First of all, I want to thank all of your for your prayers. It has been a very long 3 days; feel like I could sleep for a wk. Surgeon said the procedure & reaching this was extremely difficult, more so than he expected. Said he is confident he got several good specimens from the T-11 area & decided not to intrude further up the spine. Pathologist looked at frozen specimens under the microscope & once again got "abnormalities" but not definite cancer. Many slides have been sent away. They are looking for rare cancers & blood cancers. Won't have any results for 14 days. DD was at my side all day Thurs. I was doing pretty good until he went into recovery. The surgeon came & spoke to us at great length & I made the comment "so he can wiggle his toes?" Dr said I don't know because he isn't awake yet--he said the monitoring showed all was ok but we would have to wait for him to wake up to be absolutely sure. Ok, I can handle that. Well, 2 anesthesiologists (1 during pre-op interview on Wed & 1 the day of surgery) told us he would be in recovery for an hr or a little longer. As we waited, the time got longer & longer--90 min, 2 hrs, 2 1/2 hrs & then 3hrs! We were trying so hard to be patient & not bother the nurses but at the 3 hr mark DD turned to me & said she was going to ask the nurses to call recovery & see what was going on & that is when they brought him back. I was so happy to see him that I never inquired as to why it took him so long. Surgeon not only talked to me after the surgery but he came back again to check on Mike about 7 Thurs nite. I was certain we wouldn't see the surgeon again til the next day. On Fri the surgeon said many drs & radiologists had looked at this & all have the opinion that this is cancer. If the series of slides that have been sent away don't give a definite result, he intends to do additional biopsies in different areas but these biopsies will not be as invasive as the 1 he just did. However, if those additional biopsies don't give a result, there is 1 additional biopsy he might do--it is much higher up the spine & will be an even more serious procedure than the 1 he just completed. He said it is his job to get us a diagnosis & he intends to do his best to get an answer. If there is still no answer after that, he says he will let it rest "for a while" but continue to monitor it. I guess what he is saying is, if it isn't cancer yet he & the others think it will be at some point. Surgeon is setting us up with a dr to try to help us with the lower spine which is a mess. He says there is nothing surgically that can be done & says it is going to get progressively worse. The new dr will try to get some meds going to help with the extreme stiffness/pain but with the Crohn's & lymphoma it will be a challenge. At least someone is finally going to try to get him a little relief. For those of you in the nursing field, my hat's off to you. Mike's roommate had been in the hospital 11 days having suffered an injury that required skin grafting so I'm sure it was painful but the way that man treated some of the hospital personnel was horrible. When I arrived Fri morn, Mike whispered to me that the guy was a real a***hole. It wasn't too long before I saw this guy in action. If someone treated me the way this man was acting I don't think I could take care of him! Mike hasn't had any surgeries in recent yrs so I haven't had any dressing to change for quite a while. Let me just say that I'm as grossed out now as I was in my younger days. He's got about a 4 inch incision down his spine just a little below the shoulder blades--so glad the dr quit & didn't, as he put it, intrude any further. Nurses, once again my hat's off to you for tending to all of these things.