Update on Peter Hoover Brain Tumor
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Our brother Peter had brain surgery this morning and has since been moved to a recovery room. Half an hour ago I talked to our brother Joey, who is staying in Hobart, and he gave me an update on what is happening. After the operation they did another CT scan to see how much of the tumor they had removed, and found that they got about 90 percent of it out. The doctors have not made a decision on how they will proceed, as they are waiting for more information from the scans they did.
Peter is conscious by now and recognized his wife when she came to see him after surgery. He is not able to speak properly at this point, but was able to somehow convey that Jerry and Joey need to come and pray with him. I talked to Joey after they were praying with Peter, and Joey said that Peter had also tried to pray with words.
After my conversation with Joey, we all realize anew how fragile Peter's recovery is. On a human level there is nothing we can do. Please, brothers and sisters, keep praying. We need you.
Rocky Cape Christian Community
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 2:04 PM
Update on Peter Hoover from Susan Hoover (Peter’s wife)
Dear family and friends,
Greetings from Hobart, Tasmania! God is so good. "Be still, and know that I am God" is what I read this morning. What a comfort to know that HE IS GOD and everything is in his control.
Hobart is at the opposite side of the island from where Rocky Cape is, and here it is dry and brown, with large flocks of sheep trying to find something to eat in the brown pastures. It does have a beauty all its own, but it makes one wish we could share our abundance of rain and our lush, green growth with these people!
I want to send an update on Peter. He was transferred by ambulance (not plane) to Hobart on Sunday. Joey and Andrea Davis took me to Hobart as well, and we came prepared to stay for as long as we need to. What a blessing to belong to a caring, loving brotherhood! Our children are being cared for by the brothers and sisters back at home.
Peter was given drugs for the pain, and also to drain the fluid which had formed around the tumour and was causing pressure, and where all the pain came from. He has been feeling much, much better. Yesterday (Monday) they did an MRI here, to get a more accurate picture of what is going on. They plan to do surgery tomorrow (Wednesday). I know that there are many, many prayers being offered on his behalf and we appreciate it very much.Just keep praying! The surgery will be a very delicate one, since it is on the head and on the brain, but the doctor told us that it does not look as nasty as it could. Apparently Peter's tumour is a contained mass, all in one ball, with no fingers reaching out and being intertwined into anything else. So that sounds encouraging.
We are able to be with him almost all day. He is in the neuro-surgical ward so there is a rest period in the afternoon when no visitors are allowed, but other than that we are there all the time. Jerry and Nancy Voll from the Danthonia community in New South Wales came on Sunday evening to be with us and support us during this time, which we appreciate very much. they are an older couple, in their upper 60's, and it feels so good to have someone older here at this time! I am not sure how long they are stying -- I guess as long as we need them. With Joey and Andrea, Jerry and Nancy, and me all around Peter's bed, we have some lively discussions and it sure helps pass the time! And Peter can still tell stories, which he does!
We are all staying at the same motel, close to the hospital, and Joey and Andrea and I have a little suite with a kitchenette where we make our breakfast, and Jerry and Nancy come over from their room and eat with us too. It is wonderful to have this much fellowship here -- it makes us feel not so alone! Hobart is a large bustling city and when I go out for walks around the block, it reminds me so much ofwhenPurity was in Sioux Falls and I used to go out for walks when she was taking her naps. Yes, many things about this, bring back memories of that time!
Well, Andrea is setting the table for breakfast and Jerry and Nancy will come in any minute so I must close. Please remember in your prayers, Peter's surgery tomorrow. For some reason I feel totally at rest -- God has given me his peace and I know he will be with us whatever happens.
With much love,
Brain Tumor Found in Peter Hoover
July 12, 2010
Today we received the following announcement from Rocky Cape Community:
Greetings to all in the name of our Lord!
For anyone who has not heard yet, our brother Peter will not be able to respond to letters in the coming days.
On Saturday Peter woke up with a severe headache and was feeling nauseous with a slight fever. After he asked some of the brothers to come and pray for him, he said that he felt better, but towards late afternoon he asked that I come and pray for him again. We both decided then that we should go to the Burnie hospital to see what the problem is.
When we first went into the emergency department, everyone was very relaxed, acting like there wasn't much to be concerned about. Towards the end of the evening, Peter had a staff of four Doctors and nurses around him, IV needles attached to his arm, and computers monitoring his heart rate. They did a CT scan on his brain, and sent the photos to Melbourne to be inspected by Neurologists. While Peter was under excruciating pain the results finally came saying he has a tumour growing on his brain.
The following morning an ambulance took him to the Royal Hobart Hospital, in Hobart about 5 hours drive from here. He is due for surgery on Wednesday morning. Joey and Andrea Davis, his wife Susanne, and friends from Danthonia Community are staying in a hotel near the hospital caring for him. We know that many of you are praying for us already, and thank you.
Please pray for us, and especially Peter,
Rocky Cape Christian Community