(Doing a few retroactive blog posting for those of you who aren’t on Facebook – the lack of brain ability/energy and the lack of real exciting updates aren’t motivating me much )
Posted on December 28th:
I’m doing pretty well. I can get around slowly but surely. I’ve been able to spread out my pain meds from every 3 hours (when I got home) to every 4 hours, now to every 5 hours for the last few doses. Right now I pick one project/thing I want to do a day, and it may or may not get done 🙂Yesterday was catching up on our finances/budget, so I’m glad to have that done. Thankful for family being here, entertaining kids and making meals.
It has been a harder recovery in some ways, and I’m still learning to understand what my body is telling me. Even though the bag is in the same place and is the same kind of bag, everything else about it is different (stoma, feelings, output). I’ll be glad when this whole journey comes to an end and the bag is gone!
I definitely have had mixed feelings about this whole new chain of events with this new surgery. I’m glad that they discovered that my ovary was obviously “bad” enough that it needed to come out. The OBGYN had been so clear about her opinion of leaving it in, that I KNOW it had to be bad for her to take it out. I had prayed for it to be clear and obvious, and God made it that. But now that means we get to start the journey of hormone replacement since I’m 10+ years out from normal menopause age. I’m not too excited about playing around with that; should be finding more about that in a few weeks.
I’m also glad for the bag and the chance for my re-attachment site to heal well before using. My dad had problems with his site leaking and ended up in the hospital for 6 weeks after his first surgery. So I’m glad I don’t have to worry about that. But it also means yet another surgery, another recovery (though hopefully shorter) and another deductible being met. Even though the surgery will be quicker and not as invasive (just basically closing up the small intestine and closing up hole in my abdomen), I’ll have to stay in the hospital about 3 days until they are sure my whole digestive system is working. That’ll meet the deductible quick!
Thankfully God has provided for us in different ways for this, and especially as all of these surgeries have also entailed other expenses we weren’t expecting. If you know me, you know I’m always thinking numbers! I’m thankful that God has given me a love of budgeting: having a budget in place has helped make financial things less “stressful” with both these expected and unexpected expenses. (No this isn’t a plug for any specific financial system, but it is a plug for having a system in place!)
We are thankful for God’s provision through meals for our family, generous gifts, encouraging notes, constant prayers and other different ways. Thank you to all of you for your contribution to our family along this journey. It means so much! We continue to covet your prayers!