Saturday, January 6, 2018

My Health Update

I'll be honest. This situation I'm dealing with right now after my initial surgery is wearing me thin. Just as an update, and for those who haven't been following what's going on with me, I had surgery at the end of September 2017 for my diverticulitis. During my initial consultation, this surgeon assured me that she would go in, cut the bad colon out, then stitch me back up and I would go home the next day. Easy peasy, right? Wrong.

When I woke up from the surgery, I had an ileostomy bag...huge shock! ...this was never even discussed! The ostomy is placed so low on my abdomen, I can't see it to change my own bag! You can go back HERE and HERE to read more about the aftermath of all this, if you're so inclined.

I had my colonoscopy last week to determine if I could go ahead with my reversal surgery, that was even going to be moved up to January 9th. I was so excited to think I would get this surgery over and done with at the first of the year rather than in February. Well, as with this whole situation, I won't be doing the surgery anytime soon. My colon tissue is so fragile, she cannot do the reversal at this time. I tried to find out when she thought I could do the reversal, but she's very non-committal.

She did talk about better nutrition and I will be working on that. I was warned off so many things at the beginning of this - like vitamins and fresh fruits and vegetables. With more research, I'm finding out that this was only for the first few weeks. So, I will be adding more good fresh foods to my diet and taking my vitamins again.

Frankly, this is just an example of the little to no information I've had from this doctor. She has also continually changed what will happen with all this. The surgery didn't go as she said, the bag has already been on for way longer than 3 months, and she's changed other conditions to the reversal now. It's disheartening.

However...this Scripture I posted above,

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; 
He will never leave you nor forsake you. 
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. - Deuteronomy 31:8

gives me hope and a measure of peace. I know that God goes before me on this. He is not surprised by all this or shocked. I may be but He isn't. So, I will put my trust in Him and know that He is working everything out for my good. He is with me every step of the way through this. I will not be afraid or discouraged - or I'll try not to be! 😉

I am asking for prayers regarding this. First and foremost that I wouldn't be discouraged. Second, for the healing of my colon and that I would get healthier day by day. Thank you so much!

I also want you to know that I will pray for you! If you have a special prayer request, please feel free to comment here or email me (you can find my contact tab at the top of the page). I know sometimes it feels more comfortable to email and keep things private, so please do if you need prayer.

Thank you for being with me on this journey and for caring! I have gotten so much encouragement and prayer - I feel thankful that I can ask for more. 😌

Blessings - Julie


  1. I am glad for the update Julie. I am sorry you are still dealing with this. I am still praying for you my friend.

  2. Bless your dear heart, I am surely praying for you and believing God for a miracle! Sending love and hugs your way!


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