Plans have been finalized. We are eagerly counting down the days till surgery. While we wait God is helping me grow in gratitude.
Plans are Finalized
Thursday meant another trip to Philadelphia to see Dr. Roses, my surgeon. The more time we spend together, the more I like him. He is confident, capable, and willing to discuss whatever thoughts I may have.
While on retreat this week, I made peace with the fact that I would not be traveling to Africa next week. I had planned to argue with Dr. Roses that we could wait until after Africa for this surgery. Sitting in quiet at the Jesuit Center, the Spirit spoke peace to my soul. My life would not be forever changed if I went to Togo. I needed to lay aside the resentment of missing this trip I longed for and be grateful for the opportunity for ministry in Kennett and this surgery. Content but not complacent. Africa will happen, just not right now.
I like Dr. Roses!
Dr. Roses asked about my decision regarding treatment. I told him I was ready for the surgery. It was time to get this pump implanted so we could move on with treatment. He asked about my schedule. I replied, “If you are ready to do this tomorrow…I will be there.” He smiled while Kaitlyn, his assistant, laughed. I was serious.
Looking at the computer screen, he said, “My next week is pretty full.” Turning to Kaitlyn, they talked of the need for approvals from insurance companies, the FDA (for the pump), and arranging for Operating Room time. By the sound of things we were weeks away from surgery.
After a moment of reflection, Dr. Roses turned to me and said, “How does next Tuesday sound?”