Thursday, March 27, 2008

Home!

I am home at last.

Although very sore... The surgeon felt it would be best to get me home quickly because I have to go back next Wednesday to get my other surgery although less invasive I will be getting a port placed.

For those of you who asked why not do both at the same time- We of were not sure of the condition of my gallbladder and due to the fact I ended up staying the night at the hospital and the time of the surgery was much longer than it was planned to be and waking me up from the anesthesia was very difficult and caused some light seizure activity. So therefore we're taking it one surgery at a time due to the fact he didn't think with my body being so weak I should be taking so much on. Which made sense to my family at this time.

I am slowly walking and making steps to recovery but this is going to be a long journey! What a last few days... I plan on only visiting the hospital from here on out.

Sarah thank you so much for spot-lighting me! :) I am really blessed with such wonderful friends.

Spot-light-

So after the past few days, I have so many people I am thankful for and blessed to have had such a wonderful amount of people come into my life. I cannot just choose one person to be the spot-light today. (Plus I have 2 days to make up for!)

We'll start with Kathy- I met her in the hospital elevator on the way up to same day surgery and I remember this clearly. She said "3 for us" and I said are you going to Same Day Surgery too? She was very calm and said yes. I was so very jittery and scared and flipping through the two booklets we had just picked up at the doctors office about getting your gallbladder removed. She said she wasn't scared seemed so at peace! I was very impressed with her. She acted as if it was no big deal and I admired her strength because to me, at any age... You're allowed to be scared of surgery! She was a really unique woman to meet and I am so thankful I got to!

The Same Day Surgery nurses and the various Pediatric nurses that were on shift when I was admitted were absolutely amazing and another blessing. It is so great to have a nursing team that is not afraid to hold your hand, rub your back... Ease you create less stress on you or pray at your bedside with you. It's amazing to see the talented ladies and how much knowledge they retain. What an awesome group of people. I am so very thankful that they were all there for me. They all root me on and continue to make me feel okay even though my pain was horrible and I wasn't very kind.

My surgeon and the OR team get the most credit! What an amazing group of people they were so calm and kind! I was amazed and put me at peace of mind right up to going into the surgery. I actually felt safe upon going under and was smiling and joking with the nurses until I was put out. And for all of you who didn't get to one while counting back- I would just like you to know.... I so got to one! :) And I even got to go to Ireland on a mini vacation while they took out my gallbladder in Elmira. :)

My friends also deserve an immense amount of credit because- those who have been there through all of this have been amazing. There are some who are just getting used to it and others who have been there for a long time. Like Sarah, since third grade to Josiah who is still learning about everything. They all are amazing and a wonderful support group to me. I am very blessed and thankful for them. Under friends, although I try not to double up I do believe I have the two stooges as pastors at my church. Pastor Chris and Pastor Tony are so amazing and I am so very grateful to have them in my life. They came to the hospital just in the nick of time to pray with me before I went off to surgery and then Pastor Chris came back to visit me today. They are wonderful people and are really living out God's will. I am so thankful for them especially because just having them there rooting me on... Calms my nerves.

My FAMILY is the most important and saved for the last. My aunts are very amazing... And so are my parents and my sister. They continue to show their love to me even at the most difficult of times and I am grateful for all of the people I have had brought into my life! What a wonderful group to have cheering you on.

Here's to a healthier and less painful night!

Love,

Victoria

"The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
- Deuteronomy 31:8

3 comments:

BJK said...

Hey Vic,

Your Home! Answered prayer...and Im sure God will heal you quickly.

Your post was so encouraging...I can only imagine what this mist be like for you and your frinds, family.

Prayer: God we thank you foe your faithfulness and grace in answering our prayers; we ask for continued healing for Vic and stengthen her as she prepares for next weeks procedure as well; Lord you are so amazing, we give you all the glory in Jesus Name, AMEN!

BJK

Chris said...

Hey Vic I just wanted to let you know that I'm so glad that you are in my life. You have taught me so much about life and all it has to offer. Through all of our struggles we have only become stronger and please keep that in mind. Physically, your health may seem less than optimal but you are at the same time the strongest person I know. Just know that even in bad times I am here for you and so are so many others and don't doubt that for a second. We are in this together because that's what friends do; stick together through thick and thin. Keep your head up! I'm glad we are on the recovery stage of this surgery and let's just take this one day at a time. Much love!

Anonymous said...

Hey Victoria,
I'm so happy to hear that your home from the hospital.Get some rest so that you can get stronger and feel better sooner!

Much Love-Kayla xxo