Warning: This post has medical information in it that maybe TMI for most. It’s not for those with light stomachs, or for those right about eat. Again! Warning! This post may contain info that will change the way you think of me.
Today I want to share with you the journey I have been on with my Crohn’s the last few months. I shared with you that God told me He would heal my Crohn’s. Today I want to share a story about the time God showed up in a miraculous way. God heals us today!
8-18-2013: I head to ER due to pain from an abscess and get admitted to the hospital for pending surgery that day. 4:30pm I have I&D in the operating room.
8-19-2013: I go home.
9-10-2013: Post-Op Appointment – Colorectal Surgeon says incision is healing very well, better than any previous surgery. He was, however, concerned with another area that had two nodules. I told him they would get irritated from time to time but nothing major. He said he would like to keep an eye on them and see me again in a few weeks.
9-10-2013: Follow up with gastroenterologist – Doctor says that he does not feel the Remicade is working. He states that with my recurrent abscesses and fistulas there is reason to be concerned. He changes my medication. Doctor prescribes Humira.
9-19-2013: Begin first round of Humira, which requires my husband to give me 4 injections in the stomach.
10-22-2013: Follow up with colorectal surgeon – Suspicious spot has turned into full-blown fistulas
the connection of two body cavities or as the connection of a body cavity to the skin (such as the rectum to the skin). One way a fistula may form is from an abscess — a pocket of pus in the body. The abscess may be constantly filling with body fluids such as stool or urine, which prevents healing. Eventually the fistula breaks through to the skin, another body cavity, or an organ. Fistulas are more common in Crohn’s disease. Approximately one quarter of people with Crohn’s disease develop fistulas.
I warned you about the TMI.
The doctor said the fistula is not in an area optimal for operation. He stated I only had two surgical options.
#1. Seton: The procedure involves running a surgical-grade cord through the fistula tract so that the cord creates a loop that joins up outside the fistula. The cord provides a path which allows the fistula to drain continuously while it is healing, rather than allowing the exterior of the wound to close over. Keeping the fistula tract open can help keep from trapping pus or other infectious material in the wound.
My doctor stated if we go this route he would leave the Seton in for a year, up to 2 years. Not what every 30 yr old wants to hear.
#2. A permanent colostomy bag. A colostomy is a surgical procedure in which a stoma is formed by drawing the healthy end of the large intestine or colon through an incision in the anterior abdominal wall and suturing it into place. This opening, in conjunction with the attached Colostomy bag, provides an alternative channel for feces to leave the body.
Due to the location of my Fistula I had a greater chance of ending up with option 2. The thought of forever having a poop bag attached to me is not how I envisioned my life. I know people do with grace and class but I was not in that frame of mind yet.
Both options are scary and not ideal. Normally we would schedule surgery for that day or the next, but my doctor really didn’t want to chance ending up with the result of option 2—and, to be frank, me either. He decided he would have me try a strong antibiotic for 14 days and see me back in a few weeks.
10-23-2013: I start my antibiotic. I start taking one pill a day for 14 days. Sunday, day 16, I wonder why there are so many pills left in the bottle and why have I been taking them past day 14. I guess it helps to read all three lines on the bottle.
- take one tablet,
- three times a day,
- for 14 days.
Apparently I skipped line two. Whoops!
I called my doctor who advised me to start taking them three times a day from then on until the bottle was finished and to keep my scheduled follow-up appointment.
11-20-2013: The fistula is currently in full flair up. I almost go to the ER due to pain, bleeding, and severe swelling. I know I have an appointment in two days so I decided to wait it out.
11-21-2013: I have MOPS this morning and my mentor moms feel led to lay hands on me and pray for God’s healing. I am definitely blessed to be a part of this group.
At dinnertime my husband’s discipleship group comes over for dinner, and before they leave they too lay hands on me and pray for miraculous healing.
I head to bed still in pain and still bleeding.
11-22-2013: I wake up in full anxiety and stress about what surgery will look like. At this time I don’t notice the fistula because I’m too worried about my schedule. My husband is home from work and I leave for my appointment. At my appointment my blood pressure is very high, and I feel slightly nauseous. I wait for what feels like forever to be seen, but in reality is only 25 minutes. The doctor comes in and proceeds to check me. He looks around and then asks me to remind him again where the fistula is. I explained to him and he pauses and says “It’s gone, there is only healthy skin in this place and it’s completely healed.” I start laughing, and all I can muster up to say is “I know.”
Did you read that? He said it was gone. God healed my fistula!! He heard the prayers from my intercessors and healed me, and to this day I have no symptoms of my fistula. Friends, healing is not just from Biblical times, it happens today. And although I still have Crohn’s and I am dealing with the current symptoms, I believe that God is going to heal me fully. I trust that He is going to completely take my Crohn’s away.
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