Yesterday was a better day physically, but a little tougher emotionally. I hadn't slept for more than two hours in a row since surgery, and that plus being on steroids (oh yeah, and maybe the whole major surgery thing, too) started to take its toll on me. There was much messing with tubes and drains and IVs yesterday when all I wanted to do was hang out with family. I got rather worn out and frazzled with all the poking and prodding and lack of privacy. Fortunately, my lovely mom comforted me, things settled down, and I enjoyed seeing some great people yesterday! Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by.
Yesterday my surgeon came by and talked with my parents (Joseph and I were off exploring the pretty fall weather - wasn't it nice outside?). Hopefully I can go home in the next few days. I will spend two weeks at home resting and recovering, then I will have a follow-up appointment to see how I'm doing!
Please pray for wisdom for me to know what I should do about school -- should I do absolutely nothing for these next few weeks and just rest? Should I drop out for the semester? Or should I try to keep up with homework as best I can? I don't want to do too much, and jeopardize my recovery, but I don't want to do nothing, then try to abruptly jump all the way back into school and life. I don't want to make a choice because it's the easy way out, but I don't want to make a foolish choice out of stubbornness, either. God will guide my steps and hopefully will help my parents, doctors, and professors give me sound advice.
Today the plan is to decrease some of the pain meds to see if I can progress to being hooked up to less stuff! That would be nice. I'd still welcome visitors -- if you can, perhaps try to call and make sure I'm available when you want to come visit!
This morning, one of the wonderful doctors who took great care of me on Friday night when I was in so much pain came by. They are still not really sure what caused the pain. The current thought is that I have peritonitis -- that the lining of my abdominal cavity is inflamed -- and that a drainage tube was suctioning on the very irritated lining. The tube was removed on Saturday morning, which has dramatically decreased the pain. I still have pain and tenderness in my abdomen, so they seem to think there's still some degree of peritonitis going on. Hopefully it continues to heal up and not cause further problems.
Thanks again for all the prayers, cards, meals to my dear family, visits, etc. They are much appreciated. Your love and support is just amazing and a huge encouragement to us. My goal is still that God will be honored through this hospital stay and my recovery. I am also so very thankful for my dear family's help over the last few days when I've been feeling so poorly. They are just fantastic, and God's love and presence and selflessness have truly been palpable at times.