Sorry this is the first update since Troy's surgery but....wow, what a long evening it turned out to be. Troy was out of surgery at 3pm yesterday and was supposed to be in post anesthesia care unit for two hours and then go to his room. Ha, 7 hours later Troy finally got a room. He was stable enough to move well befor that but a room wasn't available. His room was being "cleaned" for four hours!!! We were all swearing that we we're going to Walmart to buy supplies and clean the room on our own. The staff did let me see him twice for about ten minutes during this time. The first time he did not look so hot. Pale, in a lot of pain and just generally miserable. It broke my heart when he said he nurse was a jerk. I wanted to punch her lights out. She woudn't tell Troy how often he could just his pain button and told him is was crazy when he said his pain was 12/10. Bless his heart, he just got his gut ripped open and someone has the nerve to say he can't rate his own pain!!! Arghhhhhhh. Anyway we talked him through that and started having him push his button as often as he felt like it and the heck with that nurse. He was better the second time I saw him and just 3 short hours after that he got a room. Are you sensing the sarcasm and irritation yet? I'm laying it on pretty thick.
When he finally got to his room the nursing staff was much better and he was just exhausted. The family stayed for a little bit and then we all left for the night to hopefully give him a little peace. When we came back this morning he said it was the worst night of his life. He was in horrible pain. The staff was adjusting his medication when we arrived and with an eye on the clock we got Troy feeling better six minutes at a time.
Just this past hour or so the nurse and I got him stood him up for the first time. A huge feat. He did amazing considering all the pain he was in and what has been done to him in the last 24 hours. I also saw his incision and drainage sites. They look realy good and are smaller than I thought they would be.
Overall I am encouraged at how well he has done. This day is going to hurt and going to suck. We all know that. But God has given Troy amazing strength and built his body and spirit do to things that he never imagined he was capable of.
I was given a wonderful devotional "Streams in the Desert" by L.B. Cowman. Today'a scripture really spoke to me, Romans 8:18 "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us."
Love to all, Alicia