March 21, 2013

A Lesson in Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:25-27
I know what the Word says about worry and how we shouldn’t do it.  I must admit that this is an area where I struggle.  I’m a worrier.  Yesterday has been a HUGE lesson and reminder for me on why I shouldn’t worry.

I was worried about three things regarding the colonoscopy:  1). The anesthesia 2). Breastfeeding the baby and 3). The results.  I know I shouldn’t have worried about any of them but I did anyway.  I shouldn’t have!

The anesthesia was a breeze.  The nurse who puts in the IV does multiple ones every day and it was a breeze.  The medicine, once it was put in my IV, worked quickly and effectively.  I did not wake up or if I did, I don’t remember it.  Since I have memories of waking up in previous procedures, this is huge for me.

Secondly, after talking with the certified nurse anesthesiologist I found out that I could breastfeed Munchkin! I was advised to pump and dump when I got home but that I could feed her after that.  The medicine leaves the system pretty quickly and since she’s 8 months old it isn’t a huge issue.  Munchkin was very, very happy about this.  I fed her last around 8.  My procedure was at 9 and we were on our way home at 10. We stopped to pick up a rotisserie chicken for lunch.  We ate once we got home (Munchkin LOVES chicken) and then I took a 3 hour nap.  As I was waking up I heard her fussing.  The Man distracted her with some veggies but as soon as she saw me she started crying! I got a BIG hug and snuggles from her.  Once I pumped and dumped, she happily latched on and did not want to let go at all, even as she was falling asleep.  She’s a happy camper right now!

Lastly, the results.  I thought I remembered having polyps last time I had a colonoscopy (sorry if that’s TMI!)  I thought they had removed them.  I’m not sure if they confirmed that in my records but knowing that I was expecting them to find polyps.  Knowing my dad’s history, I was certain they were going to find some.  I was imagining worst case scenarios, like it being cancer and me dying.  I was already trying to figure out what life events I needed to write letters for to give to Munchkin when they would happen.  Ok, so maybe I can be a little dramatic!  You can imagine my relief when they told me that I had no polyps! Not even ONE! All that worry and stress for no reason.

So I guess the message has been receive, loud and clear Lord.  Leave the worrying to you!

11 comments:

  1. SO glad to hear all went well. I am terrified of needles too - I opted for a natural childbirth to avoid the epidural! I took a birthing class called Hypnobabies and they have a CD called Needles Are Okay that was a huge help for me when I'd have to get my iron checked. I can mail it to you if you want to listen to it for future "pokes".

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  2. Thanks! I'm ok when I need to get blood drawn. It's just IV's that I don't like due to a bad experience. But thanks for the offer:)

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  3. I am a major worrier, too. I recently came across those verses one night while I was worrying about my health issues, and I'm really trying to work on my worrying. I used to worry so much that I would often suffer from panic attacks. Those are so horrible. Anyhoo, I'm glad everything turned out okay for you with your colonoscopy.

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  4. I'm not a fan of IV's either. Glad everything went well.

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  5. I think this is something that most people have struggles with. I worry daily about many things, mostly to do with the kids and Josh. I don't worry too much about myself except for the "Well if *this* happens to me, what's going to happen with the kids? Especially if Josh can't get here." This is a huge worry especially now that we're down to 1 car and I take him to work most days.

    I am so happy that everything worked out well for you and the results were wonderful! *hugs*

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  6. I know. It's just so hard not to worry!

    And thanks:)

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  7. Thanks! I hope the verses are helping you:) God's Word is powerful!

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