Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Bye Bye Strep Throat

For over 2 years now, I've had recurring Strep throat. At this point, it usually returns within a week of finishing antibiotics. In December when it came back I was so aggravated with it, I just ignored it. By March I realized that was a selfish decision, as I was exposing my loved ones to it. So a month ago I went again to the ENT (for the millionth time, it seems), and he gave me the ultimatum. A strong antibiotic for 3 weeks and if it returns, tonsillectomy. Well, I finished it on a Thursday, and the strep was back by Monday. I felt like a kid getting called into the principal's office as I went again to the ENT yesterday. My surgery is planned for next Tuesday.

I know this is something that must be done. Last month I also had the boys checked and Chance had a "mildly positive" result for strep. I definitely don't want to give it to them over and over again. I also know eventually the antiobiotics won't work anymore. Plus, I had a friend whose strep went into her blood stream and she passed away (leaving her husband of 2 years with their first baby- 6 weeks old!). And as I was told in April, I can't just let this go...it eventually attacks kidneys, heart, etc.

But I'm nervous. Maybe it's because of the last (jaw) surgery and all it took to recover. I know this is not nearly as intense (1 hour instead of 3 hours of surgery), but I'm really dreading it. Really I'm dreading the recovery. The 2 weeks of soft foods isn't the bad part. Even if my throat "hurts like hell" as the doctor put it, I can handle it. It's the rule that I can't strain myself or lift anything for 2 weeks that will be perplexing. If I do strain myself within 5-10 days afterwards, I could bleed too much inside and things could get deadly fast. Just thinking about it makes me feel faint. And not lifting my kids is just about impossible. Thankfully, I have family that will be helping.

If you think of me next Tuesday, May 15th, please pray that God would speedily heal me, that I might not have any bleeding problems afterwards. And that I would have peace, and trust in Him instead of worrying. Health issues are much more stressful now that I have a husband and children that need me to be healthy! But my joy is in the fact that God is able to control all these things, and His will is perfect (Romans 12:2).


Angie said...

Comment from Melony:

I will be praying for you! I will ask God to help the dr. perform a good surgery, your recovery to be fast and no other complications to arise from this surgery. I know that GOD IS IN CONTROL! He is faithful and will not leave you for one second. If you need anything, please let me know.
God bless you! (Joshua 1:9)

Angie said...

Comment from Susan S.:

I will be praying for you and your family. Praying that you will have peace and all goes well. Love you!

Angie said...

Comment from Dee Momone:


I will also be praying for you and your family. I am NOT babysitting next week, so if I can help you in any way, please let me know. Even if its for a couple of hours here and there...I am willing. If you need food etc, please let me know. You have become VERY special to me and I believe God has put us together for a purpose. I admire you so much and thank God for young mothers let yourself who are in the Word!
Again, Please let me know if I can help.

Love and prayers,