Thursday, April 26, 2007

News from the Hospital

Brad is doing much better these past 24 hours. We are excited to see the amount of movement he has in his foot and there doesn't seem to be any additional nerve damage to his leg.

Brad was able to get out of bed today without help and did a great job during his physical therapy sessions. He is certainly not ready for any races yet, but we are encouraged by his incredible improvement since Wednesday morning. We are scheduled to meet with the doctor tomorrow morning to follow up with him about Brad's progress.

Most likely we will be taking Brad home by Friday afternoon. Thanks be to God for the successful surgery results so far. We are praying for continued speed in rebuilding Brad's strength.

Love you all.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Full Knee Replacement

Friends & Family,

Brad went into surgery this morning at 7:30am as planned. For those of you who have been waiting to hear, the fluid that had built up around Brad's knee was tested in a biopsy on April 13th and came back clear, thus enabling the doctor to keep Brad's kneecap during the knee replacement (keeping the kneecap helps the lifespan of the knee replacement).

It is 4:30pm and we just spoke with the doctor. Brad was just taken out of surgery and sent to recovery. We should be able to see him in a couple of hours. Dr. Marco said that the surgery went well. He believes that they were able to remove all of the cancer from Brad's femur. They took tissue samples from the margins of the incisions from his last surgery. Those will be tested to see if they find any other cancer cells remaining in his leg.

At this point, we are praying that there is no damage to Brad's nerves or tendons so that he can regain most of the feeling and motion in his leg. During surgery, the doctor also found some wear to Brad's kneecap which can cause some pain following surgery. So, we are also praying that any long term arthritic pain from the knee will be minimal.

Brad is scheduled to stay at Foundations hospital through Friday, the 27th. We will be in Room 330. We appreciate all of your prayers and unwavering support. We are incredibly blessed to have such an amazing group of family and friends. Thank you for continuing to take care of us. We love you all.

Thanks so much for the prayers. We just heard from the doctor that they have completed the first part of Brad's surgery which includes cutting out the scar tissue from the back of Brad's leg. They are currently cutting out the scar tissue from the second incision, then they will start on the knee replacement work. We are thinking that he will be out of surgery and in recovery at about 3pm. We'll let you know how he is later today. Love you all.Jen