In the last post I explained how I ended up in the hospital needing emergency surgery for a severe intestinal blockage. I’d like to expand on that just a little before I get into what I have learned from this experience. The words in the song in the video above just seemed a perfect way to thank God for bringing me through such a challenging and frightening time.
After numerous tests and consultations with many doctors trying to decide what the safest and most effective treatment would be for this blockage it was decided that surgery was absolutely necessary. Anyone who knows me knows I avoid doctors as much as possible and do all I can to stay healthy. However, there are times when you need the expertise of a doctor and you have to be willing to be willing!!
I was miserable – physically as well as emotionally and mentally. I knew this situation could not continue much longer and something had to be done otherwise it was not looking good. I have a very strong faith and I truly did not believe my story was meant to end here, however, I was at peace. When the surgeon came in and explained what the consensus was as to the best way to resolve this issue I told him to schedule it asap.
The danger was that part of the colon was so distended they feared it could rupture which would complicate things considerably. God was gracious and it did not rupture. The surgery was a sigmoid resection which means he had to remove my sigmoid colon and I had to have a temporary ileostomy until things healed and the colon could be reattached.
That is a major surgery and a major life change in so many ways! However, focusing in on gratitude has been the thing that has brought me through so much more smoothly. I am grateful that the gastroenterologist’s office was attached to this particular hospital; grateful for the surgeon on call and the other doctors who spent so much time discussing how best to treat me; grateful my colon did not rupture and grateful that even though I needed the ileostomy it was temporary and able to be reversed.
Patients in a study who kept gratitude journals actually showed reductions in the damaging, inflammatory chemicals circulating in their blood, resulting in a healthier heart! Gratitude and being thankful for your blessings is a powerful medicine!
How has focusing on gratitude helped you through a difficult time?
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