hardest things for us to do.
After he wakes up from the MRI today he will be dismissed. We are so thankful to Jarrod and Marci Harrison and the Hanna Grace foundation for putting us up in the hotel. If you do not know their story, it is worth your time to read it. They are amazing people: www.hannahsgiftsofhope.org
I would also like to thank our family at Friendship. Your generosity gave us a great weekend to enjoy being with each other and it relieved a lot of stress.
Tomorrow Noah will need your prayers.
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These posts are written by Noah's parents Jessica & John David Crowe. The default author is Jess, and those written by John David will be noted.