I made it!

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I apologize for not writing sooner. We arrived in Atlanta Sunday morning and it was exhausting for me (physically). And since Monday I've been a bundle of nerves and just trying to get through all my pre-op appointments. Wednesday afternoon I finally got to meet my main Doctor Dr. Ken Sinervo and within 5 minutes he had taken every fear I had, completely away. He is by far the kindest and sweetest Doctor I have ever met, and I have dealt with a lot of Doctors. After he examined me, he hugged me, and I almost cried because it gave me so much relief. Wed night I did prep for surgery and it was rough on me, because I get sick easily to my stomach. But I made it through. 

Thursday morning we arrived at the hospital and they started getting me set up. Everyone at the hospital was kind, patient, and very supportive. I have deep veins so it took an hour (and lots of trys) to get my IV in, but we finally won the battle. Before surgery the Doctor came in to speak to us again and then they wheeled me back in the operating room.

In the room everyone was very sweet and asking me about my goats. The Doctor showed me a picture of his new puppy and then he took my hand and held it while I went to sleep, and he said a prayer. I have never felt so safe and comforted before surgery in my entire life.

When I woke up they moved me into extended recovery and into a private room. Kevin stayed with me for a while but I was passing out a lot, so finally he went home to get some rest himself, and I slept off and on all night. I had a T.V. to distract myself with. My bladder had a hard time waking up like it always does and I told the nurses my concerns because after my last surgery it took the nurses 45 minutes to give me relief after my bladder locked up. These nurses promised not to let me suffer and they didn't - not even a little. 

A lot of things that the Doctors in Canada had told me were wrong with me- turned out not be. I had no hernia (well actually I do, but it's not causing trouble and it's not where they thought it was) and I had no muscle separation which is what a specialist in Toronto told me I had. I had a tremendous amount of endometriosis and adhesion's which had stuck everything together and not only that, stretched things into places they don't even remotely belong. The Doctor removed all of it, and a couple of my organs he couldn't not save because of the damage to them. He even gave us pictures, which really helped us to understand. He said everything in there was a horrible mess and he can see how much pain it would have been causing, and because he's removed everything visible, he's very confident I am going to feel a whole lot better once I get through the tough part of recovery! 

I came back to the hotel yesterday afternoon and last night was the worst for pain. But the meds helped a lot. The Doctor gave me something to help me sleep so I got through the night quite nicely. Today I'm just resting and Kevin is taking care of me. I'm still pretty tired and groggy, so if this doesn't make sense, just remember I'm still drugged up! :) 

I can't thank each and everyone of you enough for your encouragement, love and support. It has helped tremendously in getting through this. I've been thinking of all your thoughts and prayers, through this entire situation and it's given me strength. 

I miss all my critters terribly, and I cannot wait to be home snuggling my little dogs. We see Dr. Sinervo on Monday for a check up and our flight home is Thursday. We should be home Friday if all goes well. I'd like to go home right now, but I know that's not possible. We also need to wait and make sure I'm safe to travel. For now, I'm falling asleep again, so I'm off to rest, but I wanted to update you guys and thank you again! I'm so glad to be on the other side of this operation and I am so looking forward to healing! 

