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Evening all,

So today is 6 day post surgery and I am delighted to post that Lillian has responded really well, she is well on the road to recovery

Surgery started at about 8:30am last Monday morning and took almost 12 hrs during which they had to removed 4 teeth (one needing to be drilled), some jaw bone and also a portion of tongue. Whilst they were in that region they also removed some lymph nodes as a precaution and the plastic surgery team used some of her left forearm to replaced the portion of tongue that was removed.
We went into see her about 60 mins post surgery and it can be overwhelming when you see all the tubes and sensors attached to her however though Lillianwas very very groggy and only coming around from the operation she was able to give us the thumbs up!!!!

We have been going in every day and sometimes twice at day and each day we have seen steps forward - after three days the drainage tubes from her neck were removed, also the tracheotomy tube was reduced in size and a speaking valve installed and she is now able to talk with us through her windpipe! Today was the first day she didnt need morphine so another step forward she is still in pain and they have her on a strong paracetamol solution and blood thinner injections. Lillian has been able to sit up and go for short walks around the ward so all these are positive signs. The medical staff are really happy with her progress even from the second day onwards and tomorrow she is being moved from the HDU [High Dependancy Ward] to a general ward so that is great news.

Still on a drip fed feed and will be so for a number of days to come. The results of the biopsy should be back mid-week and the medical team will review and we should get feedback shortly after sp fingers crossed.


So thanks for all the good wishes, I will post another update in due course

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Wonderful news. Thanks for the update and looking forward to the next one. I keep sending more prayers your way!

Best
Nels


OC thriver, Tongue Stage IV, diag 3/12/20, surg 4/1/20, RT compltd 7/8/20
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