Surgery's Over

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

My wonderful friends, thank you for your prayers and encouragement. As I write this I am still groggy and on lots of medication, so I hope I can make sense.

As the surgery neared, I started to feel that God was trying to tell me that things would not go well, but I was still supposed to go through with it. That was the source of my anxiety--that God was talking to me, but wasn't saying what I wanted to hear. Nonetheless, when God talks, I try to obey.

The surgery went well, despite taking over two hours and despite my fears.

The recovery room was where the trouble began. That's what God was preparing me for. I could not breathe on my own without oxygen. This was supposed to be "day surgery" with 30 minutes recovery time, so after nearly three hours in recovery, I was weary of the nurses and doctors waking me up every couple of minutes to "breathe." I just stopped breathing every couple of minutes. Obviously, they would not let me leave because they feared I would literally die in my sleep if I went home, so I had to be admitted to the hospital and placed on oxygen all night. Today, after the anesthesia had completed worn off, I was able to breathe again.

I thank every one of you for your prayers and encouragement. I am absolutely certain that God was telling me to expect a problem, and strangely it did help me deal with it, knowing that it was all part of God's plan. A blessing in disguise, because a half dozen doctors checked on me and determined that I have probably developed sleep apnea that contributed to the problems with anesthesia and now I have to under those tests. UGH--one more problem, but it sure beats dying.

Strangely, my faith is stronger than ever, because I know without a doubt that God was preparing me for this. He is ever faithful and this happened for a reason--so that I would be tested and treated for sleep apnea before it's too late.

Now, if I can just get through 3 days of not showering, (can bathe though), 7 days of NOT being able to wash my hair, (how can anybody do that?), then another week of holding a special cup over my ear when I wash my hair, plus having to sleep with the head of my bed elevated, grogginess, dizziness, pain, soreness, and swelling!

This darned surgery had better work! But at last , I feel at peace. God is good. 'nuff said.

May God pour out His blessing on every one of you.
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  • PEBBLES32165
    Marlene, Sorry this is late. I have been busy and think about you the whole time. I experienced the same thing you did of not being able to breathe after surgery. I dod not have sleep apnea but it is a good idea to get that checked. My problem was that I received to much anesthesia that my brain shut down not telling me to breathe. They had to wake me every 2 to 3 minutes and tell me to breathe. I hope all is going well. I need to go and read your other blog. Take Care and Be Blessed!
    4255 days ago
    Marlene, I'm so glad you are home and doing okay now. I hope the surgery works too. I will continue to pray that God will give you comfort and peace throughout your recovery.
    4256 days ago
    Glad for the update and I will continue to pray. So glad for God's presence and healing. At least that part is over! Thanks for letting us know and we look forward to when you can be back with us more.
    4256 days ago
    I bet you're glad it is all over and I will continue prayers for you. Relax now; you deserve it.

    4256 days ago
    When God leads you to it, he will lead you thru it. He is definitely a wonderful being! I am so thankful you came through and am hoping that he has helped guide the surgeons to heal you or your complications from vertigo. More prayers and good wishes sent your way. Know that you are not alone therough this! We are all here for you!

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    4256 days ago
    Glad you were able to post so quickly...still praying for your recovery and next challenges.
    Listening to God is often hard to do because (as you've experienced) it is usually not what we want to hear or is easy. Yet the more we listen, the better life can be for us. It may not be easy, but it is better because we are going through it with God.
    I hope you are proud of yourself not only for getting through the surgery, but for seeing how God has been moving and working in your life...that is hard for so many people to see.
    Keep being inspire so many of us! Hope you can get some rest today.

    4256 days ago
    PRAISE GOD! I am ecstatic that you have already been able to blog & let us know how you're doing, Marlene. We knew God was in charge, & YOU knew that we were here lifting you up in prayer while you & your family went through this necessary trial. I am so thankful that all has turned out well thus far, & I am confident that it will continue!

    I echo Jamie's sentiments about the sleep apnea & CPAP. I, too, have sleep apnea & have used a CPAP for quite a while, though I have a low pressure for sleep. You'll learn all about that part of it soon enough, but it's something you'll be able to help others with before too long. God doesn't allow anything that we can't deal with, & that we can't use to help others, either - so welcome to another trial & sharing experience of your life! lol

    I am also very thankful to be one to be able to support you through this - you are definitely a blessing to me & so many on this team. You rock! Keep up the positive thoughts, girl, & let us know when you're back at work.

    Lots of love,

    4256 days ago
  • BIGDAD1211
    Praise the Lord! I am so glad you are doing better, Marlene! You have been in my prayers and I am glad to see God's faithfulness. He is always right and always good, no matter what we think. I am also glad to hear that this has been your faith even stronger. Take it easy and rest up my friend. I am still keeping in my prayers as I do with all my SP Family!
    God Bless you
    In Jesus Name
    4256 days ago
    Praise God for his goodness. He does prepare us for the journey ahead. God is good and all the time God is good. Make me want to shout for his goodness.
    4256 days ago
    Alleluia! It is over. You are back home, the nightmare is behind you... What a relief for your family, I am sure. This unexpected hospital stay must have been quite an ordeal for all of you. Let your hubby take care of you now! The apnea thing is very puzzling, but you know that it can be dealt with.
    How is the pain? Please get plenty of rest.
    Thank you for taking the time to write to tell how it went!
    I am keeping you in my prayers and in my thoughts.
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    4257 days ago
    I am so glad things went well. Do not fret about the tests for sleep apnea, it is weird, it is something you will need to get used to, but you will be amazed at the difference in your sleep with a cpap if you do in fact have it. I found out I had sleep apnea on the first of June. The first half of my test I struggled breathing roughly 60-80 times an hour. This is not as bad as several I have talked to, but unlike many, I have to have a very high pressure for ait. It is hard to get used to, but when you do, you will never wish to sleep without the mask again. I am so happy that you made it through everything just fine. I am thankful that God eased your fears and that you felt Him by your side. You are a wonderful person and a blessing to many. Thank you for being you!
    God Bless

    4257 days ago
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