A New Normal: Five less organs...
I know it’s been a minute, but now that I've recovered enough from the latest surgery, I wanted to share some good news that I hope will inspire and encourage you.
To begin, I’m thankful to have survived surgery. Although I’m not a fan of Deaconess Gateway facility, the staff (admin support, techs, nurses and physicians) took excellent care of me! Deaconess Midtown remains my fav facility, but at both places for different surgeries, the level of care was the same--superb!
So, as of Thursday, June 30th, 2022, I’m three weeks post-op and living with several organs less than I was before surgery--seven less to be exact. The suture pain has been a beast to contend with, otherwise, thanking the good Lord, I’m managing pretty well.
With the absence of several organs, one thing had to be remedied...
Before surgery, I knew I was likely to need a colostomy, at least a temporary one, and that my chances for it being reversible were good. The temp stoma was expected, so I wasn't surprised when I woke up with a bag attached to a hole in my side.
The disappointment, and a fair bit of dread, set in when my surgeon, Dr. Deane Smith, one of the kindest folks and amazingly gifted physicians I’ve ever met, let me know that it hadn’t been possible to make it reversible. The stoma would be a perma-fixture from here on out.
Having GID (gastro-intestinal disorder/disease) since I was born, means I’ve been challenged with a variety of life-interfering symptoms from the get-go. The colostomy had been my greatest fear. Most of my life, I went to great lengths trying to keep my GI system as healthy as possible, but the last few years it became a losing battle. Not only did I develop cancer, but the thing I woke up with after surgery, was the thing I’d dreaded the most.
The bit of info that put the situation to rights
Beyond the scripture, the Lord Yeshua saturated me with folks who checked on me daily via calls, texts and emails, sharing words of encouragement and lifting me in prayer. God delivers exactly what we need to help us through difficult circumstances.
Recovery and learning to manage
This week I met with a wound-care/stoma specialist who spent some time furthering my education on life with a colostomy, got my supplies ordered for the next month and assured me that I’m healing up perfectly.
Her name is Amanda, by the way, with Deaconess Wound Care Clinic and she's the bomb!
The recovery time for this type of surgery can take several months.
I pushed too hard toward the end of my second-week post-op, causing more harm than good. For the next few days, I’m back to limited activity. Soon though, I’m determined to be walking again and after, advancing to light, low-impact jogging, at least for short distances by the end of July.
Living with the stoma isn’t fun, but it’s freed me up to do things I’ve not been able to do in the last few years. Although I don’t like it, it’s giving me a lot of the life back that I’d lost when my health took a nosedive.
Whether I like it or not, in the least I’m very thankful to have had the option of having it done. Being cancer-free and (in time) able to do the same sports I loved doing before illness brought it all to a halt.
Whatever the challenge, I pray you too, can find some positive aspects of it and put your hope in Yeshua the Messiah, who can (and wants) to help you shoulder it.
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