You’ll be pleased to know that I got out of hospital at 2pm or so today, and am recovering well. They did a hemihepatectomy, removing the right (larger) half of my liver – Couinaud segments 5, 6, 7 and 8. This was a success; my liver function is now normal and, over the next couple of months, the remaining half will grow in size and capacity up to 90-95% of the original. The scar across my stomach is slightly less than a foot long, and there’s a 4 inch vertical section up the centre as well. The Wikipedia article calls it a Caine or “Mercedes Benz” incision, which isn’t far from the truth. I might take a photo when I get a chance.
So I’m back in the position of having no known cancer in my body. Of course, I’ve been here several times before :-) Thank you to all those of you who were praying for me. God is sovereign (in all adjectival senses).
I opened my Bible during recovery and it fell open at the following section (not that I recommend that as a general method of deciding what parts to read):
But now thus says the LORD,
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the LORD your God,
The Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”
— Isaiah 43:1-3 (ESV)
Also, if one’s own Wikipedia entry acquires a “notability” tag (although this was rather quickly dismissed last time), is it permitted to perform the necessary expansion oneself? I thought that was rather frowned upon. If it is something that’s not done, then if anyone else wants to have a go, please feel free :-)