A low-key evening

Yesterday I spent an incredibly long day at UCSF with my dad and brothers. My dad had surgery to remove a tumor and it went well luckily. After a long drive home in traffic I was looking forward to a very low key evening.

My mom had mentioned going to a restaurant in town that was doing a fundraiser for the school she used to teach at.  It’s called The General’s Daughter. I believe the daughter of General Vallejo used to live there so that’s why its named that. It’s an interesting set up they have going on now. The only place used inside (other then the kitchen) is the bar where you order your food. I think the menu had 5 or 6 items on it.

My mom and I are not big eaters so we ordered two plates of food to share. We had a delicious heirloom tomato and goat cheese salad. There were pickled zucchinis in it that I did not try but my mom seemed to like them. Grilled zucchini I can get behind but pickled? Uh, I’m good.

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The pizza on the other hand was divine. The crust was so incredibly light and airy and definitely flavorful. It had a light char on the crust and I actually really like that taste for some reason. Maybe it was cooked in a brick oven, not sure but it was tasty!

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My mom purchased what she called the “old lady version” of Sequence. I have always loved board games so she’s been wanting to play this with me for some time. It was actually really fun! I won the first round which went surprisingly fast and then she won the second. I was exhausted and figured it was good to end in a tie.

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After that I went upside and read some more of Run Like a Mother by Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea. I think I passed out at 9:30. Definitely the earliest I have been to bed in years. Of course its not hard to do when you wake up at 3:30am.

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Hospital day

It’s only 9am but I have been up for 5 hours. Today my dad is having surgery to remove a tumor that is pressing on his liver. My dad was diagnosed with colon cancer last year and in the past 12 months he has gone thru so much. I’m not sure of his current status after his last round of chemo but it is important to remove this tumor so it doesn’t spread to the liver.

I knew it was going to be my dad, my brother and myself but I was pleasantly surprised that my dads first son, my half brother, would be joining us as well. So all three of my dads children are here with him today. I think that made him really happy and hopefully that translates to an easy surgery and quick recovery.

I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least a little scared about this surgery. The surgery is expected to take about 4 hours. Hopefully it doesn’t go much longer then that. We are at UCSF which is an excellent hospital and I know my dad is in good hands. I’m glad I am here with my brothers. We are supporting each other in our comic relief. I am grateful for them.

Update 11:45am: My dad is out of surgery. From what I gather they were able to get the whole tumor. Unfortunately they had to take a bit of the liver as well since it was partially attached.