Monday, August 15, 2011

Blue Monday - Blue Ridge Mountains

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Visit other Blue participants by clicking on their links and wishing them a Happy Blue Monday!

Several Bloggers have wondered about what’s been happening since June 9th. Here's a list of my experiences:


Diagnosis: renal cell carcinoma
Kidney surgery – NOT cancer
Walk (with a walker) down a short hallway
Fell in the bathroom – badly bruised my lower left jaw
Right side of stomach swelled by at least 3 inches
White count rose dramatically to 30,000 – indicating infection
CAT scan showed burst duodenum
Emergency surgery on burst duodenum (small intestine)
Intubation – tube removed too soon - reinserted
Double pneumonia
Drain inserted stomach's right side to drain & suction out infected abscess
Feeding tube inserted
7 units of blood transfused
25 days in ICU – 19 of them unresponsive

Infectious material drain removed
Moved to progress care – 10 days
Moved to Connerton Acute Long Term Care Hospital - although NOT a rehab center, they do offer some rehab
Working hard to recover and get home

Please continue to pray that I'll recover enough to get home! I'm fully confident that I'm in God's hands, and He is in control.


My son and his family traveled to North Carolina this summer. Johnny and I had taken our family there many years ago; what a beautiful state!

Here's a picture that Jenna, our son's youngest took. It brought back some happy memories.

Look at that Blue!

Happy Blue Monday!


Chubskulit Rose said...

Love that photo! Thanks God it's not a cancer. Get well Sally!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Sally, I'll be back to link tomorrow morning, but I wanted you to know I'm pulling for you. I'll continue to keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you'll soon be headed home. Hugs and Blessings...Mary

Marice said...

Wonderful photo! I know you will recover in no time! Sending prayers over!

The 4-feet Wonder said...

It's my first blue Monday, nice meme. Blue is my favorite color. :)

Nice scenic shot. loved it.

I hope you get well soon. God bless.

Say Cheese...(India)

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Wow! I had no idea! God has truly been with you and he still has work for you to do here. Praying for a speedy recovery,

xinex said...

You have been through so much, Sally. I hope you are getting better and will completely recover soon. I will continue to pray for you....Christine

Jacqueline said...

Sally, what a lot to go through! Hope you get better soon. My prayers are with you!

Dhemz said...

oh,my Sally! Thanks for sharing all the details. God is really prayers are with you....take care!

Fifi Flowers said...

Hoping you continue to get better daily and are back to normal SOON!

Anonymous said...

thoughts and prayers for you at this time, Judyx

Fashion Momma said...

We're all praying for you Sally. :)

My Blue Monday is here.

Cathy said...

Bless your sweet heart, Sally. You have been through so much. I'm praying for your healing, and that you can go home, Dear. Hugs ~
That is a beautiful picture.

Anonymous said...

My, you've been through the mill, haven't you?! I am so glad you're doing better and I'm praying you'd continue to recover and will be able to go home soon.

That photo is so beautiful.

Tina´s PicStory said...

Wishing you a soon recovery :) Keep on smiling :) xo Tina

Eden said...

What a beautiful view! Nicely captured.

Praying for your speedy recovery.

Unknown said...

Love your blog.Thanks for sharing.Hope you are better soon.

Unknown said...

we'll continue to pray for you, Sally.

Lina Gustina said...

You have experienced a lot!
You're a strong'll recover :)

Great view!

Gin Hansson said...

i'm happy to be back here Sally...i've been far for few weeks...

how are you?

God bless

B i r g i t t a said...

You must be a very strong lady Sally to manage all this struggle. I admire you and I hope the recouvery will go on well. All my best wishes for you!

Rebecca said...

Oh Sally-I knew you were going thru a lot-so sorry-I'll keep you in my prayers.

Beverly said...

Dear Sally, you have remained in my thoughts and prayers every single day. And, you have been on quite a journey. I praise God for your continued improvement and return of strength.

The Blue Ridge Mountains are an awesome site.

Momgen said...

We pass that the other day yes we are in the mountain of North Carolina this time having our vacation.

Mine is here

Gentle Heart Homestead said...

Hello Sally,
what a lovely, peaceful photo!
And what a great God we have!
May His healing power speedily restore you back to full health and home, in Jesus' mighty Name!

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

You have been through a lot and I am praying you will be home soon and getting better every day! :)

The French Hutch said...

