Thankful Thursday: May 17th

Thankful today for….

1. One year without headaches! Today is the anniversary of my eye surgery, and I am thankful that my implant is still intact (there is a 20% chance that your body will reject it and push it out…)! I am thankful too for the chance today to reflect and remember all that the Lord has done in the past 12 months. He has brought healing both spiritually and physically, and thinking about the painful things helps me realize what a joy my life is now!

2. The Monon Trail, and daylight lasting until 9pm so I could go for a long walk this evening.

3. Getting to spend a couple hours with my dear friend Jessica today, who is a medical missionary in a far off land. She is a treasure, and I love time spent with her! Thankful that we were both in Indy at the same time, and were able to connect for a delicious lunch.

Jessica and I at lunch
Jessica and I at lunch today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Huddles Frozen Yogurt. So. Delicious. Especially when eaten for dinner.

5. A spur-of-the-moment hangout with Miss Kayla Gray on Wednesday. Like Jessica, I love any time spent with her! Getting to do life with Kayla is so fun and life-giving to me, and I am thankful for the past 2 years of getting to know her and build into her life.

Last time with Kayla
Hanging out at Butler in the beautiful sunshine! Love this girl!!

Firsts

Today I have experienced several firsts:

– First time forgetting my own cell phone number

– First time falling asleep while sitting in the dentist chair waiting for the dentist

– First time being told to go straight to an oral surgeon to have the offending tooth pulled, no passing go or collecting $200

– First time screaming at the surgeon’s office (that Novocaine shot HURT!)

– First time using a tea bag to get the blood to slow down in my mouth after having said tooth pulled today

– First time gagging on a tea bag. (dis.gust.ing) I do not recommend the tea bag method. Hopefully drinking a cup of tea will have the same effect…

Not how I thought my day was going to go, but the Lord helped me roll with the punches. I am now ensconced on my couch, resting and trying to relax. Thankful for extra strength tylenol and warm tea.

Two Weeks Later

“This I recall to mind, and therefore, I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion’, says my soul, therefore, I have hope in Him. The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.” – Lamentations 3:21-25

What a great difference a day can make! It is hard to believe that today is the two week mark since my surgery. Even more amazing is that just two weeks later I feel almost back to normal! The swelling is almost gone, as well as the bruising. My energy continues to increase a little bit each day, and my need for medicine continues to decrease. In fact, the past three days I haven’t needed any during the day, and only tylenol at night to help me sleep! The Lord has been so faithful these past two weeks, and I love how He created our bodies to heal quickly. Although I’ve gone through the surgery/healing process many times, I am still amazed each time at how quickly I begin to regain energy.

Day 10, last Thursday, was my “hump day”, as I call it, where my energy/output exceeded my weariness/pain. On day 10 I was able to once again bend forward, lift more than 10 pounds, sneeze and blow my nose! ๐Ÿ™‚ It was great to be awake the entire day, and even more to have enough energy to bake cookies and brownies for the open house we had that night, and then hang out with all the fun people who were able to join us for the evening! I do still tire somewhat easily, and I am so thankful for a few more days to rest and recover this week.

Jesus continues to give me confirmations that this was the right time to have the eye removed, including last Friday when Dr. Lee called to let me know that all the pathology reports on my eye and the cyst came back normal, but that when they cut into the eye, they found a completely benign tumor that had formed from scar tissue. It is nothing to be worried about, but the presence of the tumor is most likely one of the primary causes of the calcification of my eye and the increase in pressure. It has probably been developing since the eye shut down shortly after I was born, but over the last few years had really begun to harden and become a problem.

Isn’t the Lord just so amazingly good? My prayer for months before surgery was that the Lord would continue to lead me, and show me that this was where He wanted me to be. One thing Dr. Lee and I had talked about was to have the surgery done at a point where afterwards I wouldn’t regret it or wish that I had kept the eye. So I’ve been praying that the Lord would confirm my steps and make that very thing true of my choice, and He has done so in some way or another pretty much every day since Tuesday, May 17th. I have felt every single one of your prayers, and have loved your words of encouragement both before and after the operation. They truly spoke courage into my soul on days when I was in pain, and gave me strength to press on. So thank you, dear ones, for walking this path with me. I love you all and am abundantly blessed to know each one of you.

Home Again, Home Again

It is strange, having two homes. Sometimes I don’t know what to say when I tell people where I am going. I am home, but I came from home. Indy is home, but DC is also still ‘home’. Weird. Anyway, I am home in DC for the week, and then will go home to Indy on Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Confused yet?

Progress is slow and steady. Mornings continue to be the most difficult, as I am still waking up in quite a bit of pain, regardless of how much medicine I take the night before. So, a nap usually follows my morning meds. The afternoon and evening tends to be better, as I have more energy and less pain. Cold compresses also help a lot to reduce the swelling and the pain. I am thankful for the time to rest and heal and am praying these days in DC will allow for lots of both. For those of you who live in the area, I hope to see you while I am here!

One thing I forgot to include in yesterdays update from my appointment was that Dr. Lee was telling me about how the eye pressure gauges are only reliable and accurate to up to between 40 and 50 (remember that a normal eye pressure is between 10-20), and anything over 50 is considered a guess and unreliable. My last pressure check measured at 41 on the gauge, but Dr. Lee said that based on the hardness of my eye when he removed it, he estimates that the pressure was probably somewhere between the 70-80 range!!

My main prayer request for this week is that an infection won’t develop in the eye socket. Since I am in DC, I would have to go to the ER if one develops, which would be no fun at all. Also that my energy will continue to increase, and the swelling and pain will continue to decrease. Dr. Lee said I should notice a difference by this weekend in both areas. He showed me pictures of my small eye and the cyst he removed, and when I called today to ask for his nurse to email them to me, I’m pretty sure she thought I was crazy. I’m ok with that though…..it’s fun to have them. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for your prayers and continued encouragement! Love you all!

5 for 5

Well, I figured out my limit today. Mom and I went to the mall tonight for my first post-surgery outing, since I was hungry for a smoothie (well, really for anything that doesn’t require much chewing). It was delicious and we had a great time, and then during our quick stop for gas on the way home I hit a wall and knew that I was done in. So, home we came and down went the meds, and hopefully relief will soon follow.

To be honest I am kind of frustrated that I don’t feel better than I do by this point, but I now need to remember my prayer request that I will be patient and rest and let the healing take as long as it needs to! ย Continued prayer for rest, energy and lessening of the pain so I don’t have to take meds quite as often would also be lovely. This conformer is driving me crazy, so pray too that I will be patient for the next 36 hours until it gets taken out (along with the stitches….then the fun with the patches can really begin!!)

Also, since it is day 5, I figured it would be fun to post 5 pictures from this week. For the faint of heart or stomach, I encourage you to stop reading now and go check out my cute patch picture that I just posted on facebook from our outing earlier today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Getting prepped for surgery...check out the "YES" above my left eye and the big arrow on my cheek. I told them I was totally fine with whatever they wanted to do to make sure they worked on the correct eye!!
Wednesday morning - swelling and bruising still mostly confined to the left side at this point
Sleeping on day 3...swelling is beginning to drift over!
Ahhhh! Both eyes turning black now as gravity pulls everything over to the right side!
One last picture of both eyes nice and swollen and bruised. Looovely.