surgery round three

Hey guys. Jen here.

I've been getting a lot of questions from people in the last week about surgery. When is it, what's involved, etc.

We have an official date for surgery.

I have a pre-op appointment on January 23rd to go over more specifics. I go into surgery on January 27th. The procedure is expected to take about 6 hours. Dr. Weisman will be removing more tongue tissue to pinpoint the source and removing all the of the lymph nodes in sections 1, 2, and 3 of my neck. He may have to put in a skin graft to help my tongue heal, he's going to make that decision while he's in there. He said my poor tongue has been though a lot and might need more help healing this time. He will also put a drain into my neck to help with the healing of the lymph node removal. 

I will be staying in the hospital for at least one night. Dr. Weisman said to expect at least a 24 hour stay, and depending on how well I'm healing they'll let me go home. From what we understand the concern and reason for the hospital stay is the drain and the possible complications it could cause. 

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and New Year! We had a great time in Petoskey, MI with Caleb's family. 

See you on the other side of this one.