|Jesus guiding the Surgeon's hand.|
This morning I was blogging about the Glock Pistol over on Chief's blog knowing that I had a surgical appointment later this morning for a surgical procedure called a Mediastinoscopy. Back in early April, I slipped on some ice and took a spill while getting out of my big rig, and suffered a rare injury which basically was diagnosed as a Sterno-Clavicular Sprain. Basically my collar bone was almost or slightly dislocated from the joint where it attaches to the breast bone. It's quite a ways down from the top step and I landed on my shoulder with all my weight. The injury was painful but it could have been much worse. Even when it happened I was marveling that I hadn't hit my head on the curb. Thank God. Also, thankfully, I had a benefit called Accidental Occupational insurance. This insurance covered every penny of my medical expenses, including a trip to urgent care, x-rays, Cat-Scan, follow up visits, Physical Therapy visits, prescription meds and a nice pay check every week to help me get by until I'm able to go back to work.
|Recovering Nicely at Home|
When I got my Cat-Scan the diagnosis was that I strained some tendons and muscles in the joint where my Collar bone attaches to my sternum. Thankfully, the Cat-Scan was in just the right location to detect another problem that I was unaware of. They found some enlarged lymph nodes hiding between my heart and lungs that needed to be removed ASAP. The doctor said I was very fortunate to have found this problem, because if it were left undetected it could have fatal ramifications. They sent me back for a Cat-Scan of my chest and it revealed that those lymph-nodes were indeed very large, so they scheduled me for surgery which took place earlier today (4/14/15). They had to make an incision just below my Adam's Apple and follow my windpipe down to the affected area. In addition to removing the Lymph nodes a camera was deployed to the same area to perform an expedition that would search for traces of cancer or lymphoma. Biopsies were taken and sent to the lab. All this took the better part of 5 hours and I'm now at home feeling a little loopy from the Anesthesia but amazingly hardly any pain.
I could have gone to someone like Ashmore and made a spectacle out of things, but I just said a few prayers and went about my business. I personally feel that life itself is a blessing from God; and we live and breathe because God cares enough about each one of us to allow it. I also feel that God has answered my prayer; and I'm grateful that the outcome has been very favorable. The Surgeon said everything looked really good and went very well. I do have to wait for the results of the Biopsy before I know if there is to be any further treatment needed.
|Preop Surgical Ink - My First Tatoo|
Do yourself a favor and find yourself a church that doesn't treat you like a slave. Those kind of ministers and people always have strings attached and hoops to jump through and they are not worth associating with. Find yourself a church that doesn't capitalize on your gullibility. If you have to pay a church, or they expect you to give to their programs and conform to their rules as a requirement to receive God's blessings, you don't need them as much as they need you. You are better off without a church then you are if you let others capitalize on your suffering. Don't let a bunch of religious Shylocks make merchandise of you. If someone you trust with your spiritual welfare is getting rich while their congregants are struggling to get by, then shake the dust off your feet and find God for yourself without a bunch of religious nuts dictating God's conditions to you.