Welcome to episode 025 where where life took a complete turn for me unexpectedly this past week plus and what I learned from this challenging experience.
Here’s what is on this week’s Podcast…
So often we move through life blurring one day into another. But then all of a sudden, something stops us right in our tracks and for me it was many days of extended physical pain that put me into the hospital for emergency surgery.
This episode will be not like any other because it’s a chronology of my illness that led to surgery and the 8 difficult lessons I learned from an unexpected hospital visit and emergency surgery.
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Bryan’s Backstory – 2:07
8 Difficult Lessons I Learned From An Unexpected Hospital Visit and Emergency Surgery – 11:06
1. Physical Pain Stops Life In Its Tracks – 11:26
I know how to “do the road” routine but when you hit a certain level of physical pain, life just stops especially knowing what I know now.
My routine was dramatically thrown off the moment pain hit that was way beyond the “suck it up buttercup” and required something more of me than to keep pushing through it.
My pace was dramatically altered and therefore so were my results which was very difficult for me.
I was quickly reminded how physical pain just stops life and business as usual.
2. It’s Not What You Think – 12:59
Originally with stomach pain and aches, you think flu. But when it increased and as much as I travel, I thought it was food poisoning.
Then when it just wouldn’t end and I came home from traveling, the doctor began running tests and my liver was inflamed.
This led to checking my liver and pancreas which led to discovering I had an incredibly infected gallbladder that had to be removed quickly.
Then I had gallstones in my bile duct which only happens 10% or less of the time.
This just reminded me how often where you start out thinking “this is it”only leads you down a path but is rarely it in the beginning.
3. I Had to Become a Patient Patient – 14:53
For most people, patience is sold separately. And for someone who hadn’t been in a hospital bed for over 28 years, I was now putting a difficult word in “patient” with another challenging reference of the same word.
I’m the go getter not the down and outer and now I’m confined to a hospital bed. This is NOT what I had planned.
To me, being patient is a challenge enough but to have to be patient as a patient in the hospital with everything else going on was more than I had expected.
Now, life has not gone the way I had planned for at least two plus decades now for me and even though most of it was self-inflicted, it’s still difficult. But it did teach me more patience than I had as a young high achiever and seemingly more than the average person.
There were a couple of times when some close friends who visited specifically mentioned the patience I was demonstrating at a very challenging time and reflecting back, I’m proud of this specific growth area in my life.
This specific challenge proved I still have a ton of ways to grow in this key character area of my life.
It’s rare I just have no idea what’s going on or what’s going to happen next but I found myself in this place day after day and it was paralyzing.
4. Challenged by Lack of Sleep and Eating – 17:52
I was thankful for the hospital this time and the constant attention but it was no place to get rest ironically enough. If I accomplished a cat nap, I was a happy camper but it took a toll on me day after day and night after night.
They needed to monitor me consistently to confirm any changes to my gallbladder bursting but what I desperately needed was rest which eluded me every single hour in the hospital.
And since I was having a ton of tests and a couple of surgeries, eating was the 1st thing taken off my menu. Literally. Chicken broth was the luxury until the last morning. I was already weak from the surgery and tests but living off chicken broth and water was something I had to get used to. Tough way to get my girlish figure back for sure!
I just couldn’t wait to sleep for more than just a few hours and to eat something, anything was going to be a monumental moment.
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5. Things are NOT Going to Get Done and Are Going to Have to Wait – 20:57
This was one of the hardest lessons for me. From the little things of having a lunch with a friend to my weekend plans to not traveling to Philadelphia next week would be on hold.
Then what about the podcast? I made a promise from the start never to miss a weekly episode.
And now I can’t drive or travel for a week and unable to run or workout for a month. Wait, I didn’t sign up for this part of the program!
But it’s part of the package for me, like it or not.
6. Time Can Go Backwards – 22:03
Time is always moving forward to me and often times, feels like my biggest enemy. I’m always fighting it.
With my travel schedule, 5 kids, busy sports weekends, and church, time is my most valuable asset.
But not when you’re really sick and in the hospital. The second hand can actually be suspended for minutes at a time.
One day specifically was on Monday, June 11th. I had my gallbladder removed the day before and was still in a ton of pain. They needed to go back in for the “buy one surgery, get one free”deal to remove gallstones out of my bile duct.
The earliest they could do the surgery was 3:30pm which meant a complete fast from any food or drink from midnight on. This would be one… long…. day.
My pain was high, my energy and spirits were low and there was that blasted clock just messing with me.
7. The Amount of Sick, Struggling People – 24:46
The doctors suggested I take walks to encourage the healing in my abdomen area so I would take my IV pole, and head out for a cruise down the hospital hallways. The results were sad and depressing. So many very sick, overweight, people who were just existing.
My heart went out for them. I found the only thing I could do was smile and wave. I was amazed how often they would engage back with a smile and give me a look of “keep going, don’t become like me” look in their eyes.
It made me stop and just wonder what their day to day life is really like.
What got them tot his point? What does an average day look like in their world? Will things get any better for them?
I’m not usually around the “down and out” so this opened up my heart in a way it’s not been opened in a long time.
I don’t spend a lot of time in this mental place but God used it to move my heart and open up a level of compassion and empathy that hadn’t been touched in this way in quite awhile.
8. How Grateful I am for My Health – 27:44
This whole experience has just reminded me how grateful I truly am for my health. I have my health issues and maybe more than others and often self-inflicted but the reality is I am healthy and this brief pit stop was literally a painful reminder of the gift of our health.
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What Now: – 30:29
1. Everybody has hard times try to keep your sense of humor
2. Be aware of where you are in your health
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