Thank you to all who replied to my post below. I wanted to make a separate post because I didn't want this to get lost.
Mom is in the hospital now getting the "clean out" and they are giving her massive amounts of anti-biotics.
The Anesthesiologist came in and told her that she was going to be in "rough shape" after such an "extensive surgery" so he is going to implant a pump into her spine to give her a constant epidural.
Is this STANDARD? Just how bad will she be?! I know this is bad- but if she is THAT advanced why don't they just remove the mass and make her comfortable.
I am quite nervous about all of this.
Thanks for listening. I will post after her surgery tomorrow.