Mom was released from the hospital this morning and they are heading to Fargo today and they are making sure they are by a TV by tonight to watch the Bombers in the championship game. (Go Bombers!) They will finish the trip tomorrow. She is extremely sore and swollen which leads to difficulty in swallowing. Her incision goes from the front of her throat all the way across to under her ear and it will take some time for all of this to heal.
I still can not believe the surgeon was able to pull off what he did; he was working through God. He had to be. To be able to maneuver around such important anatomy as the carotid artery, jugular vein, and vagus nerve is quite a feat. We also know now that he took about 20 lymph nodes from by her ear all the way down to her collarbone. Add on top of that her vocal chords and such and it is a little bit a recipe for disaster. It's because of this, we have so very much to be thankful for. It truly is a miracle.
When I talked to Mom on the phone the morning after her surgery, tears of joy were running down my face as I was hearing her voice. She told me before she went into surgery she felt a warmth and could feel all of the support and prayers. Please continue doing what you all have been doing so Mom can keep feeling the warmth and support.