Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Elsie Survives

Alright - I am just going to get right to it. Many of you know what my week was supposed to look like. Today I would go in for one biopsy on my right breast. Tomorrow for two on my left breast. My prayer has been that my "dizzies" would be manageable and that the procedures would not take as long as expected. (it is to be one and a half hours per biopsy) So many have been praying with me. We stormed the gates, let me tell ya!!

So off I go this morning. Dizzies were raging when I first woke up, but completely manageable by the time I get there. The doctor gets me prepped for the right biopsy and after reviewing the films, he decides that one is not at all necessary. He then asks if I would like to do the left side today and just be done. Oh yes I do! Let's get it over with. So...I am done. There is no going back there tomorrow. Not only did God reduce the time it would take, He reduced the days. What should have taken 4 1/2 hours over two days ended up being less than 2 1/2 in one day! HALLELUJAH!! He IS watching. He IS listening. He gives greater things than we could ask or imagine.

However...He did not spare me my dignity. If you don't care for details and don't like my sense of humor, then you probably should just go back to what you were doing. But I think this is about the funniest thing that has ever happened to me so I am sharing it. In my last post, I joked about going to the milking machine and calling myself Elsie. Now, in order to understand why I felt like a cow being led to...you really need to see the table that these biopsies are performed on. I was having a stereotactic biopsy performed on one of these . Be thankful I did not post the picture of one in use. Ok, anyway, as you can see there is a spot just for my "you know what" to HANG down. Oh yea, lovely isn't it. So after all of this joking, I am completely set up to have the right side done when the doc decides to just do the other. Do you know what that means? I am already on the table and I have to "switch sides", which mean I have to get my head to the other end. Picture this with me. My girls are basically exposed (oh, of course I am wearing a lovely tie front top that is no longer tied) and I have to switch ends. How do I do this? I am on all fours on said table, girls are doing their thing and I am slowly turning around. I could not have looked more bovine like if I had tried!! I laughed out loud and said "this is great material".

God has a sense of humor. God gave me laughter in the midst of what should have been a scary experience for me. I had no fear - zippo. My results should now be in by the end of the week. Those are completely in His hands. I trust Him. No matter what, I trust Him.

Gotta get some more frozen corn for my udder, I mean...breast,
Elsie


24 comments:

Sheryl said...

First, PRAISE THE LORD! He is AWESOME!!!!!

Second, you are a hoot! or should I say a moo!

Sheryl

Kim in NC said...

Oh my gosh, I'm crying - again!

Kimberly said...

Sherly,

So glad to hear your awesome news! So thankful for the opportunity God gave us all to unite in prayer for you for the last couple of weeks! How true the saying is, "If it doesn't kill you it will make you stronger." Love ya my sweet friend!

Kimberly

Joni said...

Hi, Sheryl,
Great news! God is our refuge and strength. A very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will NOT fear!

Love from your sister in Christ.

Nicole said...

Sheryl,

What a great God we serve. Although He would of still been great even if your procedure wasn't reduced by one day but oh how He loves us and loves to bless us through His love!!!! You are one funny gal! Nice visual, friend!:)

So glad to hear the update! Keep them coming!

Love,
Nicole

kayro said...

Oh Sher, I do love a good visual.

Technonana said...

GOD IS AWESOME!!! LAUGHING WITH YOU... I WOULD TELL YOU ALL ABOUT MY 'PROCEEDURE', BUT IT MIGHT MAKE SOME FAINT!!
DIDN'T KNOW THAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO IT THE DAY I WENT IN FOR AN ULTRASOUND... HAD TO DRIVE MYSELF HOME AFTERWARD...SORE???
OH YEAH!!!

Laura said...

Girl,
You make me laugh and remind me again that our GOD does have a sense of humor.. HE made us friends, didn't he?

Have a Moo-lucious day!

Jenn said...

So glad it went easier for you than you expected. What a wonderful answer to pray!

Suzanne said...

So glad for you that you got it done in one day and that you found something to laugh about in the experience.

Our God is an awesome God! :)

Paula (SweetPea) said...

You are a hoot girl. Although, I do have to say, I'm a little fuzzy on your description but that's okay. I guess I was thinking this would be a lean over procedure but I'm guessing since you were on all fours you were laying on the table with the girls hanging. At any rate, you are a hoot.

That is SUCH an awesome, awesome blessing to have such an hysterical incident at such a terrifying time. And you know that incident wouldn't have happened either had the doc not offered to do both today. Now, tell me why in the world did they even schedule then separate. Since when do our girls want to do things separately. No, seriously, why would anyone want to make two separate trips. That's docs for you.

Praising the Lord with you.
Love,
Paula

Melissa said...

Oh my- i am laughing so hard I am crying! I LOVE your humor! and in the middle of tough times. What a great God we have! thank you for sharing-yes- it all. Hope you enjoyed my email-haha Sorry-no cow... ha
mel

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

PTL.....and MAN ARE YOU FUNNY!!!

I now need to go to the bathroom!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just LOVE you.

Denise in TX

nancygrayce said...

My mother and mother in law have had that kind of biopsy, so I know what you're talking about. I'm so glad it's over, now we'll pray about the results!

Anonymous said...

I dont know if I should laugh or cry lol.I can see you doing what you did.i am so,proud of you being able to do this they way you did it.I am so pleased & PTL how things went.Now get that corn lol.i treat your self right. God bless love Vicky

Susan said...

Oh boy, I'm just THRILLED this is finally BEHIND you Sheryl, that is all I can say.

Really I'm glad you went into the details, I had NO CLUE to what goes on in a biopsy.

As a woman, we should all know. You made it light-hearted and funny for us, and that is half the battle right there.

You are such a blessing. Thanks for sharing your ups and downs with us, you are always pointing us back to the cross.

LOVE YOU♥

De Anna Morris said...

Oh, the joys of being a woman!

I am glad you were able to "get in therd and out"....of course I mean in a day...not the machine!!!

Thanks for sharing!

Sharon said...

What wonderful news!! So happy for you. you had me laughing! you have such a great sence of Humor.
Blessings to you
Sharon

Iris said...

No fear! What a gift! And laughter as a bonus. Our God is good.

Jules (Sporty Mama) said...

Sheryl,

You are certainly in my prayers. I am glad the procedure was much less time consuming than previously thought! God is so good, and your post made me smile.

Julie Anna

A Lamp Unto My Feet said...

Sheryl-

So glad to hear our Loving God spared you more torture. We are praying that the best is yet come.

Thanks for the pic - really put it in perspective.

Myriam

Amy~Saved by Grace said...

Praise Him for that post. God is really funny. He will pull a fast one on you..... I am so glad you were comfortable and that you only needed to have the one done. Praying while we wait on the results.

Cindy said...

So glad you were able to get that done in one day. Oh the things men come up with to torture women!
Thanking God in advance for a good report.