“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! 🙂 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.