Comments

Dreaming said…
Rest well. So glad it is over and you can begin to heal and move on. You are cute as a button in your picture!
jaz@octoberfarm said…
yay!!!! the worst is behind you. i am so happy to hear how nice everyone was and how well you came through it. now you must take your time and get better! what a relief it will be for you to start feeling better, just don't overdue it! keep us posted!
Dee said…
I am so glad to hear from you! I kept checking to see if you had posted. Sounds like you lucked out with this doctor! Take care of yourself and do not do too much too soon.
12Paws said…
So glad to read your post! Praise God for your good news. He is the Ultimate Physician & He so loves you. Take care & follow all orders so you'll be farmin' away soon.
Michele said…
I bet you are so relieved to have that behind you. Heal quickly. You'll be home before you know it.
Nana-Bob said…
Rest, rest, rest. Let go of everything and just concentrate on that. :) We are praying for you and I just know you are going to be 100% very soon!
Dewena Callis said…
God bless you, sweet girl! So surprised to see you posting but grateful as you've been much in my mind and prayers. We'll still keep praying for the days ahead that you can perfectly heal. You do your part by following dr's orders, please!
Cheryl H. said…
Yeah!! It is behind you. I have been praying and looking for an update. So glad you had kind doctors and nurses. Now, behave and no lifting and you'll be back to farming soon. Pain free!!!
O'Quilts said…
I am proud of you that you are so brave. I cannot wait to hear how wonderful you are feeling and how life has taken such a great turn for you.
LoriU said…
Oh this is excellent news! I am so glad you are past the surgery and on the road to recovery.
Terra said…
You received lots of tender loving care in addition to the successful surgery. "For I will restore health to you, and I will heal your wounds says the Lord." Jeremiah 30:17
I'm so glad everything is working out well for you. Take care of yourself, get as much rest as you need. You are free of so much worry now. The best is ahead of you.
Jan said…
It's great to hear that you are doing so well. I live just south of Atlanta and we have had so much rain in the last 3 weeks it's been crazy. I was hoping you weren't in any of the bad storms they had up there. Good to know that the Dr's took good care of you. Rest well and you will be posting about your animal family soon. I know they miss you too.
Jan
Jan said…
It's great to hear that you are doing so well. I live just south of Atlanta and we have had so much rain in the last 3 weeks it's been crazy. I was hoping you weren't in any of the bad storms they had up there. Good to know that the Dr's took good care of you. Rest well and you will be posting about your animal family soon. I know they miss you too.
Jan
Ian H said…
Way to go Donna. I knew you were a fighter!
Kim said…
Soon you will be in your forest haven once more . No pain. No lying in bed. Just your peaceful forest that I read about all the way from Australia , with all your lovely animals .
Take it slow and imagine all the wonderful times you have ahead enjoying your little paradise.
Denise in PA said…
So good to hear from you, Donna! And, it sounds like everything went so well - I am so relieved for you! Thank you for taking the time to give us an update! Rest up and have a good trip home give those little puppies a hug from me too when you get there. o:)
So happy to read that you are doing well and that they think they've been able to help you. :) Take care!!
Mary Ann said…
Donna and Kevin... I am so very, very happy for you, and this new start to a happy life in the future. Just work on getting better!
Leigh said…
What a great report! And what a relief. We'll be praying for a quick and problem free recovery.
Donna, that sounds like the bestest Dr. in the world. What a man, why can't they all be like that?

I'm so glad he actually has discovered what was causing you so much pain.

Best recovery!
Lana88 said…
Bless your heart!! I am so glad everything went well and sooo thankful you have such an awesome doctor!! Prayers for a speedy recovery for you. :)
Linda Parker said…
So good to hear you are on the mend! Prayers are continuing for a fast and easy recovery!
Glad for the catch up!! You always have a smile on your face!! So good! I know your animals are missing you - but they will soon have an all new you!! Just rest and do what the good Drs. say!! God Bless!
Ellen in Oregon said…
HOORAY!!! Donna, I am so happy that surgery went great. I am sooooo happy that your search for help has ended well. You are so fortunate to have found a great surgeon who had the skills needed to get you feeling as good as possible. Kevin must be very relieved to have everything go so well. I didn't even expect that you would be able to do a post already, so I was thrilled to see that you were feeling up to anything like that.
Get as much rest as possible & eat lots of protein so you can start healing up.
I am very happy to hear everything went well & that you were well cared for. You will be home in no time & I hope you will be feeling better than you have in years. I hope you have a plan to keep all the boys from jumping on your tum, because that what they will want to do as soon as they see you.
Take care

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