September 8th came quick…..kinda! Pre-op day was here and oddly enough I was excited about this next part…the reconstruction. My sister Julie flew in from Canada the night before and she was staying with my youngest Dylan so that made me so relaxed, just having her here.
Pre-op went great and I asked LOTS of questions…..none of which I can remember now – funny how that is. We want to ask all these questions and know all these facts “just in case” and so we know what will happen, but after the surgery, and everything has gone great, I completely forgot what I even asked……maybe that’s just me!
I was so calm and relaxed, almost oddly so. The week before I had suffered terribly with allergies, so bad it was almost like I had a cold. The Friday before I even had to ask Aaron to come home from work because I was freaked out that I needed to rest and get rid of this before my surgery! If I couldn’t breathe how could they do a surgery and put the tube down my throat when I went under. I spent a couple of days almost worried and then Aaron ministered healing to me and I remembered where ALL my burdens are SUPPOSED to go, to Jesus Christ…….that’s when I finally calmed down again and felt Gods perfect peace.
That day at pre-op I had to get the regular blood and urine, and once I got to the anesthesiologist they said my throat looked good (thank the LORD!) and that my hemoglobin was low by one point. Interesting……this I still think is a side effect of the Tamoxifen on my system, which I will be checking more into the next couple of weeks. I got the “green light” and once I called in at 5pm to see what time my surgery was, I found out I was the first one – YAY! With that meant I had to be there at 5:30am……which again, I didn’t mind because the earlier I got in, the earlier I would get out and be home for supper!
No one could believe this reconstruction would be a day surgery, but it was. They would be taking out my expanders, putting in the implants, then fat grafting my tummy to fix around the breast and then also liposuction my sides where the tubes were in for the first surgery since the area was still swollen. Seemed like a lot to do for a day surgery, but I trust my Doctor and my Lord Jesus Christ who gave me complete peace and made me feel that each step of the way, I was choosing the correct path, and that’s all that mattered to me. that I would glorify and honour HIM in all things.
I was ready for tomorrow, knowing that I could handle it because I had put all my faith and trust in God and that I had so many wonderful friends and family praying for me and the surgery. Prayer is so powerful and I can honestly say that I could feel it as the peace I felt that morning going into surgery is not natural, it really is Gods perfect peace.