Well, after three operations and one injection, the end is near (hopefully by the end of the year).
As I said in my prior post, I’ve had three operations to resolve a kidney stone problem, and I am in the recovery process now. Had my last post-op visit with the surgeon yesterday (went to a movie afterwards to celebrate). My PSA count (pre-op) was high, and they found what is called a 3+3=6 prostate cancer in 5% of the cells, I’m told this is good and (at my age) not much to worry about. I have to have a post-op PSA done to establish a baseline then, in 6 months, repeat it to see if it is stable or rising (problem). I’ve known men at my age who have had this diagnosis and have passed before it became a problem, so I am not concerned.
My (latest) rheumatologist decided not to bother with the arthritis in my wrist, but to send me to an orthopedic surgeon for an opinion. His opinion? Don’t go back to her. The problem is not arthritis, but an inflamed tendon in my wrist (from the first wrist bone down the thumb side of the arm). He injected cortisone into the inflamed tendon (yes, that hurt 9 on a 1-10 scale (I’ve already had a 10)) and says it should resolve within a month (mid-Sept).
I have one health problem left to resolve, but it’s not a major issue, I’ve held it off a number of years now, but figure since I’ve hit my financial cap for the year why not have it fixed?
So, if all goes well I may be able to return to blogging (real stuff) by the end of Sept.
All of this has impressed upon me that God does, indeed, have a sense of humor. After having been in pain for better than 1-1/2 years I prayed that God would return me to my “normal” condition. Little did I know just what that would entail. Two operations to remove kidney stones that I thought was just a back pain. One operation to open up a prostate gland that refused to shrink after the two kidney stone operations. A very painful shot to eliminate a minor in my arm. I can’t wait to see what he has in stock for my final issue – tear ducts that aren’t draining properly after a bout of Bell’s Palsy. Yes, He is doing what I asked…but He could have given me a warning of just what that would entail!
Be careful of what you pray for…you may get it!
With God’s Love,
Mike, The Modern Theologian