ON A MINI-SABBATICAL
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Not sure where to start. I now realize that God, exercise and healthy eating = spiritual connectedness healthy and stronger body. I never made the connection that my healthy lifestyle would help me recover from surgery. On Monday I had the tail of my pancreas in addition to my spleen removed. Short story is I had an MRI 7 yrs ago and a cyst was found on my pancreas. The cyst was watched for 7 yrs - no change , this June the cyst grew 3x its size!!! Many , many , many further tests to determine that it was not cancer but I went to NY Presbyterian because I know a brilliant endocrine doctor there (NY Presbyterian is about 2-3 hrs away from my home in NW Jersey but this is my life we are talking about). He was the ONLY doctor that wanted to find out "why" the cyst was growing and he had a few other questions. Needless to say I got antsy with the delay but "why" was a question that made sense and no one else seemed to ask. result of test explained a lot of the causes and it was determined that the tail of the pancreas was to be removed and possibly the spleen (more medical reasons that were explained to me that I am not going to bore people with). Surgery done on Monday and Tuesday I am walking around the hospital floor with my IV pole. Blood pressure , blood sugar levels, heart rate all normal!!! The residents are amazed . The doctor knows me and says, "it is because she went into the surgery in excellent physical health." Now remember I DO NOT look like a stick-figure (nor do I want to any longer) BUT I was healthy. My muscle strength enabled me to get up and walk and the blood levels required less medication post-surgery and many other benefits that doctors are not sure of . Normally people who have had this surgery stay a week... I am home. and I am home because I am healing well, I walked1.5 miles through the hospital on Thursday and I am not having major problems. I do have pain - as expected but nothing that can't be handled. Am I bloated ..oh yes and it was interesting because I had to wear a pair of my husband's old sweatpants because I can not wear my own exercise pants. Yes, I went on a walk today and plan on walking each day to slowly recover. I will not be able to do my normal workout schedule for at least 8 weeks and I am ok with this . I am the beneficiary of a decision that God pushed me to make 6 yrs ago to live healthier.
So my dear spark friends- we all may not be exactly where we want to be based on that dumb number on the scale but if you are being true to healthy living you are truly receiving other benefits.
I feel like a very lucky woman! Thank you God, thank you Dr. Fahey and than you SP!!