Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2007 10:38 PM
Subject: Sunday Evening Update
Jerrod got a lot of rest today. We really limited visitor time. He
slept and feels better. We all feel a little better this evening.
Not because we know anything new but because Jerrod and I spoke with
the on call Neurosurgeon this morning. He was so optimistic and
upbeat. He came in to tell us the same thing - that we are waiting
on results. Then Jerrod started asking him some great questions. He
told Jerrod that in this region of the brain, a tumor in someone his
age is 99.9 percent of the time benign. We still don't know 100
percent until we have the test, but that sounded like music to my
ears. Then he further said that it is not uncommon for a tumor in
the pineal area to be able to be treated with radiation and chemo
therapy. So, that would be a great thing to not have to do surgery.
Then he said but Jerrod, if that's not the case we will just go in
there and take it out. He showed him where they will go in through
the back of the head. He said there is nice little canal in there we
will go through and we will take it out. Then he said "you are going
to be fine." He said "this is what we do and what we know. You are
in the right place." Then they talked college and he was excited
about Jerrod being at LCU. He said, "I went to a small private
Christian College too." He and Dr. Morgan are both Christian men.
So, he left me with so much more hope. That is a prayer answered.
We must continue to pray for success!
Tomorrow I hope to know more and will try to get information out as
soon as I can.
For those of you who don't know about the facility, take a look at
this information about the Brain Suite. If we have surgery, this is
the Operating Room.
It is one of seven in the entire world.
I will include some info on the Brian Suite below if you are
interested in reading it - fascinating.
Fully Integrated Neurosurgical OR
BrainSUITE is a state-of-the-art neurosurgical operating room (OR)
that fully integrates all relevant surgical and diagnostic tools,
including intra-operative, high-field magnetic resonance imaging (iMRI)
to treat complicated neurosurgical cases.
The BrainSUITE surgical suite employs technology which provides
neurosurgeons with real-time, decision-making information to treat
complicated brain tumor and other neurosurgical cases.
The BrainSUITE operating suite helps to optimize brain surgery by
combining image-guided surgery, intra-operative MRI (iMRI), and all
relevant data management and visualization technology. The
high-field iMRI affords neurosurgeons immediate access to new images
of the brain before, during and at the conclusion of the surgical
procedure. The BrainSUITE navigation system links the real-time
intra-operative images with the spatial position of the surgical
instruments helping to provide the neurosurgeon with a higher level
of accuracy regarding location and amount of tissue removed. In
addition, the intra-operative MRI images help neurosurgeons
determine more accurately whether or not the appropriate amount of
diseased tissue has been removed. In one study, utilizing iMRI, 36%
of surgical procedures initially considered complete were continued
in order to remove residual tumor tissue. In some patients this
potentially reduced the need for a later re-operation.
Advanced computerized equipment provides neurosurgeons access to all
important clinical data about the brain-tumor patient's case during
surgery. The increased level of information, converging in
real-time, can assist in improving the precision/accuracy of
procedures, can often mean less-invasive surgery, and can reduce the
chance for repeat operation of brain tumors.
Just to remind you - messages can be sent to Jerrod via the hospital
Select: Patient > pull down to: email a patient
Then you simply complete the form and type your message.
He is in CCU Room 16
They print the messages and deliver them to his room. He loves to
read letters. Just encourage him and be positive. Tell him how loved
he is. He would be thrilled to get a bunch of messages. After he
reads them I want to tape them to the walls. It would be awesome to
cover the walls with letters. Pass this information along to anyone
who would like to write Jerrod a note.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Director of Advertising
United Supermarkets - Market Street - United Super Mercado
7830 Orlando Avenue, Lubbock TX 79423
806-791-8106 - Direct Line
(806) 791-0220 - Store Support Center