Post-surgery update #1 (PSU #1) … into the void

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:

  1. A sigmoid colectomy (my second in 4 years)
  2. Placement of two ureter stints … primarily for protection during surgery
  3. 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:

  1. The CT scans earlier in week had revealed several unknown masses
  2. 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)


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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