Kol came out of surgery at around 3 today, and came up to the PICU at about 4:30. He is still pretty groggy, but he was responding to simple yes/no questions, and isn't intubated (they thought he would have to be intubated for a day or two after surgery, so this is very good news). The surgery went well - no major complications, the surgeon believes that it may have been a slow-growing tumor, which means that the chances of it being malignant are relatively low, but we'll still have to wait for the full pathology reports in a week or so.We've had a busy afternoon since I sent that email - Kol's sisters arrived (along with Robin and Grandma Sandra) and got a chance to visit him. Shortly after that, Steve, Krista, Thane and Hadyn all arrived as well and got a chance to see him. Kol slept through most of the visits, but it was still good to see everyone. We also had a visit from Dan and Audrey just after we talked with the surgeon but before we got to see Kol, and the Lutheran chaplain (Ron Bestvater) also stopped by in the midst of the family visit.
We're both feeling quite tired right now, but hopeful and relatively happy. Everyone has gone for the evening now, so we're going to get some much-needed downtime (and some supper too!). More updates later, and maybe we'll get around to filling in some of the gaps here. Thanks again to everyone for their prayers and support - it's been overwhelming to realize how many people have been praying for Kol and for our family in the last couple days.