Saturday, June 22, 2013


Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wrote yesterday about having a myriad of emotions, once again.  After all, life has truly been like a roller coaster, lately. 

The emotional ride didn't end, where I left off though.

After talking with my surgeon on Tuesday, my nurse arrived.  This was after I called to her to let her know what my surgeon had told me to do, so she would know whether she was changing my intravenous bag, etc., or removing me from the set up.  From now on, I'll see her every second (2nd) day.

Part of my nurse's work will be to maintain the PICC line. 

My surgeon felt it was better to leave it in my arm, than to remove it.  This way, if the new surgeon wants me put on some sort of medication, it's available.  The precaution is also so that my vein won't collapse and not be available for future use.

My nurse wrapped my arm, where the PICC line is located.  This way, I can have a shower.  Praise God!

During our discussions, she let me know she had checked out the website of the surgeon in USA.  The one that I had mentioned to my current surgeon/doctor about.

She told me that she thought he was exactly what I need.  And, we agreed that if a competent surgeon isn't available soon, I should look into going to USA.

After all, I'm still waiting to hear about this other surgeon that I told my current surgeon about, on Monday.  So far, no response has been received.

I let her know what my surgeon had said, claiming that our Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) wouldn't allow me to have the surgery done, there.  My nurse commented that as a physician, my surgeon/doctor may not be able to get approval from OHIP.

She let me know there is an online form available.  Apparently, on the form, I would need to let them know that as per what my surgeon has told me, there are no available surgeons to do the surgery soon, that I need.

My first thought was... what??!!   I silently thanked God, hearing that I could apply myself, even though I was shocked!

Then, my mind flashed back. 

I went through this before my husband's death.  In that situation, we had been told that without a specialist's, in his case a neurosurgeon's signature, it would not be approved.  And, we couldn't get a neurosurgeon to sign for him.

Hmmm... it may come down to whether or not my surgeon will sign the form, for me.

If I have to use this form, it will be the truth.  And, I'll be grateful to have this to use.  Even if there is no guarantee that OHIP will cover the cost.

It's all in God's hands. 

Thinking about how I trust my Lord, I thought about 1 John 5:14, "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:"

Yes, I have confidence in my Great Physician.  And, I know that when I pray to Him, I pray that it is His will that is done, not mine.

And, I'm grateful that since I belong to Him, He hears my prayers.  For me, and for you... if you belong to Him.

Of course, the hardest part is waiting for the answer!

Until next time...

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