Cancer Journey/ HEALTH

Health Update

Remember the implant I told you about?  The one that was slowly migrating south and ignored my whispered pleas to stay put? Well, it had to pay for its rebellion and has been replaced with a brand, spankin’ new one.  This exchange happened yesterday and surgery went really well.

I was completely covered in prayer, I know this by your comments here and my guestbook comments at my Caring Bridge site.  Boy, did I feel those prayers!  I woke up in the morning with no apprehension, and had complete peace and even joy all day.  Such a crazy feeling.  So very cool.

My Todd, Mom & Dad all kept me company before surgery.  My loves.

It was all so familiar:

blood drawn in arm,  I.V. in hand,  paper gown,  silly socks,  silly hat,  sexy compression stockings,  a bazillion questions and signatures,  kind nurses,  capable doctors,  sweet anesthesiologist,  a ride to the surgical suite,  a transfer to the surgical table,  arms stretched out  and strapped down,  my body in the shape of the cross that brought thoughts of my Jesus, drugs to bring a deep sleep,  the question “are you feeling that yet?”,  asleep and awake before I can answer, a moan from me, a question from her “how is your pain?,” my not- so- familiar answer 

“I have none.”

This was the first time I woke from surgery and didn’t need any morphine or additional I.V. pain meds.  How cool is that?   After crackers and apple juice, my mom helped me dress and before I know it we are on our way.  We stop at Bread & Cup for a vegetable soup and sandwich to bring home. My mom made her famous Sloppy Joes which delighted my kids who ate 2 sandwiches each!  My mother-in-law, who saw my girls out to and in from school, joined us.  She then gave my girls a ride to a skating party, and I was left in a quiet house to rest.  

Really… a great day.  How strange.  Sometimes God is.  I love it when He takes something that one might usually dread, mix in His supernatural peace and gifts, and makes it something beautiful.  You asked Him this for me and He answered “Yes.”

Right now it is 3 a.m. and sleep just won’t come.  My throat is sore and I feel like I was punched super duper hard in the chest.  They cut through my chest muscle and stitched ‘myself to myself’ to create a new “fold,”  so I am quite swollen and sore.  Ice packs help.  It is only painful when I move, so I am practicing stillness.  This physical stillness brings on a beautiful spiritual stillness.  I am being still and knowing that God Is.  

God is God.
God is great
God is present.
God is good.
God is love.  
God is always.

God is.

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  • Patricia
    October 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    So glad for you, Amy. And it is so true, God hears and answers prayers of your family, friends, and blog subscribers (like me!!)


  • Tanya Anurag
    October 2, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    I am so glad to know that everything went off well 🙂

  • EllyMae
    October 1, 2011 at 4:49 am

    I’m so glad surgery went well!!!! Let’s now pray that you heal just as well!! “Talk” to those “girls” and tell them to behave and stay put!! Amen! Love and Prayers, Elly in WV

  • The Pennington Point
    September 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Oh Amy what a sweet report. You make it all sound so poetic, but we know. We know there are hard moments that you give to the Lord and let them go. Thanks for sharing the blessing of the day. Be still. Know you are loved. Lisa~

  • Mr Lonely
    September 30, 2011 at 6:58 am

    walking here with a smile. take care.. have a nice day ~ =D

    Regards, (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

    September 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Amy, I am so thankful to hear things went so well. Continued strength and healing for you!

  • jeana
    September 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Wonderful Amy!! God’s peace is the most incredible feeling. You are never alone always covered in His love and our prayers!

  • Michelle
    September 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    What a lovely praise report! Stay still and heal well.

  • simone17
    September 29, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I definitely thought of you as I was doing the dishes, picked up the house, did random every day things…you were in my thoughts!
    So good to read this positive news!!!

  • Maria
    September 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Amy, I am so happy everything went well! God IS great!

    Maria @ Linen & Verbena

  • Kristin
    September 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    To God be the Glory! He is good! So thankful you were feeling the peace of God through all of this.

  • Samantha
    September 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

    God is awesome. I praise Him for your day today/yesterday. I’ll keep praying for your ongoing recovery. x

  • Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun
    September 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Yay – you so deserve “easier n better than expected” !!! Love your God Is! Celebrate and look forward with JoY to the pain free, healed days ahead… You will continue to be in my prayers.

  • Laurie
    September 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Amy, this post makes me smile inside and out. So thrilled for you that today was good! God bless you, sweet girl. Much love being sent your way xoxoxo

  • Jen Brewer
    September 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Wow! so glad things went so well!!! Great to start my morning with such good news…thanks for posting! Praying everybody behaves 😉

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