I just got word from Eric's doctor that he did great during the surgery. They were able to wake him up in the middle and perform a test that involved showing him cards with pictures while they stimulated areas of the brain. Not surprisingly, Eric passed the test with flying colors, enabling the doctor to target tumor areas rather than important brain areas. Doctor Yu believes he got pretty much all of the tumor out (he thinks it IS tumor and not necrotic cells) and that there will be plenty for the vaccine. Eric was in great spirits before the surgery, endearing himself to the medical staff with his scientific curiosity about the technical aspects of the procedure (and the chocolate he spread around didn't hurt either!)
Eric will likely be in the ICU tonight, which means that he had to be surgically separated from his cell phone and his computer. Therefore, please don't be offended when he doesn't respond to texts, e-mails or calls. I will be able to return his electronics to him most likely tomorrow.
On another note, there was a celebrity sighting today in the waiting area while Eric was under the knife--an actress from Designing Women. I was not able to tackle her and get her to visit Eric, but I will try to be better prepared from now on.