Sally, You have been through so much and I will pray for your continued recovery. Your sweet girls are doing such a great job with your blog. God Bless and take care.

The French Hutch

Maria's Space said...

Lovely picture. We are all thinking of you Sally. Keep getting better Intestinal infections are hard to recover from. It took me a year. Infection started last May. In hospital for 2.5 weeks. 6 catscans, major infection, burst intestine from an abscess + diverticulitis. Doctors, punctured intestine under catscan to put in drain (I was awake). Months of antibiotics. Felt like I was dying last year. Had numerous infections in my uterus until I demanded a special test. Found intestinal bacteria at my cervix (how did that get there). Ended up with a fistula between intestine and uterus. Passing stool through my vagina (God, help me!). Catscan showed fistula. Surgery in December to remove part of intestine and repair HOLE in my uterus (no wonder I felt like I was dying last year). Infection after surgery that sent me right back to hospital. No more infection but intestine will never be the same. Now I have what they believe to be a hernia. Ugh!
After all that, what I really wanted to say is, life is full of changes. All we can do is breath, pray and keeping moving. I think of you all the time. Take care of yourself and don't rush anything. God bless.

Anonymous said...

That photo is breathtaiking.

My heart just hurts for all you have been through. You are on my prayer list...big time. I know you can feel the love you have from everyone in blogland and how much we think about you and pray for you and your family.

Happy Blue Monday. dana

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Beautiful picture of the mountains...stay positive....happier and healthier days are ahead!! Missing you Sally...
♥, Susan

Dorincard said...

Wow, Sally, testing wishes to you! Nice mountains!

Loui♥ said...

Sweet Sally..
what an ordeal you've had!!
and being the strong fighter you are..
with assistance from the Man above,
(he's heard and answered the many prayers from your friends and family)
you are making wonderful progress!
keep it up!! We are all here pulling for you!!
much love and warmest hugs..
ps.. that is a beautiful BLUE photo!!!

Barbara Rosenzweig said...

What a horrible experience!

I hope that you make a complete and speedy recovery!


Becky K. said...

Bless your heart! What a hard road you have walked this summer.
Your family must be thrilled to see your recovery coming along. I'll pray with you that you strengthen and regain your ability to live in your sweet home with that handsome hubby of yours.

I have experienced the pain of a post op abscess. It nearly killed me about four years ago after a hysterectomy. My road back was long! But I am so thankful to say that for the most part I am doing well. Praying you can say the same before you know it.

Kim, USA said...

Hi Sally, I am thankful that you are fine after what you have experienced. I continue to pray for your speedy recovery, God is good!! Happy weekend and take care!


Bogie said...

I speak God's healing to be upon you. God bless you!

Annesphamily said...

Love the photo! Please keep getting stronger and feeling better each day. I know how much you love the Lord! He is carrying you in His hand today Sally. Love Anne

jlshall said...

What a traumatic summer you've had, Sally! But I'm glad to hear you're continuing to improve. Hope you're home with loved ones very soon.

Lovely photo for Blue Monday!
~Joy @ Joysweb

Unknown said...

Praying for you and your family.
The blue mountains and sky are beautiful. Everything is brown here in Texas, but I am including some of my favorite blue possessions on my blog.

anne said...

that's a very beautiful view

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Sally, what a LOT to be going through. You have my warmest thoughts, my prayers, and you'd have a hug if my arms were longer.

Now ... Heal!

Unknown said...

praying for you, sally. as always.

Marianne said...

Good lord, girl! Talk about doing it the hard way. I too was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma and had to have my right kidney removed. I had two cancerous tumors, both of which were removed during surgery. I recovered quickly and have only a gigantic scar three months later. Sorry your experience was so horrible and hope you are back to your old self soon.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Sally I am continuing to pray for you that you'll have a full recovery. You have been through so much, and have come so far, and next step will be hoing home!

The Blue Ridge Mountians are so lovely!


Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Wow Sally! This has been some hard road for you and your family. Praising God you are getting better and praying with so many others for your complete healing! Blessings, Debbie

Ani said...

At least you are getting some answers. I know you'll keep smiling through it all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sally! What a trauma your life has been these past weeks! May you know the Lord's continued faithfulness in all things as you recover and glorify Him. So glad you are back with us and sharing beautiful blues on Monday. I've been busy but am hoping to get back on track now as we move into the routine of a new school year. Hope you enjoy meeting my new grandbaby - and reading their "Making of a Miracle" story linked to it - I know you'll be blessed!
Miss Kathy

Visits With Mary said...

