Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Proverbs 6:27
As I write this, it is now over twenty-four hours since I was wheeled into the operating theatre. Yesterday, I was not concerned with what was being scooped into my lap, but what was being scooped out! As you are probably aware, yesterday’s surgery removed a cancerous prostate, and as I am writing this today it is clear that it was successful. In fact, I experienced less pain than I expected although still some awkward discomfort.
The surgeon looked in during the afternoon; he is taking good care of me. While he was pleased with the surgery, he indicated that there were further lumps not detected previously and he had to take out more surrounding tissue than anticipated. This included the surrounding nerves—that may grow back in several months—and some lymph node samples to detect any possible escaping cancer cells.
So, today I am left with various tubes going in and out of my body to sustain and drain me. I experienced no nausea which means I can probably eat again; I managed some clear soup and jelly yesterday. But what I do eat from now on will determine my health in the future, just as scooping fire into our lap can determine a particularly unhealthy one!