Monday, January 4, 2016

Another Update......

Good evening friends,..

I wanted to take a few minutes tonight before I get some rest to update you ... if you read my last update, you know that surgery went well. Well just a few days after surgery, my incision became very infected. By far some of the worst pain I have felt and I normally have a high tolerance for pain. So I ended up having to go into the hospital through their ER to have it looked at. It was extremely red, discolored and had a very bad odor. It was also oozing blood and yellowish liquid that I was told was plasma mixed with pus. Disgusting! Yes I know! 

So needless to say, the ER Doctor took one look at it and said that it was, "that is a little more than your normal infection". So before he did anything, he put a call into my surgeon who performed the surgery to let him know what he was looking at. When he came back to see me, He told me that my surgeon wanted to see me in his office the next day (which was today). So the ER doctor sent me home on an 800mg horse pill antibiotic called Bactrim. So I am on day 2 of the antibiotics and hope they start kicking in soon and doing their job! I'm truly suffering here, won't lie. 

So today I went into the surgeon's office and he took a look at it and felt around it (That freaking HURT more!) and he said that it was fungal from the inside. So he gave me a prescription for Nystatin Topical Powder which is similar to talcum powder. He said it will help absorb the oozing and keep the wound dry to that it can start to heal along with the antibiotics. So I have to apply the powder twice a day, morning and then evening. 

And I just want to say THANK YOU to all of you who have sent me emails and cards in the mail! I just love all your cards and your beautiful words and prayers. It means a lot to me because if I am to be honest, I turn to my online crafty friends more than my own family. Ok so... because of all your prayers... God must of heard each one of you and decided to grant them! My surgeon said that the biopsy came back NO cancer in the lymph node!!!!! When I heard him say it was negative, I cried! I was so fearful. But while that may be some of the greatest news I have ever received, it doesn't mean that I'm out of the woods yet. The surgeon said that i do not have cancer in my lymph nodes but that doesn't mean that I don't have cancer elsewhere in my body. So the next few months will be lots of testing for me to figure out what is going on and what is causing my white cell count to be very high. Apparently, it can still be cancer, just in a place that is uncertain at the moment. Or perhaps it is not cancer at all, but something different causing all these cancer-like symptoms. Either way, I still have to continue fighting to find out what is causing me to be so sick. So I still welcome any prayers you all want to send my way. 

So that's it ... nothing else to update on until I know more. If you have read this far, thank you. I appreciate all your support and love... and I continue to thank God every day for all of you and I keep you all in my prayers every night. So again, thank you and I wish you all a wonderful week!

Until next time, Enjoy life's blessings~

23 comments:

  1. Ouchie! I hope it heals up real fast. That is wonderful news about there being no cancer. I will continue to pray for your improved health. Take care of yourself!
    Sending healing hugs and prayers,
    Dawn
    DesignsByDragonfly.blogspot

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    1. Dawn thank you for your continued prayers and encouraging words. It means so much!
      Hugs,
      Jo
      xox

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  2. Oh the infection sounds awful, sorry to hear it Jo but Wow and Yippee to the great news you have no cancer in your lymph nodes, our prayers did work!!! I hope you don't have any cancer anywhere and that they find the reason for your illness which is hopefully a minor issue. You'll still be in my prayers for a really healthy outcome Jo, cute photo by the way hehe. XOX Lucy

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    1. Lucy thank you so much hon, your prayers are appreciated so much. And thank you for the kind words on my photo, I figured if I had to be stuck in there for surgery, I might as well do something to keep myself entertained until it was time to go in lol
      Hugs,
      Jo
      xox

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  3. Jo I hope your meds kick in soon what sounds horrible to have gotten such a bad infection but your on the mend so that's a win win
    Hugs Nikki

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  4. Those infections are horrid. I hope the meds will kick in ASAP and you'll be healing quicker thank you think. What great news about the biopsy. Wow! I know I would have cried too. I'm happy that the craft world has sent you cards and messages and most of all prayed for you. We will continue to keep you in prayer. You rest and take care of your body. Thanks for updating us.

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    1. Thank you Bunny so much! Your card was beautiful and your words inside were very touching! Thank you for lifting up my spirits and helping to calm me .... I appreciate you and thank you again for the continuation of prayers!
      Hugs,
      Jo
      xox

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  5. Nice to know there was some good news mixed in with the bad. Wishing you a speedy recovery from the infection, so that they can do the tests and figure things out. Good luck.
    Joyce xx

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  6. I'm so sorry you are in so much pain. Fabulous that the biopsy was negative...that's great news. I will continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a healthy recovery. Lots of healing hugs sent your way, Robin

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    1. Robin thank you so much for keeping me in your prayers! That means a great deal to me, I appreciate it so much. Thank you!
      Hugs,
      Jo
      xox

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  7. Prayers answered that the biopsy came back negative!! I definitely would have cried, too!! But oh, the infection sounds so painful. I hope the antibiotics kick in soon. Stay positive that there is no cancer anywhere and that it's just something minor. You look so adorable in the picture!! You are always in my prayers my friend, but saying extra ones for your health. Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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    1. Lisa thank you so so much for keeping me in your prayers and for always being such a sweet friend. It means so much to me!!!
      Hugs,
      Jo
      xox

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  8. Dear Jo,

    I am just getting discovering what's been happening in your world as I took a bit of downtime for the holidays so I am sorry to hear of all you have been going through but happy that your lymph nodes are cancer free and praying that the rest of you is cancer free as well!

    Hang in there - rest and do what you need to take care of yourself - you are in my thoughts and prayers!

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    1. Thank you so very much!!! I appreciate you keeping me in your thoughts and prayers. I am so thankful to have such a beautiful community to turn to for prayers and friendship. You have always been so kind and have left encouraging words to lift up my spirit many times... and I do appreciate you for that, so thank you!
      Hugs,
      Jo
      xox

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  9. Good news on the biopsy. Let us keep faith and say that there is no cancer - but just an anomaly causing these symptoms. Prayers going out for you. Take it easy and take care of yourself. Hugs.

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  10. GREAT NEWS!!! So happy to hear the biopsy was negative! I will continue to send prayers that no cancer is found in future testings! Hang in there, keep the faith my friend!
    Hugs,
    Sherrie K

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  11. That is really great news Jo! I'm so happy to hear it. And they will figure out what it is. I'm keeping you in my prayers. I hope that incision heals up quickly too! **HUGS**

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  12. That is great news, so pleased to hear the biopsy was negative. I will continue to keep you in my prayers. Hope you are well soon. Marlene

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  13. Just reading the update and praising the Lord the biopsy was clear. Continuing to pray for healing from the infection and wisdom for a clear diagnosis and treatment plan.

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  14. Wow...I sure hope you are feeling MUCH better and heal soon and for sure sending prayers your way!!!

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Hugs,
~Jo~