My surgery went very well, praise the Lord! The surgeon removed the obstruction arthroscopically and even took several colored pictures of it for me. He pioneered this procedure and has performed it more than any other surgeon in the U.S. He was afraid my obstruction might be too large for the steel probe to handle it and he'd have to resort to the old way of an incision outside the throat and this would have been a much longer operation and healing time. As usual, my God came through! My doctor said, "Now I want you to start gaining weight! Eat everything you have always wanted and get your weight up from the 96 lbs you weigh now." I asked him if the hospital served chocolate eclairs or creme brule but he said in a few days I could have all of them I wanted! (Of course, John would have to get them for me at a bakery or restaurant. LOL)
My wonderful son, Johnny, who lives about 30 minutes from Duke opened his house to us for a couple of nights and stayed with us at Duke for all the pre-op appointments and the surgery. What a jewel of a man he is and blessed by with his dear wife, Susan. I haven't stayed in many million dollar homes before but theirs is unbelievable gorgeous and well-appointed. Wall-to-wall good taste and warm, loving hospitality!
Thank you for your prayers. I could actually feel the peace of God around me and knew you all were praying, The staff at Duke were friendly, helpful and exceedingly professional. Duke has a reputation as one of the 10 top hospitals in the country. Even though it's 3 1/2 hours away from me, I was so fortunate to have this fine surgeon operating on me.
My heart is full of praise. I'm home now since the doctor thought I would be safer from infection and the flu and perhaps pneumonia if I were back home to recuperate rather than staying at the hospital. Now to have the fun of putting on 10 or 15 pounds!
I love you guys so much.
That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.