Thanks to all of you who have had Shelley, Jim and their family in their hearts and minds and prayers all day today. It has been a long day for many, even quite a few medical workers, no doubt. Just want to report what the surgeon told Jim and the others waiting there--hopefully this is accurate. It seems a little bit like a satellite system, beamed from Nebraska over to Wisconsin, and then to all points of the earth!
The good news is that as of right now, Shelley is out of surgery! She will go to recovery for at least an hour, and they'll be able to see her eventually tonight. She might not respond, being heavily sedated, but who knows? She'll be going to ICU for a day or so.
The doctor said the tumor had gone through the dura (the sac around the brain might be an easy way to describe that) but it had not infiltrated the brain, and they were able to pull it away from the brain with no disturbance to the brain. They were able to use tissue from Shelley's forehead area to construct a new "dura," that separates the brain from the sinus area. They felt that reconstruction was very successful--good tissue, and they felt secure about the way they were able to connect it. Also, the tumor had infiltrated the orbit of the eye (right one, I think) and was up against the eye, but not into the eye, and also was able to be pulled away. Likewise they felt satisfied with the reconstruction of the orbit.
The only thing they encountered that was more than they expected was that the tumor had invaded the cartilage around the bridge of Shelley's nose, so they needed to make incisions and remove the cartilage there. They inserted a lumbar drain, and a feeding tube, both of which she'll have just for a few days. She of course has a breathing tube and is on a ventilator, but hopefully that will be just for overnight. Because of the tumor being right up against the brain, she will need to undergo chemotherapy as well as radiation.
Shelley went into surgery with a positive attitude, smiling and joking, and it seems like the day is ending on a positive note also. We won't add more right now, so it can get out to all of you who are patiently waiting for word. Thanks so much to everyone for their care and support today!