I feel good.
My five day hospital stay came to an end.
I left yesterday afternoon with a catheter, a drain that is catching fluid from my abdomen, and a bag full of medicine.
I was able to leave a Book of Mormon with one sweet nurse. I really think she'd be a great member of the church. I love how she said that every Mormon she has ever met has been really happy. (I'm glad I wasn't the first cranky Mormon she knew. Haha.)
The kids all signed her book. It was fun. I would love to give any of you a copy too if you'd like one. (Just email me your address!) My goofy kids had so much fun decorating our note.
I really love good hospitals. They remind me of churches. It is beautiful to be surrounded by people who heal. Todd and I love people. How we enjoy time together while so many new people come in and out. Rarely do you get 20 minutes alone with a stranger. It's beautiful.
I enjoy learning about families and histories. So many immigrants work as hospital staff. We met a woman recently immigrated from Cuba with her husband and 7 year old daughter. She came through Canada, had to go to Florida to get help through Catholic Charities, and then moved to Upstate New York for work.
With her eyes full of wonder and fun expression trying to pour through her very limited English, she said how much her daughter LOVES snow! She said her daughter wants to build a snowman every day. Mom thinks "is too cold", but daughter says "is so fun".
She needs to work to get money, but she greatly anticipates one day seeing New York City. Wow. What a life story!
I don't even know enough about immigration or immigration regulations to know the politics behind this woman's journey. But, I am so glad she's here with her family and I believe good, hardworking (honestly, you should have seen her scrub my room) people like her can't help but make our country stronger.
My surgery was amazing. I feel so blessed. I'm not sure I really understand all that they did in this eight hour surgery, but this is what I think happened.
My Miyagi Urologist robotically cleaned out adhesions (scar tissue) from all inside me. He fixed my fistula, removed the stitched part of my ureter and re-implanted it into my bladder. I had purple non-dissolvable stitches all over that he was able to carefully remove. I think he operated over 5 hours on me! He is an amazingly skilled robotic doctor.
Then, my Irish colon doctor robotically cleaned adhesions from all around my intestines. The worst adhesions were from an intestinal surgery I had when I was twelve. He spent over and hour getting my intestines to be free floating in my abdomin.
He opened up my stomach along my vertical scar. I had a hernia that was the length of my scar and more near my belly button. He made sure the intestines were clear and in a good place and then turned me over to plastic surgery to close me up again.
Dr Belly (as I like to call him) had seen my most recent CT scan. He showed me that my abdomen had no muscle (it was all atrophied) because I had two horizontal cuts on my belly that cut off blood supply to the muscle. The first horizontal cut was for that surgery when I was 12, then I had two c-sections (Leah and Lily)- thus, no muscle.
Dr Belly took muscle from the left side and moved it towards the right/center. This gave a barrier between my intestines and skin so I am less likely to hemorrhage again. Then, he spent hours slowly stitching me closed.
I can't lift more than ten pounds for six weeks. Little Ben is 23 pounds of chub.
I'm very tender, my insides are sore. I'll have a catheter for at least two weeks.
I texted a picture of my stomach to my cute sister who had a beautiful tummy tuck last year. I really think my stomach still looks pretty sad,
I was shocked when she texted me this back--
I think Mr Belly really did a nice job. He came and sat by my bed a couple nights just chatting with me. He said he never does general surgery these days. I think I made him feel good. I had no idea how much he had fixed me up. I probably should have thanked him a little bit more. (I'll see him again soon.)
Anyway, soo good to be home.
My nest is best.
I love it here.
I love writing this little blog of mine.
I'm grateful for weeks in the hospital.
Thanks for reading about my silly surgery.
Thanks for caring.
I really like people.
Don't you just feel how good life is sometimes?