Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Wonders of Technology (surgery update)

So I had my tonsillectomy today. Everything went smoothly, thank you, Lord! My doctor said we definitely did the right thing because my tonsils were so saturated with Strep that it looked like cottage cheese. Sorry if that's too much info. I know I've had strep for 2 years, maybe longer. Unlike most strep-sufferers, my symptoms and cases are usually mild. I usually only know by the swollen glands under my jaw and "pus pockets" in the back of my throat (again, sorry if that's too much info). As the nurse was asking me about it, she was so sympathetic, saying "Wow, I know that had to hurt." I told her I didn't deserve much pity, since it never really hurt. She was amazed, saying normally that should hurt. Chalk it up to high tolerance for pain, I guess. At least that's Chuck's theory. So thank you God for a high tolerance to pain! :) Since I'm not much for running to the doctor every time my throat is sore, I never realized what a big deal strep was. I think I've learned my lesson today.

Anyhow, we're home now, and I'm so grateful for a husband who waits on me hand and foot. My throat is very sore, of course. Think "swollen, almost like there are stitches in the back." Everything is fine though, until I have to swallow or talk. And the anesthesia has zapped my strength. All this to say, I'm so thankful Chuck is such a techie. (Can't you just hear the song from Napolean Dynamite, "I love technology, but not as much as you, you see, always and forever"? ha!) I told him this morning that his ears might get some time off this week...ah, but not his brain. I can still make myself heard, thanks to technology. If I need him, the traditional bell to ring is replaced by our cell phones. If I need to have a conversation, we have instant messenger with our laptops. And of course, I'm not cut off from you, because my fingers can still type out this blog :)

So THANK YOU to all my friends and family who have been praying. It has been a great comfort. And for those who've offered meals and visits, we'll be ready tomorrow I think. I can eat only soft foods, which Chuck is skilled at making me from my last jaw surgery, but I'm sure he would appreciate some real food. He's so busy caring for me, I doubt he's able to eat as well as he'd like. And THANK YOU to the grandparents (Nana, Big Daddy, Grandpa and Grandma) who have the boys. It was so hard to leave them in Austin yesterday, but it's so comforting to know they're in loving and capable hands. I miss them dearly but I'm glad they don't have to witness this. And in the long run they'll have a healthier mom...what more could I ask for?


Angie said...

Comment from Melony:

I'm so glad to hear that you are doing well!!! Thank God!!! He's so good! I hope you got some rest... Chuck is a wonderful husband to be helping out so much! I will have to get back to you about a time that I will be stopping by. I pray that your healing process is speedy and not uncomfortable. God bless you and TTYL (

Angie said...

Comment from Stacia:

Oh my goodness Angie! I'm glad you came through safely. I'm sorry that I hadn't checked your blog recently to find out what has been going on with you. Let me know if you guys need anything. I'm not sure when the boys are back but if your energy still isn't back I'll bring you a meal.

Angie said...

Comment from Suzanne Kavanaugh:

Hey, you dont know me I actaully came by your blog searching for "reoccuring strep infections." between october to december I had 4 cases for strep throat which I thought had finally died although my tonsils are always on and off sore and swollen since then. However jsut today I found out I have strep again and I am soooo frustrated like I just dont understand what is wrong with me Ive never really had any health problems before. Anyways I was wondering if the surgery actaully seemed to work because I see so much online that says it will and then so much that says it doesn't and I dont want to get rid of my tonsils if its not going to help because Im afraid that strep will just attack another area which is not my tonsils. THanks, Suzanne

Angie said...

Comment from Angie:

Well, strep will attack other areas even when it's in your tonsils. Strep just takes up residence in your tonsils and will keep growing from there. Somehow when it takes over your tonsils, there's no real way to get it cleaned out (trust me, I've searched!), so removal is the only option. But from what I understand, it's a good option, because there's no where else in your body that strep can hide. I know it's frustrating, and surgery can be scary. I was definitely worried, mostly about the recovery risks, with bleeding and all. But if you're really careful to lay low for a couple of weeks, it's well worth the ordeal, to be strep-free before it causes further harm.