Another Bump in the Road

As Anne mentioned in her last post, we were back at HUP today to find out the source of the abdominal pain and nausea she’s been having since Monday. They did a CT scan and discovered several small abscesses with fluid collections. They followed that up with an ultrasound that showed the collections to be tubo-ovarian abscesses, probably caused by exposure to bacteria from the surgery or from the insertion of the previous drains. This is a fairly rare type of abscess to have after a surgery like Anne’s, and the surgical team is working with the gynecology department to figure out the best way to deal with it. Unlike the last abscess they found, these ones do not seem to be reachable for drainage, so the plan for now is to admit Anne into the hospital and have antibiotics administered by IV here at the hospital for a few days, then re-evaluate based on whether the infections respond to the antibiotics.

It’s frustrating and tiring to have yet another complication; Anne’s surgeon says that he has never had another patient with this many complications after this kind of surgery. We’re learning to take it a day at a time, a moment at a time, but we’re not always great at it. I think we sometimes make it sound like we’ve got it all figured out. We don’t. We get grumpy at each other, annoyed at the odd unhelpful nurse, glum about all the setbacks. But we pray, and we read Scripture, and we turn to our friends, and we try to make each other laugh, and we let the Lord lift us up again. And tonight, we’re doing OK. God is still good, and we know we are loved.

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9 thoughts on “Another Bump in the Road

  1. You are loved indeed. I wanted to come visit and tell you about SA, but I’ll wait on that. I heard praise of you both for your work and your contributions over there. You left a hole when you had to go. For us it was a bit of heaven to be back, so we know you must miss the place and the people. But just focus on the fact that you did good work and were much appreciated. We will talk soon whenever you want a visit. Get well soon.

  2. How frustrating to have another setback after all you have already been through! We are sending lots of love and prayers! Know we love and support you even though we are far away. Keep turning to the Lord and may He bless you all!

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