Wednesday. Today is the day before Rob’s surgery. Amputation, above-the-knee, is the plan. Rob does not speak about being nervous, and he does not seem nervous. Maybe he’s not nervous, but I certainly believe I would be. It’s probably important not to assume he’s feeling the way I think I would be feeling, however. Here are the facts of it: as long as the tumor is removed completely, then the chance of local recurrence is greatly reduced. When removing a tumor, one of the most important things is to get good margins, meaning healthy tissue surrounding and containing the tumor. In doing limb-salvage surgery, it would be necessary for the tumor to be removed with just such healthy tissue surrounding it. Rather like when giving a present — the gift is not visible because of the box around it. The tumor needs to be hidden just the same. It is not possible for Rob’s tumor to be removed with good margins because of its location and size, so that is the overwhelming reason for amputation. Then, the location of the amputation is important in order to achieve the safest margins, which makes it necessary for the surgery to be above the knee. Right through the knee would still be too close to the tumor to allow for good margins.
We will not know the time of the surgery until later today. Apparently the OR schedule for any certain day is not determined until late in the day, the day before. So, I’ll post it on this blog for anyone who wants to know about the timing of tomorrow’s surgery.
Last night we went to see “Million Dollar Quartet” — a very entertaining musical! Afterwards, we got take-out Halal food (that street food sold on just about every corner in NYC) — and I have to say, we all enjoyed it!
In many ways, tomorrow is an exciting day — Rob’s tumor being removed is a very good thing! While it’s difficult to know he’ll have to go through this life-altering event, at the same time, he can and will live a very full life with a prosthetic leg.
When I was in ninth grade, I wore a back brace for scoliosis. I was the same person before, during, and after wearing that brace, but during the time I was wearing it, it seemed that some people only saw me as “that” girl, the one who wore a back brace, talking to me only about the brace rather than other normal stuff. I hope that folks won’t see Rob as the guy who is wearing a prosthesis, but see him as a very blessed guy who just happened to have life-saving cancer surgery!!!
Another important point: these are our earthly bodies, our “earth suits” – useful while we live here, on Earth. Yours and mine look different — an important detail so that folks can tell us apart! But, the Bible makes it clear that there is a heavenly home that Jesus is preparing for us, and we won’t need our earth suits on that day when our earth-living is done.
Philippians 3: 20-21 - But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.