September 9th, 2014 at 4:30am came early to leave our home to get to M.D. Anderson for my breast reconstruction surgery, that’s for sure! My sister was here, so we were able to leave and know that all the boys were in great hands.
It was a very calm drive to the hospital, with a prayer and then our usual joking around and making light and fun in the moment. We got to M.D. Anderson, and checked in at the Mays Clinic, which was nice as this is the building we usually go to so it felt like home……is that odd???? They called me in and I thought it was just for weight and blood pressure, as they told Aaron to wait so I didn’t think much of it.
They took me back to my “room” and asked me to get dressed….or should I say undressed for surgery, including my cool socks with no toes…..those are pretty fun to put on! I sat there and for a moment I panicked wondering why Aaron was not back there, why I was already changing and he wasn’t in the room yet and if they were going to let him in. Then I stopped……I smiled and remembered all that God had already done for me. Where He had placed me, how He had made my paths VERY clear and how He had been with me every step of the way, I was not alone. I was immediately calm and in His perfect peace once again………I could feel all the prayers of friends and family and it was just amazing!
I got into my “bed” and a chaplin walked by and asked me a few questions and then we said a prayer together and I was full of smiles! Then I was back to my old self, telling jokes with the nurse and just being happy and thankful for all I had. Aaron came in and I felt complete. God is good, all the time.
The poor nurse struggled to get my IV in and took quite a few times, but I sat quietly and told her it was no problem. Did it hurt? YEP YEP YEP! Would me complaining help anything? NOPE, so why do it? She needed encouragement, not a grumpy patient!
The rest is a blank until I woke up in recovery……all was good, the surgery was a success and there was my husband……..thank you God for being faithful and good – I am blessed!