Goodness, what an ordeal you've been through, so delighted to hear your in recovery and working hard to go home! ! I love your Blue Monday Blog Party, thanks for're in my prayers for a speeding recovery. {{hugs}}

LV said...

I knew you were having a bad time of it, but never realized just what a horrible time you were going through. No doubt, you reached way down and found more strength than you thought you had to endure all this nightmare. Pray you will soon be strong enough to at least go home. That would help you feel some better. So sorry you are having to deal with so much at one time. Hang in as it will get better..

AnnA said...

Hi Sal!
There have been alot of things around your health...As usual I found something bluey flowering for you, but also some sunshine, to fill your heart and your mind with... I give you my thoughts and my prayers!
Best wishes,

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Thank you for allowing me to share my link.

I know you will recover soon because you are strong!!! ;) Sending prayers & hugs your way!


Mom&Daughter_Crafters_Extraordinaire said...

this is my first blue monday post.
Feel better soon

Charlotte said...

Wow, Sally, you have been through so much. I pray you will be able to go home soon.

Ms.Daisy said...

I've come over from LV's and I just read what you have been going through! I too am praying that you will be well enough to come home soon. Always feel better when I'm home and I know you will also.


joyh82 said...

OMG, what a few months you have had my friend. We are keeping you in our prayers and I hope you are home very soon. Continue to do what the docs want and I am sure it will happen. Take care and hugs!

Sarah said...

Sally, not certain what happened. I left a comment and a link earlier today, but see neither. Trying again.
Hope you are improving each day. I keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
Beautiful blue sky vista. ~ sarah

Jacqueline said...

Dear Sally,
I will pray to the King of Kings for you, for your renewed strength, and for wisdom as you proceed. I believe you are in Good Hands. Jesus is the Master healer, and I am thankful for each new day. either way, we WIN!
Blessings of joy, peace, and comfort to you.

hapzydeco said...

Sally - Trust that there will be nothing for you but blue skies from now on. God truly has you in the palm of His hand.

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

Hi Ms Sally get well soon. Will keep praying for your quick recovery. Happy Blue Monday

Maude Lynn said...

What a rough ride! We're all keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

My goodness, Sally! What an ordeal!
Praying for strength and healing during this recovery process. We do know "in whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." May you find comfort in knowing that others whisper your name in prayer and praise to Him.

Saucy said...

Oh no Dear Sally, you are in quite a fight but you have all of our well wishes, do know that you are cared for. Enjoy your blue Monday and please, please take care of yourself.


Donnie said... don't ever do things half way do'm so thankful for God's graces to you and I'm glad you're getting better each day. You are in my prayers always as is Johnny and your family. {{{Hugs}}}

Anonymous said...

Good to hear you continue to make progress.
Praying God's continued blessing on you and yours!

Anonymous said...

OH, poor Sally! I'm so sorry to hear you've had to go through so much. You are in my prayers and I'm praying you're going to bounce back soon and be able to return home! You take care of yourself.
love you,
Shelia ;)

Jeanne said...

Dear Sally, I have been crazy busy and I can't believe I missed a blue Monday. My thoughts and prayers are with you always. You have been through so much and it is
Gods grace that has brought you this far. It is so sad to know how much you have suffered but is it true? No cancer? I'm hoping it is true.

You are very loved and I know in my heart you will make it home again.
Love and Blessings to you, Johnny and your precious family.

Barbara F. said...

Sally, I am a new contributor to Blue Monday, and I am looking forward to the day you return to all of us in Blogland. It has been a long road but you are progressing very well. Sending prayers your way for a full recovery. xo

Carolyn Ford said...

you are in my thoughts and prayers, dear have been through quite a knot-hole this summer...and, still you keep up with this meme. you are an angel and i wish you a speedy recovery (now that the worst has passed)...take care!

bj said...

O my gosh, Sally. When this all first started, I had NO idea it would turn into all this. Bless your heart...I am so sorry this has happened but thankful you are now doing better.
I pray for you every night..and hope you are home soon.
xo bj

Struan said...

get well Sally sending you big hugs from Scotland xxxxxxxxxx

Unknown said...

Almost forgot to link in! Looking around.