Sunday, August 30, 2009

Home Sweet Home

The doctor came to the hospital today around 10:30 a.m. She removed my drain tube (which was about two feet long!), answered my questions, wrote me a prescription for pain medication, and wrote my discharge order! My sweet brother, Cary, and my even sweeter niece, Sydney, came and helped Mark load up all my flowers and gifts and drove them to the house for me.

It sure felt good to be home - back to my couch and my own bed! It felt good until around 4:00 p.m. when I discovered that my body is not actually digesting the pain pills that were prescribed for me. My pain level had been slowly increasing during the afternoon until I was at the point of tears. Unfortunately, it hurts my surgery site too much to actually cry...I thought about cussing, but thankfully was able to refrain! Then I saw the problem - undigested pills in my ileostomy bag. I hadn't actually received pain medicine for hours! My sweet husband went to the pharmacy and asked them to fill the prescription with liquid medication, they called the doctor who agreed, and by 7:00 p.m. I was drifting off into a medicated stupor.

I have a follow-up appointment with the surgeon on Friday. Until that time I will be resting and taking pain meds every four hours! The pathology reports should come back sometime this week. Please pray that God will show those dissecting the surgery specimens everything they need to see so that we have an accurate report.

I can't thank you enough for all your thoughts, cards, messages, gifts, and prayers this week. Thank you for always encouraging us! I love you with my whole heart!


  1. I heard you got released today from Ms Teri and PJ at Splash Day!! We missed you and Mark but several of us were taking pics so you can enjoy them on Facebook soon!! I pray that your new medication is doing the trick and you get the much needed rest to help your recovery. We love you too and can not wait til you are back with us!!

  2. You can make up or invent a new cuss word... something like "Frap!!!! Frap Frap Frap!!!!" children always thought that Frap with a C was a cuss word even though I told them it really wasn't but I can't even say it with a C because of them... maybe it is.. I just never thought so.. or maybe "DagBobit" instead of dagumit...although of course dagumit isn't a cuss word but why not invent one for the situation?

    I am super glad your home!

    God, you have brought Laura this far and You have been so amazing,wonderful, powerful and kind... please finish off with an absolutely completely accurate result of the surgery specimens and fill Laura with the knowledge that assures her that it is accurate and she may rest in it... because God I am assuming it is going to be a good report and I thank you for that already! Amen! Thank you Jesus!"

  3. Laura:
    Grateful you are home and things go uphill from here. Home truly is a wonderful thing! I just say "MY WORD!" and then it covers it all. My kids laugh at me and wonder what do I really mean...surprise, shock, frustration, pain, or what? Just "MY WORD" pretty much covers it all! Praying for you daily. I cannot wait to hear how God is going to prove to the world who He is through that path report this week.

    Much love and prayers,
    Rebecca Patterson

  4. Welcome Back Home! Can't wait to see you back at CoF. God Bless You!

  5. Laura,
    So glad you are home! Praying for you and the upcoming reports, etc. I am so proud of you; I would have cussed!!!!!!!You are awesome!