Lauren: Post Surgery Day ?

Fun times in the “portable” Browne household this week. I say portable because we are pretty much spending every waking moment at the hospital. Okay Beck is spending every waking & sleeping moment at the hospital and I am traveling between the hospital, work, and the house to walk the dog. Just so you know I have slept at the hospital one night and will again tonight before someone rides me it’s also been her choice. I have offered to stay every night except Tuesday (because of church Wednesday night) but as you know ANY and EVERY mom wants to be near her child in their time of need, God has made their nature that way.

Lauren is doing pretty good, she is no longer on an IV which is great because she REALLY hated the thing and would spend hours trying to find someway to get it out no matter what limb of her body they put it in or how much they wrapped it up. Lauren did go to the OR yesterday and the scope they did showed that their is still tumor on her cleft pallet. This means that before they can have plastic surgery fix the pallet they will have to remove the remaining portion of the tumor and even more of the pallet. This will happen in the next 2 to 5 months, we have not been given the all the details yet and depending how much they have to remove of the pallet has an effect on wether or not plastics will be able to repair it at all. Your pallet has huge implications when it comes to eating/drinking as well as speech. They have a retainer device she could use for the rest of her life if they can’t fix it, which will cause more speech issues. Only time will tell with all this. As you can tell from the pictures Lauren also has a left 6th cranial nerve palsy (her left eye will not move beyond midline i.e. tuned inward) this is either from swelling (we hope) or damage to that nerve during surgery. It can also be corrected with surgery but we shall wait and see what happens as well as how surgery on it would effect her vision for life.

What else… oh yeah all the biopsy’s of the tumor material (there was a lot of different material) came back benign and slow growing. This means that they will leave the part of the tumor located in her cavernous sinus and watch it with imaging once a year. Going into this area would cause major problems and if they can avoid it awesome. The other great news is that she will likely be discharged this weekend which is less then the 2 weeks they where thinking and the month we where preparing for.

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~ by Dan Browne on August 15, 2008.

3 Responses to “Lauren: Post Surgery Day ?”

  1. Hey guys! I’ve been unable to come to the website the last 10days, but have been keeping up to date through the church. I am so glad that God is faithful in answering the prayers of his people! Lauren is looking great and I am so thrilled that everything is going well. We’ll continue to keep you in our prayers and look forward to more progress.

  2. I stumbled across your blog by accident. I guess it really was not an accident, when God allowed it. I am praying for healing for your little one, and for strength and mercy for you and the rest of the family. May God Bless You All!

  3. Lauren has been in our thoughts and prayers. I can’t wait to meet her.

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