And Now for the Bad News…

A few days ago, I told you that I had good news and bad news. I’ve already told you the good news, if you missed it click here. The bad news is that on the 25th of this month, I’ll be having surgery to correct a hiatal hernia and GERD. Since this is a redo, they are using a different procedure than they did before, this time they’re cutting me open from breast bone to bellybutton. Due to my pain medicine intolerance, they will be doing an epidural and will keep it in for 6 days while I recover. I expect to be in the hospital for 6 nights. In my initial surgery, I had all sorts of complications. Please pray that things will go smoother this time, for Dr. Gill and Tracy as they perform the surgery, and for my pain management afterwards.

As I was praying about this God gave me a vision in which I was standing on the cusp of a valley, about to go through it. Then spoke Psalms 23:4. I especially like it in the Amplified Bible:

Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

Just last week, as I drove by Sky Ridge Hospital, I commented to a friend that I thanked God each time I drove by that I was not a patient inside. I spent a lot of time there in the summer of 2004. So the amplified version of the sunless valley really hit home. I’m not one to sunbathe, but I love being outdoors with the sun on my face. This aspect will be especially hard for me and I will covet your prayers.


18 thoughts on “And Now for the Bad News…

  1. I know the Lord will be with you as you go through this experience. I’m just sorry you have to go through this again. Our prayers will be with you. And I’m so glad my knee is better so I can be with you for your surgery and recuperation. Love to you.

  2. Oh Jan. I’m so sorry. I will certainly be keeping you in prayer! And I will bring you flowers and virtual coffee.

  3. Jan, I will be praying for the strength and protection and peace of our God to envelop you and your hubby. As you know, Dr. Gill did my gall bladder and it turned out well. I know he is good and the Lord will be with him and Tracy. You are so dear to SO MANY people, Jan.

  4. LOL! Well, I thought maybe your little esophagus might be a little delicate after all that! I’ll bring you whatever you want!

  5. You KNOW I will be praying for you as you go through this! It’s easy to say, don’t worry, but I found out that somehow, you do! God’s plan will be worked out in your life, even in the valleys and the sunless days. I’m walking with you, my friend, believe me!Cora

  6. I will pray for you. Sweetie, you are in God’s hand, the palm of your Father’s hand. He’s got you.

  7. You’ll be in my prayers. I call forth God to be the Great Physician in the operating room. Any plans that the devil has to interfere or cause difficulties before, during, or after the surgery, I come against it in Jesus’ name. No weapon formed against you shall prosper. He has given angels charge over you to keep you in all your ways. I call forth a speedy and miraculous recovery. There’s nothing too hard for God.Whose report do we believe? We shall believe the report of the Lord. His word will not return unto Him void. In Jesus’ mighty name…..Amen!!!

  8. Hi Jan, I’m so sorry that for a second time you will be having this surgery. I pray that this time will correct the problem that you’re having. I’m glad that you have the comfort of knowing that the Lord’s is with you. Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. James 1:1-3My faith is in Lord on your behalf, always. Deb

  9. I am praying for you as you go through the surgery and 6 days in the hospital…My husband just had surgery and spent 3 days in the hospital…I am glad that Ruthie will be able to be there with you,Prayers and {{Hugs}}Mimi

  10. I will pray for you this morning. So glad you shared this so we can share in this trial with you. Maybe someone will drive by and pray for you just when you need it. May His supernatural peace which passes all of our comprehension guard your God-heart and God-mind in Christ Jesus.

  11. Jan I admire your courage as you face this procedure knowing the kind of pain you’ll face. Know I’ll be thinking of you and praying for you – I wish I could be close by to do something for you – you were such an encouragement and support to me when I went through my surgery hell last month. I’m gonna pray God will supernaturally manage the pain (I found out Percocet is NOT my friend). I’ll have my parents here in PA pray as well. I love you so much and miss you terribly!

  12. Jan:I’m praying for you! I’m sorry you have to go through this. If you need a buddy to sit with you afterward, just call. Love you.

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. - Psalm 34:19

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