We arrived at the hospital at 6 A.M. The Kaiser in Oakland is a maze, lots of hallways, elevators that only go to certain floors, stairways in random places making it interesting to get around. The staff has been amazing already. The nurses, doctors and volunteers very friendly and comforting. Kelli’s team of surgeons are some of the top cancer surgeons in Northern California. We feel very confident in their plan for Kelli. They took her back around 8:15 A.M. to begin surgery, letting us know within 3 hours if it will be the short or long surgery, short being 6-7 hours, long being up to 14 hours. Kelli seemed in good spirits this morning. She was happy to get the process of fighting the cancer going.
The waiting room is filled with many families waiting to hear the news about their loved ones. They have live music, a pianist and someone accompanying him on the trumpet. Amazing how music can soothe the soul, bring peace, and comfort.
At 10:20 we received our first update from the nurse, 2 hours earlier than expected.. They cut the tumor out, and then began reconstructing her tongue. After that, they will start the process of removing lymph nodes to send to pathology. Looks like the shorter surgery, 3-4 more hours. Good news, overall!