Additional Surgery

A number of months ago, I wrote about the fact that I had to go for emergency surgery due to a large abscess that I developed.  At that time, I was told that there was a 1 in 4 chance that I might need additional surgery to further correct the problem after 3 months.  About a month ago, I went for a follow-up visit to the doctor who confirmed that I was probably one of the “1” in 4 and would most likely need the additional surgery.  However, he had some hope that it might just heal on it’s own and gave it another month to find out for sure.

Since that time, we have been praying very hard that God would miraculously heal me or that the doctor would be wrong about his initial diagnosis.  We have also been asking many of you to pray with us.  Our main reason for this is that during the first month or so after the last surgery I was very limited in what I could do including being unable to drive.  This was a bit of a problem since I was required to go into the homecare center every day to get bandages and packing replaced.  Carolanne had to drive me there every day for almost a month.  If I have to go for this next surgery, I may need to go through that again, the difference being that we will have a brand new baby added to the mix.  Carolanne is due to have the baby on Oct. 8.

Today we went to the doctor’s again for the second check and final diagnosis.  It would seem that in spite of our prayer, faith and hope, God has other plans for me and I am not healing as I should be.  The doctor has confirmed that we will need to schedule a second surgery, resulting in another 2-3 months of recovery.

Suffice to say, we’re both quite devastated.  We had been praying so hard that God would heal me and that we wouldn’t have to go through this again with a new baby, but it would seem that He has not chosen to answer.  We’re not sure what the future weeks will hold but we would appreciate if you would continue to remember to pray for us.

2 thoughts on “Additional Surgery

  1. you could be a bit rebellious after this 2nd surgery and simply care for it at home and have it heal perfectly and keeping it open at the same time. Just make sure you have a large supply of sugar and material for dressings. Rinse the wound 2-3 times per day depending on how big it is… and fill it with sugar after each rinse. cover and repeat. will be weepy and wet and sticky and messy but it will heal. did this with large infected wounds in Africa and at our University Hospital here sugar is used regularly for wounds that don’t want to heal otherwise. that would keep you closer to home and save you the trips to the hospital for dressing changes. You will find that the wound will be completely clean and will gradually fill in from the bottom and heal with very little scarring… all the best.

  2. James I’m sorry to hear that you’ll have to go through another surgery. Our prayers may not always be answered the way we want them to be, but I know God cares for you guys and will provide the help you need. Fritz and I will pray for you and Carolanne and Ben…and your new baby!

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