Saturday, October 03, 2009
I'm home from surgery!
Well, I made it through my kidney stone surgery and I"m back at home. I got home last night around 7 PM.

The surgery on Thursday went far better than expected (in large part I'm sure due to the prayers everyone has sent out)! The surgeon made the incision into my back, stuck the nephrostomy tube in and went in to laser and pull out the first large kidney stone. She had reserved the O.R. for 4 hours, expecting my case to be a bit complicated. Miraculously, the kidney stone just crumbled to bits before she even started attempting to laser it! She was in and out in a bit less than an hour!

My surgeon told me later that she had to laugh because she was standing next to the Recovery Room nurse when I woke up from surgery and the first question I asked was, "Do I still have my kidney?!" And the next question I asked was, "Is it still working?" Thank goodness the answer was, "Yes" to both of those questions.

Yesterday morning I was sent back to the Cath Lab so that radiology could do a dye injection test of my kidney to see what stone fragments were left from the first kidney stone and to see how big the 2nd stone still was (the surgeon didn't have access to that stone through her first point of entry and warned me she'd in all likelihood have to do a second surgical procedure at a later date). The radiology nurse called Oronzo while I was still asleep from the procedure and told him that it appears the 1st stone was broken into small enough bits to be passed naturally and that the 2nd stone was broken up too!! So, there's a good chance I may not need the second surgery! Time will tell.

I was released to go home last night and sent home with some pretty powerful pain medication. I'm walking quite slowly and certainly can't bend or lift anything but I am walking under my own steam at the moment. Snuggle Bug and Boo were excited to see me come home last night and were very good about heeding Oronzo's warning that I couldn't hold them and they had to be very careful around me. Snuggle Bug wanted to see my "owie" on my back (where the incision was made to get to my kidney) and he seems to accept my news that I'm okay and that the doctor got rid of the owie inside of my kidney.

I found myself exhausted by 8 PM and went to slowly head in to bed. Snuggle Bug and Boo each took one of my hands and said, "We'll help you get to bed" and they walked very slowly with me to put me in to bed and give me "goodnight" kisses. They were very sweet!

Speaking of sweet, thank you so much for your prayers! I know they made a difference. God's hands were clearly all over this surgery for it to have turned out as well as it did!

I'll try to keep you all posted of my progress as I can. For now, although I won't be out running any marathons anytime soon, I'm doing as well as can be expected and I'm thankful that I'm at home and that my recovery appears to be going well so far.

I am feeling very blessed!

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At 6:07 AM, Blogger Nadine said...

So glad to hear you're doing well! Keep it up!

At 6:29 AM, Blogger Carey said...

Thanks for the update.
Im so glad you are doing well.

At 6:47 AM, Blogger Sally said...

Praise God! So glad you're home and on the mend.

At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad that everything went well!

At 9:09 AM, Blogger Magi said...

Good news! Sounds like it couldn't have gone any better.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Eagles Wings said...

Praise God! That is good news..
How adorable Snuggle Bug & Boo helping you to walk to bed...that is so precious!!!

At 5:40 PM, Blogger T with Honey said...

This is wonderful news. I didn't get around to leaving a comment before but I've been thinking about you and hoping surgery would be a success.

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous superpaige said...

That doesn't sound fun at all. I hope you are back on your feet again soon.

At 8:53 PM, Blogger Jacquie said...

"We'll help you get to bed"
Oh my how precious are your children.

Glad to hear all went well and you are home and healing.

At 4:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am SO happy you are doing well! Take good care of yourself.


At 3:49 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

eeps hope you have a speedy recovery!

At 5:55 PM, Anonymous KidsEatFreePlaces said...

So glad to hear your surgery went well. Many prayers for a quick recovery!

At 1:33 PM, Blogger PastorMac's Ann said...

Thankful to hear that things went better than planned and you are doing well.

At 5:12 PM, Blogger shopannies said...

hope you feel better soon so happy to know your surgery went well

At 12:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just now saw this post,I am glad things went so well.I naturally passed a stone a few years back,oh my that was a nightmare.Glad your on the mend.

At 7:41 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'm so glad that everything went well with the surgery and you're back home being spoiled by your family :) Continued prayers for a smooth recovery!

At 3:02 PM, Anonymous Cheryl B. said...

I stopped by your blog to verify that you were still hosting your Friday "theme day".

In case you aren't sure why I would do that, please first go here:

and then read this one:

From what I could see, you are no longer hosting yours, then again ... you had listed future topics awhile back. Perhaps you havn't been due to health issues? Either way, PLEASE let me know via: pink bunnies (at) sbc global (dot) net

Cheryl B.

p.s. - glad to hear your surgery was sucessfull, as well as passing the home inspection :-} Two BIG deals!!!

At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 5:46 AM, Blogger Carey said...

Popping in to say Hi. Hope you are doing well and having a great week.
Kids ready for Halloween?

At 8:14 AM, Blogger I Support Adoptions said...

What a beautiful blog! I didn't know where to look first! I love your Romans 8:15 button! Hope you are feeling well. Your site is a resource in the adoption community!Maria

At 5:26 PM, Blogger boysmum2 said...

Glad all is well and that the kids are looking after you properly. you just watch the passing of those remaining lumps, they can be very very painful. I have seen grown men cry when having kidney stones so make sure you keep you pain meds up to date and have them to hand if needed. get well soon

At 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOW! I sit here amazed. I got to your web page while looking for a recipe for scalloped potatoes. :-} When I saw the beautiful pictures I was hooked and then I read some of the postings. What a mighty and amazing God we serve! May He continue to bless you and your family.

Oh...and thanks for posting the recipe!

At 2:00 AM, Anonymous Fun & Fact said...

Oh thank God you are alright! We were all so worried. Glad you and the family are okay. Keeping fingers crossed you find a house soon.


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