Thanks so much to all of you who have been praying for me. I am so thankful for the power of prayer! I have received emails and cards from people all over the world letting me know they are praying.
Last Friday I began having severe pain and made another trip to the hospital. Tests revealed an abscess in my abdomen. The surgeon had warned us that this was a possibility following surgery because of the severity of the peritonitis. The doctor wanted the radiologist to drain the abscess, but because of the holiday weekend, the radiologist wanted to put it off. So, I spent the next couple of days waiting. I couldn’t have anything to eat or drink, so I was pretty miserable with just the I/V fluids. The hospital is no place to be on a holiday weekend! Sunday morning I had another CT scan done. It revealed that the abscess was a couple of centimeters smaller. They wanted to wait and do another scan the following day, but we asked my doctor if I could go home on antibiotics to wait it out because I was just miserable in the hospital. He agreed, and I came back home late Sunday. Yesterday I went to see the surgeon. He believes that the abscess will resolve on its own.
I have a rather large incision on my stomach from the most recent surgery. The staples were removed last week, but the surgeon had to open part of it to release fluid that had built up. The opening in a bit larger now and looks awful, but the surgeon said it is healing.
My amazing husband, who has taken such great care of me, continues to act as my “nurse”. He’s taken a break from his responsibilities at church for the last few weeks and hasn’t left my side except to catch up on sleep. He is constantly looking for ways to make me more comfortable or fixing me a meal. We’ve had families from church bring food. Our moms have taken care of the kids for most of the past month. I feel blessed to have so much help!
I have felt so out-of-touch lately, but I guess that’s to be expected. I missed all of the year-end activities at school and Lil’ Nut’s kindergarten graduation, but I’m thankful to those who stepped in and took on many of my responsibilities to keep things running smoothly at school. I haven’t worried about any of it, because I know that it’s all out of my control. It has been encouraging to be able to watch our church services live via the internet. It’s not the same as being there, but it’s close.
Right now I’m just taking things day by day. I go back to see the doctor tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll get a good report. I am not taking any pain medication now; it really slows down the healing process.
Thanks again for lifting me up in your prayers, and thank you in advance for continuing to do so.