Jan 29, 2015

Post-Op Update

How thankful I am for my Dad.  He has stayed right here with me around the clock, during surgery afterwards and staying with me in my home to help me around the house, even get dressed and take me out.

I was able to get out a bit yesterday to grocery shop for over an hour and pick up a few items elsewhere and this morning we had breakfast together at a local restaurant, one of our favorite things to do together.  I am very fortunate.

I am in a great deal of pain in the morning when I wake up from where the veins were harvested to perform bypasses.  One being in my left forearm and the other in my left upper leg.  There was a third and that vessel was taken from behind my left chest wall, so there is no pain associated with that.  I look like someone beat me with a sledgehammer and I am very pale, but have alot of energy.  That energy is somewhat artificial because I am also taking prednisone to keep my blood platelets up.

I was able to start taking the stairs again like a normal person today, rather than two feet on each step and moving up or down.  The energy is short lived and after about 10 minutes of walking around in my house I am short of breath and need to rest, but I feel everything starting to improve and I am very encouraged by it.

I have had Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Home Health nurses all out to visit me this week and I get a call each day to check on how I am doing.  I feel very well cared for.  Again, its very encouraging and I am not sure what I would do without these people, especially my dad.

God has been so gracious to me, so patient and so attentive to my heart on so many levels throughout my life and this has been no different.  Sometimes our lives have a way of causing so much distraction from what matters most, including our own personal health, but He has taught me so patiently (sometimes with hard lessons to learn) that when He is our focus, our source, when we understand and embrace the fact that He is the Way, the Truth and the Life, then all other things are added unto us.  When we seek Him first and place Him before all other things, people, places, ideals, our own intellect and ego, He will give us everything we need in this life to fulfill the purpose He created us for.

Thank you for all those who have reached out to me, prayed for me and have sent encouraging words, emails, phone calls and texts. They mean and have meant so much to me during this time and this recovery that I know will be slow, but I have complete trust and faith in God that His purpose will be fulfilled through it all and it is my sincerest prayer that I will be a more transparent representation of what He has called me to be, right here, right now - so that others might come to know the One who loves us beyond compare, who never leaves us or forsakes us and has a great and divine, honorable and eternal plan for us.  It is my great hope that not only I would experience, but that the whole world would experience more and more of God and all He is!

God Bless You all!


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