Pop had his doctor visit yesterday and he didn’t get the news he wanted. However, it is not at all bad. The doctor was very pleased with his progress. He is healing well, and regaining his strength very nicely. They want to do a colonoscopy in a few weeks to see if everything has healed well, and if so…they will schedule him for surgery to reverse the colostomy. So, a few more weeks of waiting. In the grand scheme of things…this is minor. Pop was a little disappointed, but he knows there is wisdom in waiting. As I told Pop when he told me the news, the night you were in the emergency room and the doctor came in to explain everything to us…we had prayer with the doctor and asked God to give him wisdom to do what was needed and to guide his hands during the surgery. We must trust that God is still answering that prayer, and still guiding the doctor. God IS in control.
Tomorrow, Pop, my dad, goes back to the Doctor. For the past month, he could tell you how many days, hours and seconds it was until the big day. Now, he usually is not so excited to see the doctor…but he has a special reason this time. 6 months ago , Pop had a ruptured colon and came close to leaving this world. The doctors fixed him up, but he was left with a colostomy to deal with. Now,we were all so thankful to God for sparing him…but he was not at all happy with this new addition to his body. We are a very close family, all living in the same town. We have faced some severe health issues both in the past and now, so we were able to accept this and do what was necessary to get him better. As he began to get better, we had to learn to deal with the colostomy and all that goes with it. Not a problem. Mom, myself, and my oldest son, Adam, all went through the training so we would know what to do. However, Adam decided that Pop’s colostomy care was to be HIS responsibility. And so it has been. He has arrived at Pop’s house as needed to help him shower, change all the paraphanelia, and get settled. I must say, this has filled my heart with joy. I’m so proud of him. As are Pop and Mom. Pop was able to begin to do some of the care himself, and now he doesn’t need Adam as much…but Adam is always available on a minutes notice. What sweet memories for a grandfather and grandson. You know, God has a way of sending us little blessings in the midst of suffering and hardships. Well, Pop is 80, and a very active man. He has been a motorcycle rider all his life and still rode up until this surgery. He is raring to go now and get back to his life. So when he goes to the doctor tomorrow, he will find out if he has healed enough for them to reverse the colostomy. This is the true desire of his heart and the rest of the family, as well. He will be so disappointed if the doctor is not ready yet. My prayer is that God will continue the healing process and guide the doctor to make the wisest decision. If that is to do the revearsal…great. But, if it is to wait a little longer…so be it. We’ll deal with that and whatever is to come. I know, and Pop knows, too, that God’s timing is perfect . It has always proven to be so in the lives of this family and will continue to be so. So, let the countdown begin….we’re ready.
Let’s face it, friends, there are just some things that men can not and will never understand.
1. The difference between pants, good pants, regular pants, nice pants, and dressy pants.
2. Why you need at least 10 pairs of black pants and are always on the look out for ‘the
3. That if you spend $50 on a sweater that is marked down from $150 means you have an
extra $100 to spend.
4. If you wear your $300 jacket 30 times, it really costs only $10 per wearing.
5. Why it can take several months to find the just right pair of shoes or handbag.
6. The language of underwear: thong, bikini, hipster, full briefs, boy shorts, and
why you need some of them all.
7. The difference between a teddy, a camisole, a bustier, a body stocking.
8. Why SPANX is the greatest invention for women…ever.
9. That itty-bitty inch of flesh that turns a snug pair of pants into too-tight pants.
10. Why you need 10 pairs of black shoes…all different.
11. Why your handbag is so heavy. It has everything you may need to take care of
any situation that comes up wherever you may be.
12. How something can fit in the store and not fit at home.
This, of course, is only a partial list. Bet you could add some more .
I am a Christian woman who has survived many years on the planet. God has blessed me with a wonderful family: husband, 3 sons, a dear DIL, and a precious grandson. I also have dear friends to keep me inspired. I am an artist of sorts and am finding my way through the great blessing of retirement. I recently retired after 20 years as a music teacher. Life is good!
Me & Don