Discovering beauty in the ordinary

Discovering beauty in the ordinary



It’s hard to believe that (Lord willing) my surgery will be over with in less than 24 hours! These almost 12 weeks definitely flew by.

As I went over the preparation instructions earlier this week, I chuckled at the name of the procedure written on my folder: “colostomy takedown.” I have to admit that it sounds better to me than “reattachment surgery.” It makes me feel like I’m going in to surgery tomorrow ready to take down an opponent!

Today I stayed home from church (surgery prep is a full time job, especially the day before), but I was happy that I could watch our church’s kids’ Christmas program and the service on FB live. Thanks Jeremy! Technology is great. Though it wasn’t the same as being there, it was the next best thing.

In a few short minutes, I’ll be doing the next phase of my surgery prep which entails drinking 8 ounces of nasty stuff every 10 minutes for at least 2 hours and becoming best friends with the bathroom. I do have to say that having a colostomy makes this part of the prep a little better!

After I’m done with that, I have to take antibiotics 3 times throughout the day at specific times. Tonight, after 6pm, very specifically, I’ll have to take a regular shower followed by a very detailed “sponge bath” with special soap. I’ll spare you the minute details, but basically I must apply half the bottle of special soap from neck to toe, then repeat with the second half of the bottle. I must then keep the soap on for 1 minute (they even suggest singing happy birthday two times slowly). Then into the shower I go again, followed by blotting with a clean towel, wearing clean pajamas and sleeping on clean sheets. You definitely can’t say the directions are vague (and the above is not even all the details)!

Tomorrow at 3:30AM I have to repeat the shower ritual once more (with a clean washcloth and a clean towel), and avoid anything that could make me sweat. I think I can skip changing the sheets on the bed though!

I’m then to check in to the First Day Surgery Unit at 5:30AM where I’ll be prepped for surgery; there is even one more special body washing before surgery. If you see a glow coming from the UW hospital, don’t worry: it’s just my very white skin gleaming from all the cleaning it has gotten. Finally, pending the surgeon being called to an emergency surgery, I’ll go in to surgery at 7:30AM. They estimate the surgery will take 2.5 to 3 hours, and both the digestive health surgeon and the OBGYN will be there.

As always, here are some praises to rejoice about and prayer requests to bring before our loving Heavenly Father.


  • It was confirmed that the OBGYN doctor/surgeon will be present at my surgery and will take a look at everything from an endo/ovary perspective and do what needs to be done.
  • My surgeon already ordered an epidural for pain control. This pain control method was a game changer after my last surgery, so I’m glad I don’t have to do trial and error this time around!
  • He also suggested that we do my IV after I’m under anesthesia. So, so thankful for this since IVs are always such a challenge with me.
  • Seriously, even though I joked about how detailed the instructions were, I’m thankful for such good medical care and for such attention to details concerning my health.
  • Praise the Lord I stayed healthy and didn’t catch the sickness that was running around both in our house and in the community!

Prayer requests

  • This may seem silly, but please pray for my shower in the morning. I usually have a hard time showering until I’ve been awake for a while (unlike my husband who needs a shower to wake up), so the thought of this long showering routine and changing my ostomy bag at 3:30 in the morning is a bit daunting to me.
  • Please pray for the OBGYN surgeon to find all the endo and be able to blast it! Because I had surgery not that long ago, it may be harder to spot as there is a possibility that things will still be a bit inflamed. Also pray for the ovary to be healthy and endo-free.
  • Pray for the surgeons hands to be guided to a problem-free surgery and that there will be no complication doing the “takedown.”
  • Pray that I will not need an ileostomy (same as colostomy but in the small intestine). If the surgeon feels like there could be the possibility of leakage at the reattachment site or that it will need extra time to heal, I would get an ileostomy to give time to my colon/rectum site to rest and heal.
  • Pray for a quick recovery, which would entail my digestive track waking up and moving (yes, it’s about poop again!).

Thank you all for going along this journey with me. Your support and prayers have been indescribably encouraging and uplifting. I’ll “see” you all on the other side of the operating table!

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