I ended last Friday’s post ‘my character‘, with this quote –
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.
In today’s post, I write the following –
Yes, bad things do happen; to all of us.
Friday of last week I had my first appointment with my new Urologist Dr. G. This visit’s main purpose is for the continuation of care for my surgery I had 3 months ago. Because surgery recovery is going well without complications, I will not be seeing Dr. G. on a regular basis. Dr. G. is part of the Moffitt Cancer Center where I am receiving my Oncology services and chemotherapy treatment. Because I am under the care of my Oncologist Dr. L., I would only see Dr. G. if there were an advancement of my cancer in my urinary system.
Due to the pain I have experienced since my surgery 3 months ago, I was referred to pain management at the Moffitt Cancer Center. This week I had an appointment with pain management to discuss the possibilities of relieving my pain. It was decided in upcoming weeks I will have 2 appointments to receive a Facet Injection in my lumbar spine. The injection helps to reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. I am hoping these injections will provide the pain relief I want so I can reduce or even stop taking pain medications.
Currently my pain management involves taking pain pills and other medications to reduce inflammation. I perform as much activities as my body allows with somedays better than others when it comes to the amount of stamina I have.
Next week I have another chemotherapy treatment and the following week I will have appointments with a Neurologist and Ostomy Wound Care. The Neurologist may also be able to help in finding the source of my pain and help in relief. Remember back in January I had surgery to remove my bladder and other organs. I now have an ostomy bag that collects my urine. The opening in my abdominal area to divert my urine is called a stoma. I am having a mild issue with my stoma and therefore an appointment with the Ostomy Wound Care will help with this issue.
My hope is in the next couple of weeks the pain will be under control without the continuation of taking pain medications. Currently these pain medications cause much drowsiness and tiredness which results in limitations of activities.
I do not sit in perpetual sadness – but I do sit a lot due to tiredness.
I am not immobilized by gravity of my loss – I believe the energy level will come back.
I do my best to rise from the pain and treasure the gift of life – though difficult at times, I still do my best.
Bad things do happen, and it is how I respond to them that defines my character.