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Second Chances

A Monday post? Wutttt????

I know. You’ll see why. :) This is the “very specific reason” I mentioned in the previous post.

 

 

This is a continuation of last week’s post about my chronic illness. And about why I decided to share it with you at all. And why I’m going to be MIA for the next few weeks.

 

The short answer: I’m having surgery tomorrow to fix my leg.

 

The long answer: Over the years, EDS has caused my legs to become crooked (it’s way too complicated to explain how in this post). They’ve only gotten more crooked and painful as I’ve grown older, and it will continue to worsen unless the crookedness is repaired.

So how do they repair it?

(Skip the next paragraph if you’re squeamish)

 

My orthopedic surgeon is going to perform a closing wedge high tibial osteotomy. (Say THAT ten times fast. ;) ) Google it if you want to know the details, but in short, they will be breaking my leg, taking a wedge of bone out, realigning the bone, and securing it in place.

 

(Squeamish part over)

 

As you can imagine, the recovery for this surgery is pretty intense. And long. And requires a lot of sitting still. None of which I’m very excited about. (And I have to have this surgery twice…the second one will be six months from now.)

It will be at least three months until I will be able to function at a semi-normal level, without the use of a wheelchair/crutches.

And that scares me.

BUT.

There are so many verses in the Bible about fear–or rather, about not being fearful!!! My sweet friends have been pointing those out to me, encouraging me to memorize them, and pointing me to Christ and His promises to care for His children no matter what.

Since I’m such a music-oriented person, I turn to music when I get scared. I have a LOT of music in iTunes/Amazon/Spotify, but here are a couple of my “chill out” songs that have been playing on repeat lately.

 

 

 

Though it sounds cliche, I really do try to focus on the positives in all situations–but especially in this situation with surgery. Anyone with a chronic illness knows that if you can’t find positives and take joy in little things, life will be 100% more miserable.

One of the huge positives about this surgery is that it gives me (or rather, my legs) a second chance. I know my body will never work “right” or “normally,” but this particular surgery is supposed to give me significantly more function, as well as less pain, than I have right now.

And that alone makes the prospective struggle of recovery worthwhile.

 

Tomorrow (Tuesday), my parents and I will be making a short road-trip to a (relatively) close city. We’ll be going to the hospital where my amazing orthopedic surgeon works to have the procedure will be performed on my right leg. I’ll stay at the hospital overnight for sure, maybe longer depending on how things are going. (Not even kidding…one of my biggest fears is that the food will be nasty. Yes, I am a snob. ;) )

As with any surgery, there are a lot of things that can potentially go wrong. And because I have a bleeding disorder than keeps my blood from clotting properly, there is an even higher likelihood of something going awry. My doctors are working together and taking every precaution to ensure that my body cooperates like it should, but there is always the possibility of something going wrong.

So if you think about it tomorrow, would you be praying that there are no complications during surgery? I would sincerely appreciate it!

I’ll be keeping my Instagram updated with surgery/recovery things as much as possible. Be sure to follow that if you want to stay up to date–I won’t be posting surgery-related things on the blog. :)

I’m going to be out of commission for a while, but never fear…I’ve got exciting several blog posts scheduled and ready to go! :)

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18 responses to “Second Chances”

  1. I’ll be praying for you, Ivy! Thank you for trusting us with this and for letting us be a part of holding you up.
    *Hugs*

  2. Miss Sally says:

    Thanks for letting us know, Ivy! Rebekah’s words above this morning say it so well – my sentiments also, exactly! You and your supporting family will be strong in my heart and prayers throughout this whole process. My thoughts will be following along right with you, every step of the way. Much love to you!

  3. Girl you know I’m praying for you, and I am positive everyone who reads this blog is praying for you. And lots of others, besides. <3 You are an encouragement and a light and I'm honored to be your friend. I'm praying tons for you, and good job being so brave in posting this blog post!

  4. Zane Jones says:

    I’ll be praying, Ivy. I completely broke my femur about half a year ago now, and had to go into surgery the day after where they inserted a metal rod. Not half as bad as what you are going to be going through (or what you have gone through with EDS), but I can relate. Good luck with the surgery and recovery.

  5. I’m praying for you, Ivy! God will take care of you. <3

  6. I will most certainly be praying Ivy! Thank you for sharing this with us and allowing us to lift you up in prayer! *hugs*
    Love,
    Victoria

  7. I will definitely be praying for you, Ivy! <3

    "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." Romans 8:18

    "I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord." Isaiah 66:9

    "God often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad of our greatest calling." (I have no idea who said that, but I wanted to share the quote with you :) )

  8. Kellyn Roth says:

    I’ll be praying! I hope everything goes well.,

  9. Katja L. says:

    Praying for you!! I hope you will have a safe and successful surgery!! Hold on to His promises! So glad for second chances, aren’t you? :)

  10. Liberty Bluebelle says:

    Thank you for trusting us, you’re readers, many of whom you’ve never met, with this part of your life. It’s an honor, and adds greater depth and meaning to the person we see in the blog posts and books. I’m not sure exactly how to say it, because it sounds sort of odd, but these last two blog posts have been a great blessing to me, and through them (and your good attitude!) you’ve brought glory to our Heavenly Father and encouragement to your fellow believers. =) I’ll be praying for you today, tomorrow, and in the weeks ahead, that God will guide the doctor’s hands, that your healing will be thorough, that your family will have the grace and help they need, and that He’ll wrap His arms of love around you and remind you that He loves you, and is using your path in life to reach people in ways you have no idea of. =) Thank you again, Ivy. <3

    ~Liberty Bluebelle

    "Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all." II Thessalonians 3:16

  11. Pam McDonald says:

    My amazing Rosebud , You are so being used by your Heavenly Father in the lives of untold hundreds of people.

    11 Timothy 1:7 God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.

    Your God is mighty and awesome God who is worthy of all your praise, My small group and the Prayer Warriors are and will be praying for you.

    You are such a blessing to this Ya-Yah’s soul.
    Love you to Jesus and back.

  12. Jesseca Dawn says:

    Oh, sounds like an interesting sort of operation. ;) I hope it’s able to help you find some relief!! <3
    Praying for you and your family as you go through all this. God is good, and He'll see you all through!! *hugs*

  13. Jada Morrison says:

    Aw, Ivy, I’ll be praying for you. Look up the song “I Have This Hope” by Tenth Avenue North, and some of their other songs.

  14. Faith Potts says:

    Lots of prayers and blessings to you!! <3 <3

  15. Ashley says:

    Dear Ivy Rose,

    Thank you for sharing about your disease with us. I know it wasn’t easy, and I appreciate you being vulnerable. :) I am praying the surgeries go well and you will not be in too much pain during recovery. Keep trusting God and remain strong in him!

    Love
    Ashley

  16. Lauren Compton says:

    I’ve been praying for you, Ivy! I know what it is like to have constant pain. But I also know that God is good and that He makes no mistakes. :) Truly His grace is sufficient.
    Thinking of you all the way from Australia!
    Lauren

  17. Lilly Shyree says:

    I will be praying that there will not be much pain and that you will recover quickly!! Thank God for doctors who can do amazing surgeries like this one!

    – Lilly Shyree (alillyingodsgarden.blogspot.com)

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