Thursday, December 13, 2007

prayers, answered

You know, it really is good to have a faithful God in heaven who hears and answers prayers.

My back is still the big problem but my worries about infection at some of the incisions are over. The staples came out on Tuesday last just in time for a bag change. I was in tears praying beforehand that the new two-piece ostomy bags would work well but afraid that they might fail too.

I believe God already had that answered last week when I ordered (blindly). I am happy to say the new ostomy supplies are working the way we need them to. God definitely put us in the right hands with the pharmacy as we got excellent recommendations for products to use and clear advice on how to apply them. The first bag swap from the new supplies has lasted three days now! And the two-piece bag is sooooo much easier to empty and clean. I do wish they had the little gas filter and a more solid bottom opening, but the two part design is much more livable than the one part stuck to me like I had in the hospital.

I've also been able to temporarily get some relief for my back using a little leftover oxycodone (Dr. Grasso said it was okay) and a rolled up beach towel right about where I wear my belt. It just occurred to me like :bing: I should try this. While laying down I can get my lumbar lifted back where it's supposed to be and give my muscles a big break. It's not the answer, but it's working in the meantime.

I'm worried about my friend Greg as I've not heard from him in a while. Imho, he got shafted with his ileosotmy. He was not told it could happen to him until right before his surgery and he did not get any advance education. If he's had the same troubles I've had, I know he's feeling pretty blue. Please, pray for Greg too. :(


Kimberly M., a.k.a. KimberlyKnits said...

Praise God! Oh, Sco, I am so happy. Overjoyed, even. Thank God you were able to get some relief. #happydance#

Please don't hesitate to drop me a line or give me a call if I can do anything, as I am definitely daytime-available most days currently (read: Unemployed). If you need the number, drop me a line at kimmurphysmith AT gmail DOT com.

Love you!

-- Scarlet

tinkknitz said...

Hey there big guy. Definitely recommend massage therapy for your back. It can be done lying on your back by a competent therapeutic massage therapist. Since you go to Towson, I have the name on an excellent practitioner there I used on a regular basis for a long time until the travel became difficult.

email me if interested.

Scattered Gemini said...

Wow, fantastic that the items you ordered are working better for you.

Hope your back starts feeling better soon.