TAKE TWO SURGERY DAY
It's Jessi again, here to update you on the "Take Two" surgery day. First off, let me say thank you from our family to each of you for your dedicated prayers, the texts/e-mail, cards, and special gifts to express your love the past few weeks. It's been a delight to our hearts, and of course, my Mooma's heart to hear from you! Please don't stop checking in with her (if she is having a hard day or is too tired she just won't answer at that time) as the Lord brings her to your mind. We all know how encouraging it is to hear someone is thinking and praying for you.
This surgery felt very different. For starters, we didn't realize a second cancer existed, let alone another surgery was a possibility this soon after. Needless to say, it wasn't even on our radar! Secondly, we are VERY aware we can't take anything in life for granted. We do not know the details of the journey God has for each one of us, with His appointed suffering for His glory in our lives. Thus, we began our day (Poppy, Mooma and I), driving in a sober silence of listening to Mom's playlist of songs that encourage us to focus our minds with the Truth that is already in our Spirit.
We arrived at the outpatient surgery at 10:30 and Mooma was being taken back by 10:40. Her surgery was moved up, but thankfully many were able to send her videos, messages, photos of people wearing their shirts again and songs for encouragement before she went back. Her sister, spiritual son, and niece were all able to visit with her in person, following Dad and I having some prayer time with her (see photo collage). Mooma was once again wheeled back to surgery peaceful and later she told me her mind was focused on Christ and being a living sacrifice as she drifted off to sleep.
Gratefully, our waiting time also went well with my sister, nephew and niece also able to join us (and bring me some Chick-fil-A...always a Godsend to me! 🤗). The doctor came out almost exactly an hour after surgery to report that things went well. The pathologist BELIEVES the doctor was able to get ALL the DCIS cancer! However, they will double check that by having it sent to a lab to be "dissected" and analyzed to be sure. Therefore, as in all of life, the waiting game continues. Next week, at her follow up we should have the details of that report, and if he can confirm that the lab results matched what the pathologist saw today.
Mooma is home now and recovering in her recliner, surrounded by her latest words of encouragement and flowers (see picture). She is feeling a bit more discomfort this time, as of right now. Experiencing more dizziness and not feeling the same perk after her last surgery. Her recovery time is expected to be about the same as last time (except this surgery has no lymph incision), the Doctor said to expect the same things as before. Yet, we must live day by day, as only our sweet Saviour knows what is in store. Mom and I have noticed a pattern off and on of, one good day, and then one not so good day (fatigue, dizziness, etc) since her first surgery. We'll see if that pattern continues after her "Take Two".
"But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, 'Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. For I am the LORD your God' " ~ Isaiah 43: 1-3a
O Lord bless the saints who are praying us through this journey! Grant them revelations of Truth as they live out their own with You. Thy Will Be Done.
With Joy and Thanks,