We arrived at the hospital at 6:30 am and they took Michael into surgery at 7:48 am. We received phone updates throughout the morning and early afternoon. At 1:30, Dr. Pilcher and his assistant, Sue, came out to talk to us with a smile on their faces.
According to Dr. Pilcher, the surgery went quite well. He was able to get most of the tumor despite the difficult location. He was concerned about taking all the tumor as it was putting a lot of pressure on the pituitary gland and releiving all the pressure at once could cause problems.
They did a preliminary pathological test on the tumor and it appears benign. At this point they don't think he will have to have radiation or chemo. Michael will have to have CT-scans and MRI's for a while to monitor the tumor.
Michael is in Pediatric ICU now and is resting peacfully. They are giving him Morphine every 2 hours and Tylenol every 4 hours. He should be transferred to the regular unit in a day or two and should be able to go home in 5 - 7 days.
Michael can recieve mail addressed as follows (we are not posting his full name on here since anyone can get to this site):
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If we learn anything else, Jenny will update back at the hotel around 9:30.