I plan to return to my writing about weight loss, healthy eating, body image, etc. in a few weeks, but for now will just give a quick update about my surgery and recovery. I entered the hospital in good spirits on Thursday, joking about my air-conditioned/heated hospital gown and its potential liturgical uses. My doctor, a gifted surgeon, whom I’ve been told is the best in the area using the DaVinci robotically-assisted method, held my hand and prayed with me as her assistants prepared the operating room. She and I were both ready to get this thing done!
I am pleased to report that my surgery was successful, though it was much more extensive than originally anticipated. In addition to the removal of my uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries and their surrounding endometriosis, the doctor removed two large fibroid tumors. She also reported that I had a cyst on my left ovary that was literally braided around it and twisted at least thirty-five times. She said she had never seen anything like it and it was no wonder I was in such excruciating pain. She indicated that it had to have been there for several years. During surgery, she also found and repaired an umbilical hernia. In the process, my bladder was nicked. I knew that damage to the bladder was a potential risk of this kind of surgery, and given all that the doctor had to do while she was in there, it’s no wonder it happened. Due to these complications and my pain, I stayed in the hospital one night longer than anticipated. I was released on Saturday with a catheter to give my bladder a chance to heal. I will return to the hospital on Wednesday for a scan and if sufficient healing has taken place, the catheter will be removed. I am quite hopeful this will be the case. J
It looks like my recovery process may be a little longer than the four weeks I originally planned, but my doctor and I will discuss the specifics of this at my follow up appointment on Wednesday. In the meantime, I appreciate your continued prayers in the days and weeks ahead. I am grateful for my parents (and their dog, Tyler) and their willingness to come take care of me and nurse me to health. I am also very grateful for my friends and the people in my congregation who have prayed, sent cards and brought meals. I feel very loved.
Until next time, peace …
Excited by the news of my release on Saturday morning, carrying my latest accessory – it’s part of the classy Coach catheter series. I think it needs some “bling.” Any ideas or suggestions?