We made it through the surgery. The surgeon said A gave him a run for his money because the tumor was more invasive than he expected. It was wrapped around his jugular vein as well as extending into his neck muscle and reaching toward his ear. All in all, he removed the tumor, the thyroid, all lymph nodes and a portion of neck muscle. But he feels good that he got it all and the radiation will get the rest.
A is currently still in the hospital. He can't talk at all and has been using the notepad feature on his cell phone to communicate. Due to a bad reaction to some pain medication last night, we aren't sure if he'll be released today or not.