Monday, November 26

The Surgery Report!

Hi, this is Lisa again!

The surgery went amazingly, awesomely, wonderfully well!

Well, the scenario wasn't the cool miraculous possibility that Ben and I half-joked about, that the surgeon (Dr. Mann) would open him up and *Voila* no tumors left! But, there are no tumors now!!

So we checked in at 10:45am as scheduled. The surgery didn't really start until 1pm, or possibly 1:30 depending on how you define "start," but they kept Ben pretty busy with a little paperwork, questions about allergies, the epidural insertion, etc. He was definitely shaking as he anticipated what was about to happen, but as my dad pointed out later in the day, even Jesus got nervous anticipating trials to come :)

Ben's parents, my parents, me, and Beth (for awhile, until she went back to school) waited in the "surgery waiting room," which has THE phone. Every couple hours a nurse would call and give us an update, which put us more at our ease as we waited in the comfy armchairs, talking and occupying ourselves in various other ways.

Less than 6 hours later, Dr. Mann walked in and gave us his report! There were hundreds of tiny tumors in Ben's abdomen, but he had removed them all-- praise God! That was one of my worries, but it was solved. AND, amazingly, none of the intestine or bladder had to be removed, so the digestive tract is completely *intact*! That meant that Ben didn't need to go to the ICU at all, but was able to be transfered straight from Recovery to the hospital. Also, his recovery will be quicker, and there will be less concerns about him eating!

I laughed when I heard what Dr. Mann did remove: Ben's appendix! Of all the organs in his abdomen that could be completely ridden with tumors, that was it, which is so cool! Many people have them easily removed and live in normal health without them. No appendicitis for Ben. Also, Dr. Mann removed a little of Ben's liver, which isn't a big deal.
He told us that the large tumor between Ben's bladder and rectum was about the size of a baseball, or maybe a little larger, and difficult to remove. Fortunately he was able to take it out and only scraped the walls of bladder and rectum, which required a little "patching" but not "resectioning."

After we heard the results we waited around a bit more, then found Ben's hospital room and waited there until he arrived from Recovery. When he got wheeled into the room, I was surprised to see that his eyes were open and that he was talking! Coherently! He was feeling a little nauseous and had additional tubing protruding from his body, but he seemed to be feeling pretty well otherwise. We happily told him about how well the surgery had gone. He said that he had some interesting dreams during the surgery and was irritated to be woken up from them by a pain in his stomach.

So, to wrap this up, praise God! I'm so glad he responded to our prayers with affirmatives and that we can praise him for that!

Ben would love visitors, but I think for the first couple days we should keep it "lite". Starting Thursday, though, just talk to Jenifer Morrell or I and we'll happily tell you all about where Ben's room is. I think he'll probably be there for a week and a half, but we'll see :)

Good night!


  1. Praising God way over here in Zambia!!!! So great to hear the good news. Will pray for a great recovery!!! So grateful to hear the good news!

  2. Anonymous12:05 AM

    Wonderful news! Praise God for bringing Ben through the surgery without issue and the joyous news from the surgeon. We will keep you both in our prayers as Ben recovers, and moves to the next phase.

    -Justin & Ruth Soto

  3. Gruia and Jamie12:31 AM

    Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord!

  4. Yes, praising the Lord from England too! What a blessing! And no appendicitis in Ben's future! I love it! We'll continue to pray for your family as you focus on recovery.

  5. Lisa,

    I am weeping in thankfulness to God. We all need to praise Him for this act of compassion whenever we can possibly think of it. We need to remember His mercy and focus on His grace.

    I'll also pray for your future that no cancer is ever found again.

    We love you both dearly.

    - Ed Price <><

  6. Anonymous5:48 AM

    God is an Awesome God!

  7. That's great news! Get well quickly, Ben!

  8. YAY! God is good. We'll continue praying for Ben's speedy and total recovery, and for this to be the end of this long saga.

  9. Anonymous8:38 AM

    Dear Ben & Lisa,

    Praise God, indeed! I'm eager to tell the folks here at Talbot this good news. We'll continue to pray for a fast and thorough recovery! I love you guys!

    __Uncle Mick__

  10. Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God! He is the great Healer and Protector. Praise God for hearing and answering our prayers for you, Ben!

  11. Karen Lund8:58 AM

    Our God is an AWESOME God! I'm so happy! Ben is adored here at Taproot.

    Big Love,

  12. What an answer to prayer! Thank you God for Your mercies!

  13. Anonymous9:45 AM

    Thank you God for your wonderful mercy and provision!! Taproot loves Ben and misses him, and this is such incredibly GREAT news!!


  14. Anonymous10:02 AM

    WOW! It looks like sooo many have been waiting for this blog!

    Our God truely is wonderful. Ben was in a bit of pain last night as they wheeled him into his room. But typical Ben came out as the nurse was asking questions of him. She asked if he had a ride home, of course Ben's answer "I thought I would walk". It was nice to see that the surgeon did not remove any "Ben".

    Thank You LORD for taking care of Ben!!

    Thank You ALL for holding Ben & Lisa and all of us family, up to the LORD.

    Dad/Papa P

  15. Yay, so glad to hear it went well!

  16. Anonymous11:47 AM

    so good to hear that the surgery was a success and lucky duck no more appendix, i still have mine. The Lord is awesome and he watches over His flock.

    Ben, have a good relaxing semi-painful recovery and what a year for you to reflect on. I am betting the New Year will be extra special for you.

  17. Thank the Lord. I am so glad that the intestines are still intact! I am continuing to pray for recovery and no more cancer! And for no more abdomen pain.

  18. Anonymous7:47 PM

    Wahoo! Great news. :)

  19. Anonymous8:39 PM

    Praise the Lord!. Now, have lots of rest and keep praying for the upcoming recovery!!!

    Ramiro Calderón

  20. Praise God! you both are in all of our prayers.

  21. Anonymous1:38 AM

    Praise God!
    Jesus is the awesome healer and provider isn't He?
    Wow, I am smiling from ear to ear!
    ~Love, Marissa
    *still praying for you!*

  22. So happy to hear the good news! Rest up! -The Nickersons


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