Pre-Op Physical is Over!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Well, it took all day, but I'm finally done with all the pre-op stuff for my shunt surgery on August 17th. Had to see the doc again for a short physical, then meet with anesthesia, and then labwork. Naturally, everyone was an hour or two behind schedule, so we were at the clinic for about four hours.

After hearing all the risks again, I'm feeling a tad anxious about it, but I have to make myself go through with this! I had the idea that it was simple, like putting tubes in a child's ears. WRONG! Aside from the usual risks of infection and bleeding, there's a risk of facial paralysis, hearing loss, bleeding from the brain, meningitis (because he's cutting very near the brain), and a bunch of others.

The good news is that God is good and He is control! There is an 85% chance that this will either eliminate or greatly reduce the Meniere's episodes I have. (Had one nearly every day this week because of the weather.)

Doc also warned me that I would probably be extremely dizzy for a while afterward plus in a lot of pain because they will drill through a bone. It'll be worth it if I can get some of my life back. I know God has His hand in this.

If anyone else has had the endolymphatic shunt surgery, I would love to hear about your experience.

Blessings to all,

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    Dear Sweet Marlene,
    Let go and let God. How wonderful to be so close to healing. This is what I pray happens for you---a wonderful and glorious healing.
    Just know that these physicians hands are guided by God and they have done so many of these surgeries.
    And, remember that anytime there is a negative reaction to any medicine, surgery, etc. they have to site that in the paperwork and also explain a little of those reactions to you.
    So, just relax and remember that many have gone before you. It is important to "Let Go and Let God". My DH is great at that and he has come out of a 6-Way By-Pass surgery like a champ! He just lets go and lets God and he lets the "professional" (meaning the dr.) do his best work with all his assistants.
    I believe your procedure is less invasive than what my husband went thru as I know many who have had this procedure done and most of them are family related on my husband's side plus some friends from California. No one had any problems from the stint surgery.
    Just know you have a lot of prayer warriors out here for you and we will not cease until you are through and well. I know, personally, how hard it is to relax as I have had many surgeries and procedures but that is the best advice for you. You are almost at the finish line, my friend. God bless you!
    Peace and blessings,
    Vicki emoticon
    4265 days ago
    Boy, that made my stomach flop, but we are children of the Most High God! You are (still) in my prayers~Cissy
    4268 days ago
  • PEBBLES32165
    Yes Marlene, God IS in control. And He will watch over you during the whole ordeal. I will be praying daily from here on that you will have a surgery without any complications and God will heal you so the disease is gone. Do you have my prayer for health and healing? If you don't I will send it to you. May God Bless You Richly!!!
    4273 days ago
    Marlene, I'm so sorry this is something you need to have done. You are so right though, God is in control! I pray that He will hold you through this, through the fear and anxiety beforehand, and through the pain and healing afterwards. I'm so glad this is something that might help - it would be such a blessing for you to have relief from all of this.
    4274 days ago
    Marlene, this is good that the tests are behind you. Things are moving and you seem in tremendous spirits for the surgery. I pray that all goes well and that things will improve drastically for you afterwards. You deserve it!
    Please tell me if there is anything I can do for you.
    Love, VĂ©ronique emoticon
    4274 days ago
    You know you are always in my thoughts and prayers :)
    God Bless
    4274 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Hello Marlene and Praise the Lord

    You will be in my prayers about this surgery, but you have it right, God is in control!!! He Is Jehovah Rophe, The Lord who heals! There is no great doctor in the world than our Father, Lord God. Please let us know how everything turms out my sister in Christ. (Even though we know it will turn out according to God's Perfect Will!)
    In Jesus Name
    4274 days ago
    Many blessings as you prepare for your surgery. God is the master physician, and you're certainly clear about who is in control.
    Grace and peace,
    4274 days ago
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