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August 15, 2011

Surgery Day

Sorry I've been so MIA!
Life has been pretty crazy this past week while getting ready for my Dad's surgery. Yes, surgery. In case you missed the post, my Dad was diagnosed with advanced throat cancer in May. Since then, he has completed chemotherapy, and we are now in St. Louis as he undergoes robotic laser throat surgery.

I figured that I would share a little personal piece of my heart today in leui of Mingle Monday. All prayers and well wishes for a complicaitons-free day are so very much appreciated!

{ Madre and Padre }

{ Surgery Update }

Everything is going well so far. I feel very blessed and lucky to be a part of such a great cancer non-profit who has encouraged and provided paid time off so that I can be here with my mom and Dad. Meanwhile it's my job to keep my little brother and sister posted, as well as our friends and family at home!

We had an early morning wake-up call at 4:30 a.m. in order to get ready and have Dad checked into surgical registration by 5:30 a.m. The waiting room was hopping!

Mom and I were able to be with Dad the entire morning as they prepped him before surgery. He is in great spirits, as always, and seemed calm and ready to do a great job in surgery today. His attitude and outlook were overwhelmingly encouraging for us to see.

We got a kick out of his surgery outfit and the really cool surgical hat that the resident had taped to his head. We all had a good laugh about it - including Dad!

We said our "see you soons" and exchanged hugs and kisses around 8:10 a.m. As they were getting ready to wheel him to the OR, he was really enjoying his "liquid margarita", as the nurse jokingly called the IV anesthetic. :)

Soon after they paged us around 8:29 a.m. to say his surgery was underway. The surgical fellow said that his surgery should last around 6 hours - so he should be done around 2:30 p.m. today. We're looking forward to our afternoon post-op visit around 3:30 or 4 p.m.

{Always a Daddy's girl - circa 2009 }

We have been showered with love, support, prayers and well wishes all day long. So very thankful to have the amazing support team of family and friends.

I promise I will get back to regular posting very soon - should have a lot of time on my hands as I hang in ICU and take care of Dad all week!


  1. I will definitely be praying for your father, you, and the rest of your family! Thanks for the update and I'm glad your dad is so calm about things.

  2. I am glad your dad is doing well, praying for full healing!

  3. Prayers and love your way from Trinidad xoxo

  4. I hope everything continues to go smoothly! My thoughts are with you and your family!!
    *Virtual hugs being sent your way!*

  5. I just said a pray for your daddy. Keep us updated! :)

  6. Sending positive vibes your way!!! Hoping your dad does great today!

  7. Y'all are in my prayers and thoughts!

    Sending you some hugs and good vibes!

  8. Praying for you guys for today, and for the future!

  9. Praying, praying, praying!!! Hoping that today has gone by quickly and that your dad is doing well in recovery and post-surgery! Keep us updated, sweet friend. Sending happy thoughts your way, my dear!

  10. Keeping you, your family, and especially your Dad in our prayers!!

  11. Sending healing vibes and strength to your family. It's so hard to have to wait through surgery for such a long time for your dad (been there--different surgery). But you just can't be any place else. Sounds like your dad is a fighter and has a great support team.


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