Please pray for Katrina Zartman’s surgery

Please pray for my sister and brother-in-law, Joel, today. She is undergoing surgery at 7:30 am (Central Time) to remove a growth from her pituitary. The procedure seems like an “easy” one, but any surgery involving the brain is critical. As with everything else, we are seeking to rest in the hands of our loving God. For those of you who do not know, my sister was recently diagnosed with Cushing’s disease. The October 2006 edition of Reader’s Digest has an article about Cushing’s if you would like to know more.


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5 thoughts on “Please pray for Katrina Zartman’s surgery

  1. Andy Rupert

    This just in from my sister, Laura.

    I just got off the phone with Dad. Katrina is in the post-op for a couple of hours, and will be put into an ICU room until tomorrow. If everything is okay, she will be allowed to go home on Friday. The surgeon says he thinks he got everything, and it looks good. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!


  2. Andy Rupert

    My mother reports that Katrina is still in ICU (should have been moved sometime yesterday), and still has her nose pack in (she has to breathe through her mouth all the time) – it should come out tomorrow morning. She is eating now. She is still on track for leaving the hospital Friday morning.

    Praise the Lord

  3. Andy Rupert

    Laura (Rupert) Carter said:

    “Her nose pack came out without any problems, and she is feeling tired, but better each day. She has a slight temperature today, which they are watching. Everything seems to be going as expected. She will be on antibiotics for a little while, and they will be regulating her hydrocortizone levels for a year, until her pituitary starts doing that on its own again. Katrina is looking forward to being able to rest at home, and to be able to take a shower!”

  4. Andy Rupert

    Joel wrote:

    She’s coming home today! They kept her extra because her blood pressure was high. She’s been registering high cortizol too. That is what started all this so it could either mean she is healing quickly and strongly and is overcompensating, three other things the endocrinologist said that she couldn’t remember, or that she has another tumor. Yesterday things were uncertain and we haven’t had much in the way of news on the reports and doctors opinions over the weekend, of course. We’ll probably know more on Monday about what is next.

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