An Unexpected Lemon

lemon-benefits1_small1June is the date of the last post on this site. There is a good reason. A trip to the emergency room on June 30 put me in the hospital for more than a week. My gallbladder tried to eject some gall stones. The needed surgery failed. Too much inflammation. Everything the doctors touched caused bleeding.  I woke up to a sour lemon, “We had to abort the surgery.”

They sent me home to wait for a better time. A week later, I was back in the emergency room and admitted to the hospital. An infection was destroying my pancreas. There would be no surgery until my pancreas healed. Four months later, after four admissions to the hospital, five endoscopies and a lot of prayer from family, friends and strangers the surgeon removed the traitorous gallbladder that tried to kill me. The surgery should have taken thirty minutes instead of three hours. The surgeons told me the gallbladder was angry and the operation messy and complicated.

The ordeal wrecked my health. I lost fifty pounds. The only positive thing to happen since I was overweight. My healthy (60 bpm) heart rate is now 90. I have traded sixty minutes of cardio for senior water aerobics and Body Pump with twenty-five pound weights for Senior Chair aerobics.

Spending most of my days in a drug-induced fog from the constant pain made keeping this blog active impossible. I am now doctor and drug free, but still physically weak, so I am off to take an afternoon nap, but I will return to post again.

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of Southern Christian Writers, Editor for Joyful Life Publishing, a freelance writer and author of three books.
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