What are you thankful for today? I’m thankful for continued progress in my recovery, though it is slower than I would like.
I apologize for the lack of updates. This recovery has been a little more extensive and slower (and yet less eventful) than the last and so my updates have been less in coming. So to make it up, here’s a LONG update!
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 99 days since my first surgery . . . and already 17 days since my second one. To recap, my surgery on December 19th was to reattach my colon to my rectum. It was supposed to be the last I needed, only 2 to 3 hours long. That is not what happened though: the surgery took 7 hours! Some of my organs had adhered to each other, so the first 3-4 hours was spent moving and separating organs to get to the surgery site. Also, it was discovered that my right ovary had endometriosis on it and needed to be removed. In the end, I ended up with an ileostomy bag. Everything had to be moved around so much that there was irritation and the surgeon thought it would be best for me to have an ileostomy (bypass in the small intestine) to give time to everything else to recover. This means another 8 weeks of recovery.
This also means that I will need another surgery sometime in mid February to close up the ileostomy. Hopefully this should be a quick surgery with a shorter recovery, although I will need to be in the hospital for 3-4 days until they are assured that my GI tract is working properly (hello deductible!). I will also have to start some hormone replacement since I have no ovaries left.
This recovery has been more difficult than the last. I’m still on pain meds, though I only take them about twice a day now. I’m hoping I will be off of them completely by this weekend. Last time, I was off of them in less than a week, except for nights. The ileostomy is more of an inconvenience than the ostomy was. I have to empty it every 2 to 3 hours during waking hours (as opposed to a few times a day with the ostomy). Also, since it is placed earlier in the digestive track, we have to monitor the output to watch for dehydration and malnourishment (food is only in my system for a few hours, so there is not much time for absorption of nutrients and liquids).
l got my 23 staples out on Monday. I was doing pretty well with recovery and then we all hit a bit of a wall. Buddy Boy got sick and can’t sleep more than 1 hour before waking up all stuffy. Since I can’t sleep in the recliner with him (I’d have to be able to lift him, which I can’t do), I’ve been sleeping with him in our bed at night to help keep him propped up against me – this seems to help with the stuffiness. He moves around a lot though, so it doesn’t make for great sleep! It also means way more TV than usual for Buddy Boy so that I can catch a few Zzz or get caught up on other things! I kicked Jeremy out of our bed so he could get some better sleep on another bed. And now Sissy and Jeremy both have colds now too! Praying I can keep avoiding this cold!
As you can see, it’s been a bit crazy here. Sissy started school back up yesterday, and Jeremy needed to get back to the office and as well as get ready for next week’s classes (he’s been such a a huge help at home, but I don’t want to be greedy of his time 🙂 ). I’m not getting much done during the day, especially since Buddy Boy has been a little needy. But by God’s grace, we are making it one day at a time! Thankful for the meals being provided by our church family this week! What a blessing.
So here are my lists of thankfulness and prayer requests.
- for an answer to prayer in that I asked God to make it very obvious if we should take the remaining ovary out. He did make it very clear!
- that I’ve avoided getting the cold that’s going around.
- that I haven’t really had any menopausal symptoms yet.
- for a husband that is more than wonderful in caring for his family even in the midst of his work and other responsibilities, and for children that have weathered this time of craziness pretty well.
- Please pray for continued recovery, and that I’d be able to completely come off pain meds soon.
- Please pray that the rest of my family would get better (and I’d continue to avoid getting sick).
- Please pray for wisdom in both scheduling the next surgery and in figuring out the best option for hormone replacement.
- Please pray for perseverance through these times, for God’s peace and strength: for Jeremy who has much on his plate with work and school and caring for us all; for the kids whose routine has been broken up; and for me as I look to another surgery and recovery. I have to admit, I can’t wait for April when (Lord willing) I’ll be all better and be done with all this. But I don’t want to miss what God has for me in the journey!
Thank you all! We covet your prayers. When I stop to think about the last 4 month, I realize just how crazy they have been. It’s been intense, “pressure cooker” time, and I am thankful for God sustaining us. There have been a lot of tears, frustrations, pains, discouragements and impatience; but there have also been amazing amounts of grace, peace, joy, victory and learning. I’d have to say the hardest part for me has been not being to take care of my family like I want; and the biggest blessing has been the joy of the community of the family of God and being lifted up in prayer by so many of you. Thank you!