Friday, February 22, 2008

A Different Kind of Pain

Well, I had my surgery this past Tuesday and it went very well. We arrived at the hospital at 10 am and left that evening around 7 pm. There were a few snags when we arrived with the billing department... everyone is trying to get more money before the insurance kicks in. All I can say is, "Thank God for insurance!" Seriously, I don't know how families survive without it but more than half of our nation is uninsured.

My doctor came across more scar tissue and endometriosis than what he expected. He had to make a few extra incisions just to get to it all but was pleased with the results and that's what matters. I had no problems with the surgery, not that I was expecting any, and was actually ready to go home that night. I'm still a little groggy from the anesthesia but it's gradually wearing off and I'm able to stay awake longer and longer. I am in pain but it's a different kind of pain than what I had when I went in. And, the pain is much less than what I had before I went in for surgery... imagine that when I've got four incisions in my belly! I am amazed by that fact alone! And, I am thankful for some of the best medical care in Houston. My doctor is consider a top-specialist in his field and I have the pleasure of being one of his patients.

My amazing husband has been working hard at taking care of me and our beautiful little girl. Gregg has had more than his fair share of work around here lately. I cannot wait until I am well enough to take some of the burden from his shoulders. Gregg hasn't complained about the extra work around the here and that has made me all the more thankful for the wonderful man I am married to.

Another reason to be thankful, we had an incredible meal prepared for us by some sweet friends ours and they brought it over tonight. We gratefully delved into the feast displayed before us and thanked God for our friends, Johnny and Jenni, for their prayers and their compassion.

It has been a difficult month but we have had much to be thankful for as we journeyed through it. Friends and family have continually prayed for us and have been quick to offer encouragement whenever we have needed it. We found a good daycare center for Violet to spend her days in while all of this has been taking place. And, as difficult as this has been on her, Violet has done fairly well throughout this whole process. These are just a few of the things out of an amazingly long list that we have to be thankful for. Trying to be aware of these things has helped me to keep perspective on the trials we've been going through. It's rather difficult to grumble about the things that are less than perfect in life when you are searching for reasons to be thankful. And I would much rather speak words of thanksgiving than those of complaining. It's not always easy to do, especially when you are in the midst of pain (in one form or another), but it's something I strive for and hope to attain someday.

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