Thursday, March 17, 2011

WELCOME HOME!

The day has arrived and Luis is finally at home! We feel so blessed to have made it through this situation! We also feel extremely thankful for everyones great support, prayers & personal visits to the hospital. You guys have truly made a difference- so thank you- to you all!



For those of you who don't know yet, the surgery was to insert a jejunostomy (j-tube) in his intestinal tract, (below his stomach). This tube provides a way for Luis to receive liquid food because he was unable to eat by mouth due to a blockage. This allows him to receive the nutrition and water he needs to maintain his weight and strength. Right now, he needs 1250 ml (5 cans) pumped into him over 14 hours. His dietitian also encourages him to continue to get in full liquids throughout the day for even more calories and hydration. Now mind you, this feeding tube is only necessary for a short time while his receiving his chemo therapy. As he progresses in his treatments and gets stronger, he'll be decreasing the amount of the the liquid food and increasing his solid food. The picture below can give you guys an idea of some of the things the tube feeding comes with. The home tube feeding will take some adjustment on our part but it's so flexible to his schedule- and its also portable-so he can take it with him.

Well, it's been a long two weeks since the surgery and I can honestly tell you guys that this experience alone has given me a better understanding about patience. I soon learned that my patience does rest on the faith I have in Luis, the doctors & in God. When there was that one week delay from him coming home because (according to the surgeon, Dr. Sanchez), the valve was not functioning yet. He said it can take a few weeks before it starts working properly. So all he really needed was more time! We went ahead and BELIEVED in the doctor while still doing our part- remaining positive, calm and patient during his recovery.



You see, good is underneath every single thing that appears to be negative. If we can know that good is all there is, (including in a negative situation) then we'll see a negative situation transform into all good. Most of us keep the good away from ourselves because we right away label something as bad, and then, of course that becomes our reality. Well, I chose to see the good in this situation.

until next time.................choose to see the good in your situation- no matter how bad things appear to be!