Jan’s surgery

Yes, Jan had her cancer surgery a week ago now, on Thursday April 6th. We were both a bit glad that on Thursday her surgery went from 3:30 to 12:30 as someone else canceled. As you can imagine we have been a bit preoccupied with that and her recovery. The surgery went well and Jan did great. I was with her before and also post operative in a waiting area for surgery and then awaiting an observation room in the hospital. I had one friend from our church, a fellow pilot sat with me during the entire procedure. Two other couples came and sat with me for awhile too. It was a huge comfort and encouragement to have them there and have many people all over the world praying for us both!

It was a laproscopic robotic total hysterectomy.  In fact, I would have been very interested in seeing the robotics as I once worked in a hospital as an orderly. Don’t know what that position is called now, but then I even got to scrub and go into surgeries. And I watched both of our children’s births with no problem..

While it is a major surgery, in this hospital usually the patient is observed overnight and goes home the next day. And that is what we expected. But after Jan was settled for the night, she insisted that I go home and get some sleep. So I did. We did have one couple stop by for a short visit and also they were kind enough to pick up a sub sandwich for me as the cafeteria had already closed when I went to get some food. 😗

When I arrived the next morning, I could see she wasn’t as doing as well. She’d had a bad night as she had a reaction to the higher dose of morphine and threw up four times. Then they tried even the Percocet and she threw up on this medicine too and then finally threw up on water…she does have a sensitive stomach to medicines so this isn’t a big surprise. Her surgeon stopped in to check on her and would have discharged her, but saw she was still weak from all of that and said she should stay another night and get her strength up.

So I stayed around and left when she needed rest to work in a nearby area of the hospital. She did better through that day and then some other friends came to visit and when she was tired we all left together.

So Saturday early afternoon she was looking a lot better and was discharged. After coming home she went right to bed pretty tired from the trip home. She is getting better every day.

We did have a trip back to the Dr yesterday because there was some unusual swelling around one of the incisions and after talking to the Dr, they asked us to come to the office to be looked at. She also had some weird feelings in her left leg , so they did an ultrasound immediately but thankfully it is ok.

Our daughter Kara and little Ivan flew back to help with this post surgery recovery time. We are both so grateful for Kara’s help and Ivan’s diversion. They will be here through next Tuesday and our son-in-law Nick flies in to spend Easter and a few days here too as he has a work appointment next week here. So it will be great to see him. Oh, if you are wondering where they are staying and sleeping when Jan is resting… some dear friends lent us their RV and it is parked just across the street from us. So that makes it great for all of us.

Thanks for all that have prayed! We go back to Jan’s Dr on April 19th in the afternoon for final diagnosis of the lymph nodes to see if they were cancer too. Please continue to pray for all of us at this time. Even in the midst of this cancer journey we want to bring glory to God.  We are very hopeful and are trusting GOD for good results too!

grateful to you all,

kent

Ps we had three bouquets of flowers delivered to Jan’s room and our house, some Sharis berries and several delicious meals from friends at church and many cards and phone calls and texts. We are feeling the body of Christ reaching out to us and loving us! Thank you from our hearts to yours!

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One Response to “Jan’s surgery”

  1. LuAnn Says:

    We continue to pray for you both.

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