Sorry for the delay in providing a surgery update. I have been home from the hospital but a few days and quite frankly still find it difficult to write more than a few words … like a tweet … at a time.
On Thursday, August 11, I was admitted to the hospital for surgery. The primary objectives were at the time three fold:
- A sigmoid colectomy (my second in 4 years)
- Placement of two ureter stints … primarily for protection during surgery
- Some hernia repair
After putting on my open air gown (they really need to offer a class on how to work those things, especially the ones with snaps on arms), my doctor approached me with two new pieces of information:
- The CT scans earlier in week had revealed several unknown masses
- For pain, rather than the morphine pump they would rather put we on an epidural.
The first piece of information was just not that shocking or upsetting … I believe the Lord has been preparing me for that one. On the second point, I was a bit concerned about making an uninformed pain medication decision. Looking back on that now, I believe God was teaching me that a step of faith is oftentimes an uninformed step … we (my wife and I are in this together) agreed. Hope to share more on what I learned about pain medications later …
The last thing I remember before being wheeled to surgery was my doctor asking if he could pray for us (another secret agent Christian … I’ve known him for four years and there was never a hint regarding his faith … I’m looking in the mirror now.)
I remember it being a comforting prayer. And then the anesthesia kicked in … and I entered into the void.
(to be continued)