Yesterday we removed the final bandages from my incision, at first I was scared to even look... but I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised.
The first thing that I noticed right away was that the hole where my feeding tube used to be is gone! That was a surprise!
Even though the tube itself had been removed almost a year ago, in its place I had been left with an oddly-shaped hole that looked like a very misplaced belly button. (Attractive, I know…)
It turned out during this surgery that entire area had to be cut out and removed because it was directly attached to the mass underneath.
A blessing in disguise! Now you would never even be able to tell that a 2 foot long feeding tube once resided there!
It's like new!
The second thing that I noticed was how great the incision itself looked and how quickly it has healed. It is perfectly straight and the scar is barely noticeable.
I have two other large scars on my abdomen from previous surgeries in 2007 & 2008. When the bandages came off of those, I looked, and felt, like Frankenstein!
But not this time.
Dr. Balli decided that for this surgery it would be best if he didn’t use any large sutures or staples at all—he didn’t want to introduce anything into that area that my body might decide to “attack”.
Instead, he stitched each layer of skin and muscle back together, individually, with the smallest sutures possible, from the inside out. It looks fantastic.
Again, like new!
The next thing, was not something that could be ‘noticed’, but had to be felt...
Before the surgery I had been having a very specific area of sharp pain in the lower left part of my stomach. Whenever I touched there I would get a pain that felt similar to when a dentist probes a bad cavity in your mouth with his little metal tool—a very quick, unpleasant, electrical shock type of pain.
Yesterday, as I cautiously touched that area, part of me was waiting to feel the same shocking sensation...
But it was gone!! Completely gone.
No more hole from the feeding tube, no more granuloma and no more pain.
Seriously, like new!
I know to say I am pleasantly ‘surprised’ about these things is probably not the best word choice, but I am just really happy and really thankful.
Thankful for Dr. Cantu's wisdom and insight, thankful for Dr. Balli's surgical skill and technique most of all, thankful to Jesus, who makes all things new!
Thankful to everyone for the continued prayers,,,Just thankful for everything!
Please keep the prayers coming, not only for me, but for all of my friends who are in need.
In God's love, Jessica
Revelation 21:5 “See, I am making all things new.”
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