Update on Surgeries
Sunday, May 17, 2020
I have had a very hard month since the two surgeries. I ran into complications when the surgeon used something on my body that I am allergic too and that is paper tape. I was told not to disturb the bandage in any way shape or form for 48-hours and that included not getting it wet. Now, I know me and if I had looked back there I would be picking at the bandage so I didn't look at it but my back kept hurting worse each day and when the 48-hours was up I looked and saw the paper tape. I called my prayer partner and she came flying over to my home, as she was there in less than 5 minutes. She told me that she heard me crying and it's not the same kind of crying I do when I am laying on the floor in the church. I told her what was happening and she was taking the bandages off while I was litterally screaming bloody murder at the top of my lungs. She kept telling me that she was sorry and I told her to please just get the bandages off of me that God had us both but I told her I couldn't remain silent with this pain.
Once the bandages were off and we cleaned the area with baby soap i hear her gasp and I asked her what was happening and she told me that I had HUGE welts coming up on my back and that they were very angry. I told her that it was the allergic reaction. Once the paper tape was taken off and the incision which is six inches long, which lets you know how big of a hole they cut out of my back, was cleaned up I wasn't in all of that pain any longer and I was very appreciative and grateful.
I went back two weeks later to get the stitches removed and I was asked if I had any complications and I told the doctor what had happened and I received an apology for them missing that allergy fact. I was told that they would put some butterfly stitches on the incision but they were not able to do that because the butterfly stitches are paper tape. So, for the past two-weeks I have had to keep my elbow as close to my side as possible. I was given these instructions along with that one tidbit.
1. No stretching my hand or arm up or out in any direction.
2. No lifting.
3. No pulling.
4. No pushing.
5. No twisting.
6. No turning.
7. No bending.
8. No using my cane.
I was told that since I had only 20% strength holding the incision together if I did any of these things, I would risk ripping the incision open and they would have to stich me up again. I understood and I did the best that I could to adhere to what I was told.
My prayer partner came to my home one day and made me a big pot of spagetti and I had a meal and froze six meals. She cleaned out my upright freezer and did my dishes for me. I did ask her if she would look at my back because there was an area that was so sore and it was hurting and sure enough the incision had separated in that area. The only thing I can think of that happened is that during one night I was jolted to an upright position in my bed because I felt like someone was stabbing me in the back and I twisted each time I woke up and I felt the pain and reminded myself that I am not able to do that. That area of the incision finally healed too. I did ask the doctor how often I needed to come back to be checked for cancer and he told me for now every two months.
Now, my leg is still in a cast and I had to see that surgeon on emergency two different times. The first time is because my leg was so swollen and I had developed phlebitis in my leg. He had to bivalve my cast until the swelling went down and then he put another cast on my leg. I am spending so much time in the bed with my foot and leg elevated as I don't want to develop phlebitis again and the swelling starts coming back with a vengence with me being up about 20 minutes. I don't like being in the bed all that time but it is a necessity to keep me safe and I will be seeing the leg surgeon on the 20th of this month and I will find out if we are able to to on to stage two of the surgeries.
I am well and God is good and I know that He has me and I am just resting in Him as He takes such wonderful care of me. I will continue to keep you posted when I am able. Thank you for taking the time to read this very long blog!!!!
- Nancy Jean -