Hello! I hope everybody has had a wonderful weekend! Mine wasn’t half-bad. I got to spend all of Saturday doing #GCityServe with Grace Community Church. We fanned out across the city and partook in many projects, like the Sold No More 5K Run, Sister Connection stocking, Gospel Rescue Mission cleanup, Catalina Village visits, and providing some meals to the homeless at Santa Rita Park, to name a few. It was a great weekend of service and family.
The past two months since my surgery and starting of chemo have been pretty “easy”, as I’ve reported here. Things have been mostly smooth sailing, until recently, when the waters started getting a bit choppy. Today was kinda like a rogue wave in the middle of the ocean that threatens to capsize the boat!
For the past week or so, I’ve had a pain immediately under my ostomy bag wafer. It couldn’t be in a worse spot, because it’s right under the plastic portion of the wafer, and there’s literally no way to avoid putting the wafer on it. The last couple of time I changed my bag, I could tell some sort of infection might be brewing, but I was unsure of what it was. I assumed it was an ingrown hair or something, and I was playing it by ear (but had plans to have it looked at). Well, today during church services, it started to bleed. Dang!
I managed to finish out first service (I was recording the Blender Band), and then headed to Urgent Care in Oro Valley to have it checked out. I’ll save you the gory details, but it’s probably the grossest thing I’ve ever seen on my body. We cleaned things up, devised a method to allow me to attach the wafer but still let the wound breath, pumped me full of IV antibiotics, and sent me home with two other antibiotics. I also spent some of the time while I was waiting cancelling my trip to Houston this week. I was very bummed about that.
For me, this is one of the “complications” I had dreaded the most. Skin care around a stoma is of supreme importance, because the area is always moist, there is hair that grows against the appliance, and it’s a generally inhospitable area of the body. Since I’m not entirely sure what caused the infection, it’s hard to say what I would have done different. But, it’s now something I have to manage that I had really hope to avoid. If you think about it, though, I suppose it’s inevitable for something like this to happen in my lifetime with an ileostomy, so I might as well dive in head first!
So, this week I’ll make an appointment with a Wound Care/Ostomy Nurse at St. Joseph’s (I tried to last week but apparently need a referral) to understand how to care for this going forward. I’m very confident that they know exactly what to do, and I’ll be healed and moving forward in no time. Hopefully…fingers crossed…maybe I can still make it out to Houston this week! Ultimately, though, I’ve got this #InTheBag!
Major props to the Oro Valley Urgent Care team I interacted with today. I presented them with a situation none of them had experienced before, and they were very professional in trying to figure out a solution. I even got a lead on how to prevent neuropathy using some natural methods!
Many thanks to everybody who expressed concern for me today, and who prayed for me even though you didn’t know exactly what was going on. I take each experience I have on this road as something given directly by God to me. I don’t always know why, and what good will come of it, but I can say for certain that quite a bit of good has come from it all so far. You are an amazing church family, a super group of friends, and I love you all!
Have a great week!