tales of my post-op week – and looking forward to writer’s conference.

Oh, the beauty of the King
You make righteous those who seek
You have written and redeemed my story
Let my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around
Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name
Let my life be a song, revealing who You are
For You are salt and light
Oh, the love that set me free
You bring hope to those in need
You have written and redeemed my story
Let my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around
Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name
Let my life be a song, revealing who You are
For You are salt and light
You are love’s great height
You are deep and wide
A consuming fire
You are salt and light
You are love’s great height
You are deep and wide
A consuming fire
Let my eyes see Your kingdom shine all around
Let my heart overflow with passion for Your name
Let my life be a song, revealing who You are
For You are salt and light
You are salt and light
For You are salt and light
For You are salt and light.
— Salt and Light, Lauren Daigle
This Lauren Daigle song, one of my favorites, has been very much on my heart as I get everything ready today to attend our Southern Christian Writer’s Conference tomorrow and Saturday – and I am so excited. ❤
Before I talk about that though – and I will – there is much to say about the past week and the “little” surgery that wasn’t as little as I expected it to be.
(I’m going to issue a warning here that there will be a groddy post-op foot picture later in this post.)
As I wrote in my previous post, I had surgery a week ago today to remove some old hardware that seemed to be harboring bacteria in my right foot.
I had to laugh that I was finally given a real tin foil hat. 🙂
Where I initially thought it was going to be a quick outpatient thing, it turned out to be a bit more involved when all was said and done, with an overnight in the hospital for IV antibiotics.
(We did end up with a corner room with a fabulous view – especially of the super moon that night – which was a happy surprise. Make your own sunshine, right?)
During the night, the hospitalist managed to scare the besneezus out of me, coming into my room and talking about my needing a PICC line and six weeks of IV antibiotics again (like my previous surgeries) which had not even entered my consciousness at that point. He left and started Vancomycin and another strong antibiotic in addition to the broad spectrum one that my orthopedist already had me on and ordered blood cultures. Needless to say, I was very frightened.
Fortunately, my infectious disease doctor – who is amazing and knows me well – appeared by lunchtime on Friday and said he felt comfortable discharging me home with a plan for me to go to the infusion center on Saturday for a one time dose of a long acting antibiotic that would cover me for up to three weeks. He also said he felt that the hospitalist had gotten carried away looking over my previous history and that those steps were not necessary this time.
It still took several hours and much confusion – what doesn’t on Friday afternoon at the hospital with multiple services involved? – but I finally got to come home to my family and I was so grateful.
On Saturday, I went to the infusion center for the dose of Dalvance.
The staff there were wonderful and everything went well.
Since then, I’ve been home, recovering from my surgery, wrapping up Maymester, then immediately starting my June term class, and preparing my book pitch for our Southern Christian Writer’s Conference this weekend.
It’s been a bit hectic.
I have to say it’s been more challenging than I expected as this antibiotic seems to have just wiped me out and honestly the surgery was a bit more than I was thinking it would be as well.
(Warning again – groddy foot picture is coming)
I definitely ended up with more substantial work than I initially thought to remove such small hardware – but she also did an I&D to clean out any residual infection.
So. . . lots of hibernating this week – and doing school work and writing in between.
Whew!
But my family has been amazing and the Lord has been good and I’m on the mend.
(Surrounded by stunning flowers from my better half and our family – I am so blessed. ❤ )
I am so excited for conference and getting to see my people and learning new things and also sharing my idea for my next book. I pray the Lord will use it however He wills.
Let my life be a song, revealing Who You are. . .
First, though, I still have many things to do tonight for school and to get ready for tomorrow. I can’t wait to check in later this weekend and share all the good things from conference. ❤
Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.
Grace and Blessings.

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