Because of my ileostomy, I am relieved of my main Crohn's symptom (chronic bathroom trips) and my crippling abdominal pain has been completely eliminated. I have gotten better sleep than I have since I was seven. Without a trip to the bathroom every hour of the night (not an exaggeration) I have been able to get adequate rest that is needed for a complete recovery.
|That Johnny Jump Up must be tasty!|
Child: But my doctor said no broccoli allowed, Mom!
Mom: Okay, well make sure you eat all your marshmallows.
The only real downside thus far has been that I am not able to pick up or hold my son (risk of herniating), rendering me practically useless with him. This has proven to be very difficult. As his momma, I want to pick him up and console him when he cries or just dance around with him at all times. I still have five weeks before I am even allowed to carry his weight, so my mom and Ian are his main caretakers in the meantime. It really kills me to see him but not being able to do much with him, and I almost named this post "Little Momma Can't Pick Up Her Son". I decided against it, not wanting to be a smellfungus. (2013 National Spelling Bee word. Look it up.) My life has greatly improved in the past week, so why focus on the negative?
|Just letting it all hang out in the bathtub|
A week after my surgery my mom asked me to rate on a scale of 0-10 how I felt when I was admitted to the hospital and how I felt now. I told her I was an actual zero the day that I went, which was really one of my worst days ever. Seven days after my surgery, I rated a 6.8, saying that the recovery curve is an exponential one, as I am sure a 10 will feel like an even greater difference than zero to 6.8.
I owe this drastic life change to all the prayers from friends, family, and friends of family. I thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, and while thoughts are nice, only prayer is effective. God is good, all the time.
He lifted me out of the pit of despair,
out of the mud and the mire.
He set my feet on solid ground
and steadied me as I walked along.