Just wanted to post a quick update about how I’m doing since we’ve been home for a week now.
My incisions are healing well. I’m still using Steri-Strips on them so they’ll heal nice and flat. The “stab wounds,” as they are called in the operative report (I’m actually not kidding) are almost closed, just a little weepy still. Umbilical incision is still a bit swollen, but also almost closed. That one is still the most painful whenever I bump it into something. It kind of looks like a little question mark. I’ll be interested to see how similar it looks to the last one when it’s all healed, because it looks like it was cut in the same way.
I’ve spent most of the week in bed with my kitties. As you can see, they’ve enjoyed spending time with me as well (can you find all 7 on the bed in the picture?) I’ve been doing a lot of blogging, obviously, but also a lot of writing in my handwritten journal. I haven’t read as much as I was planning to. I get bouts of dizziness every now and then that I’m sure are from weaning the bromocriptine that I was taking for my brain tumor. Honestly, pain meds don’t make me dizzy or anything because I’ve been on them for so long.
So what’s next for me? As I mentioned, I am going to restart weaning the medication for my brain tumor that I couldn’t tolerate. Unfortunately, as I wean it, the tumor will grow and cause side effects from that, such as headaches and migraines. I haven’t yet made a countdown calendar for the brain surgery, but Siri tells me that there are only 46 days until the big day on September 8th. YIKES that’s close. My countdown for this last surgery started at 65 days! Good grief. I don’t yet know what day all my pre-op stuff for the brain surgery is; I know I have to meet with ENT and have an MRI and CT scan performed that they will use during the surgery as a roadmap to guide where they’re going. Always good to have directions beforehand.
In other amazing news…I’d like to record for history, because this doesn’t happen very often, that the official Sherlock series 4 trailer was released today at Comic-Con, coming in 2017! (But we all knew that anyway, didn’t we?) I’m betting on New Year’s Day again, but we’ll see! It looks to be a terrifying season, in my opinion. Chills!
In sad news however, I got a letter from my sponsor child in Rwanda yesterday stating that her mother passed away in January. (It takes a long time for news to travel from Africa.) I have contacted Compassion to see how we can help defray any medical costs the family may be facing, since I know her mother was in the hospital for surgery at some point last year. Please lift up Nyituriki’s family in prayer as they deal with the loss of a family member in an impoverished nation.
I’ve been spending a lot of time in Scripture this week as part of my healing and comfort as well. I came across one of my favorite passages yesterday (or actually it was around 3 am this morning) that I’d like to share.
Lamentations 3:22-24, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'”