Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Another Day, Another Doctor!

Good Morning! Man, did I sleep last night! I was asleep by 9:30 pm, didn't even know when my husband came to bed, and didn't even get up to go to the facilities during the night! When my hubby got up to go to work I heard him - was aware he was up - but went right back to sleep and didn't wake up again until he called me @ 6:30 to make sure I was awake. I wasn't, so it's a good thing he called!

First, a huge thank you for all your thoughts and prayers! Especially to Tish, Nancy, Jane and Sue ~ you know who you are!!!! Tish, your words were just what I needed last night - thank you!!! Despite all you are dealing with right now, you took the time to reach out to me - you are a very precious friend! Nancy and Jane, the sweetest 2/3 of our 'Three Sisters in Christ'! The love and caring you two show me means more than you will ever know! The fact we have only known each other about 1 1/2 years, but yet have such a strong bond of love and friendship is, in itself, so very amazing, and a very precious gift! Thank you for holding me up with your love and your prayers! I love you both! And Sue, knowing that I have a prayer warrior on her knees is wonderful. Knowing that we don't know each other beyond an e-mail or two and yet you are praying is mind-boggling!

Just a quick catch-up on yesterday's happenings: The urologist tried to insert a catheter in the office and couldn't. The whole problem is that the scar tissue from where my dad had radiation for prostate cancer YEARS ago is causing blockages in his urethra (sp?).

We have to go today to do pre-op for outpatient surgery on Friday. He will insert a 'camera' up in there and find the scar tissue and snip it. Then he will insert the catheter. He is also going to go in just above the pelvic bone (I think that's what he said) and temporarily insert a tube. In case the catheter gets blocked or something, my dad can open the tube and drain his bladder. He thinks that will be there for about two weeks.

This means we have pre-op and an appt. with his primary dr. today, outpatient surgery on Friday. That also means I'll have to take my mom for her first of the month shop-a-thon on Monday, and that gives me 3 days max to get everything ready for our trip - should we still get to go! I'm reserving the right to postpone or go somewhere closer until after the surgery on Friday. If he's doing okay, we'll still go - just maybe not as far away as Savannah, but somewhere within a couple of hours from here. Not onlydo I need to get away, but my sweet hubby has been under a lot of stress at work, and he really needs and deserves a break, too!

As for today, I can handle most anything as long as I get some sleep, but when I don't get it, I get bitchy and can't focus as well as I need to! I had a hard time talking to the urologist (oh man, is he gorgeous!!!) yesterday and when I apologized he said "You look like you are exhausted!" and reached over and hugged around me. Not only is he gorgeous, but I think he's a really good, caring and compassionate doctor. We have been so fortunate over the years to have many wonderful doctors for my dad! We just adore his cardiologist and vascular surgeon. His primary - not so much, but daddy would not let us change to someone else for the world!

I just talked to mama and she didn't sleep well - partly because she dozed yesterday afternoon after we got home, and partly because she was afraid she would oversleep. She should know by now that I would call her early, but I guess she doesn't.

I am not really worried about the surgery. For one thing, the same doctor did basically the same procedure last month when he was in CCU and he did fine. They only sedate him the minimum amount because the risks of fully sedating him are too great. And for the other thing, he is in God's hands. This may sound harsh but I have great peace in saying it: Even if something happens and he doesn't make it through, I will have peace because I know that we've done everything we possibly could for him, and 'absent from the body is present with the Lord'! Although when that time comes I will grieve my loss, I will also rejoice knowing that Daddy will no longer be in pain, and will be whole and healthy and able to move around in a way he hasn't here on earth for several years now! In the words of my sweet hubby, 'he will live like he's never lived before!'.

Oh, and one more thing!!! I know they won't read this, but I'd love to thank the Clerk of Court, United States District Court in Gainesville, Georgia!!! A few weeks ago I had received a summons to jury service beginning yesterday! I wrote them a letter explaining my situation with my parents, and they excused me from service. Thank you for that! Can you imagine going through all we've been through the last 38 or so hours and worrying about getting to Gainesville for jury duty??? I could not have done it! So I am very grateful they were so understanding and excused me from that responsibility!

Well, I need to go get ready and back on the road again! I think I'll stop at Guys and get my favorite - a big old biscuit, buttered and with a chunk of old fashioned hoop cheese in the middle for my breakfast.

That's it from Camellia Cottage Senior Medical Services. I'll talk to y'all later, B.


K-Sue said...

Praying for you, that when you sleep you will sleep deeply, that when you are with parents and all who are working with them you will be kind, wise, loving, patient, and just plain bolstered by the Holy Spirit, and that when you are home you will be enjoying home without resenting time you must spend away from it. Consider us who are friends and sisters in Christ and blog-strangers to be that supportive "other sibling" who may live far away, but who checks in to say, "Sorry we cannot be there. You go girl. You are doing a great job. Thanks for taking care of Mom and Dad."

Anonymous said...

Wow, K-Sue said the best things and in the best way, who could add or top that?

I would like to add one thing though....a good hug from a cute doctor (and I just bet he smelled good too, right?), I'd say that was mini reward #1 just for being there!! Ha ha!

Good luck today and the rest of the week! Soldier on! -T

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Anonymous said...

Sorry you won't make it to Savannah and will keep my fingers crossed everything goes well for your dad and your whole family!

Ladybug in TN said...

God is holding you in the palm of His hand when you feel the next step is not gong to be made. His love never fails His child. You are special to me and to Him. Keep your eyes on the Lamb, my sister.

In His Grace