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One Year Anniversary

4 Jan

Appointment reminder card…I have a TON

Today is the one year anniversary of the first surgery to remove the pilonidal cyst. As of today I have had 2 surgeries on my tailbone, countless thousands of dollars spent, time out of life, and it is only now just about to heal (God willing).

Easy 2 week surgery my foot.

2010 Wrap up

31 Dec

Soon I will do a post about the ah-maz-ing Christmas we had…which brings my “I will soon post” total to 3…but, I promise to do it!

2010…I’m not sad to see it go. It has brought with it surgeries, countless medicines, too many doctors to remember, thousands of dollars spent on  doctors, tests, and medicine, and yet we are no closer to knowing anything than we were.

This year has taught me the true meaning of patience, that doctors don’t always know what they are talking about, the importance of a family care doctor that you trust beyond anything, that relying on one doctor is not always the best option, and that if you feel uncomfortable about something, ask questions until you do.

This year will always be remembered as a year of pain and suffering. Yes, it has had some high points; I got to marry my best friend and start our life together. I got to travel to an amazing country and experience sailing for the first time. I have been able to share sweet laughter, sacred tears, and unforgettable moments with him. Many of my friends have welcomed new husbands, sweet babies, and wonderful pets into their families. My hope, for the New Year, is that the number of those good times and the number of bad times will be flipped, and 2011 will be known as the year of redemptive joy.

 

Happy New Year!

Busy bees!

14 Dec

How has life been so crazy lately? It seems like every time I turn around its the end of another day/week. I guess that’s what happens as you get older.

I plan on doing a full life-status rundown soon, BUT for now I’ll just quickly update everyone on the fact that yesterday at wound care they said AGAIN that I may be totally healed by Christmas!!! Whoo-hoo!

Update and Menu Planning

28 Nov

With so much going on these past few weeks, I feel like I just need life to pause. Now, where’d I put that dang remote?

I am now a “stay-at-home-mom” to this little sweet heart:

I’m going to take some time off to heal, so while I’m here I’m also going to work on managing our home. Which means figuring out ways to save us money, and to be a good helper to my amazing husband. One way to do both of those is to work on food!

Oh, and I start wound care again tomorrow. Boo. Some days I feel like I am healing really well, others, not so much. Today is one of those not so much days. I’m trying not to be too upset by the small opening I have in my surgery sight, but its hard.

Any-who: on to the food! I’m going to start doing 2 weeks at a time, since I’m not able to drive yet, and I feel terrible sending Jason to the store so often. I’ll also be able to spend more time making things homemade, rather than buying them, and there won’t be as many things that pop up in our schedule that make it hard to eat at home.

Monday: wound care in the morning; Trade as One party at The Bacak’s; grocery store…we’ll grab something quick.

Tuesday: BBQ Meatballs; Mashed Potatoes

Wednesday: Meatball subs; Spinach with Garlic Chips…have I mentioned my obsession with this?

Thursday: Stuffed shells and Meat Sauce; Garlic Bread

Friday: Leftovers!

Saturday: Shrimp Pasta in a Foil Package; green beans…I’m also roasting 2-3 chickens to cut up and freeze for recipes

Sunday: for Jason to take to church; Chili Tot Casserole; Chocolate Cobbler (I’m making one of these for us as well!)

Monday: Pork Chops; Au Gratin potatoes

Tuesday: Chicken Veggie Quesadillas; Cilantro Lime Rice

Wednesday: BBQ Ribs; Green Bean Casserole; crescent rolls

Thursday: Leftovers!

Friday: Mexican Pizzas

Staring down the barrel

20 Sep

has a whole new meaning for me. I feel like that’s what I’m doing with my doctors appointment tomorrow.

Tomorrow we get some answers. Do I for sure have to have a second surgery? What are the odds this fixes it? When are we going to do it? What will the healing be like? Will this finally be the end?

I am so sick of having a hole in my tailbone. I am so sick of having to have Jason change packing and gauze. I am so sick of worrying that packing is coming lose. I am so sick of hurting after sitting. I am so sick of feeling like my hair and back are never properly cleaned, since I have to be careful to keep the wound dry.

I’m done. I’m over it. This has been the most sanctifying experience of my life, but I am ready to be done with it and using what the Lord has taught me through this in so many other ways.

Tomorrow, we know.

The strenght of the Lord is greater than mine.

2 Sep

There is something so deliciously satisfying about relying on the Lord to push your body through physical pain.

Whether its during a workout, when you are trying to tone  your body to treat it as the Lord had intended.

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.

1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

Or during wound care when the only thing you can do is grit your teeth and bear the pain, as they scrape away the flesh that you have worked so hard to grow.

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, for You are my praise.

Jeremiah 17:14

The terrible morning sickness that so many of my friends are experiencing.

Or the physical pain you experience when someone you love is hurt.

All of these things make our faith in the Lord grow stronger. We have no security apart from Him along, we can not rest in the things of this world. No amount of work on our part will make us safe and happy.

But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord; He is their stronghold in times of trouble.

Psalms 37: 39

Open wound healing…not a party.

26 Aug

There are some days that I’m allowed to be down, aren’t there?

Well, today is one of those days. I wasn’t able to sleep last night because my legs were cramping so bad. Today I had to go to the surgeon (who not so gently digs around in my open wound) to try and figure out when he wants to do the second surgery that I was never supposed to have, and yet I walked out with more frustrations than I had before.

Needless to say, open wound healing is not going well. Actually, its not going at all.

I have faith that the Lord will heal me. When He is ready. Who am I to know His perfect timing?