Saturday, May 12, 2012

When Life Hands You Lemons...




I got the MRI results back on Monday. In addition to deterioration in my hip I have a spinal tumor. For the first few days I could barely say the words and it took me two days to be able to write them. I had an appointment with the neurosurgeon yesterday and it went very well. I liked him a lot and he comes very well recommended. Not only is he my internist's top choice, he performed surgery on a good friend a couple of months ago. The latter gave me a lot of confidence.

Dr. S is very confident -- can't be 100% sure before the tumor is biopsied -- that the tumor is benign. The surgery -- for neurosurgery -- is relatively uncomplicated and the recovery is expected to be about a month. It is also not emergency surgery and I can try and do many of the things I have planned for the next few weeks. I will still be able to go to the graduation in Rochester next week and my 40th college reunion in two weeks. I'll just be walking a lot slower than usual.  

Continuing the lemonade theme...

When Life Hands You Lemons...

Source: piccsy.com via Mindy on Pinterest


I am asking for your prayers and the prayers from any prayer groups you belong to, friends, family and blog buddies. If you send on salt and tequila, they too, will be gratefully received.

My wish for this weekend, Keep Calm and Make Lemonade!

25 comments:

Amrita said...

Good idea, I love lemonade

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Lemons in life sure do come along and very often when we aren't expecting it. I will be praying for you. Glad it is not an emergency and that it will give you some time for enjoyment and also preparation. So sorry to hear of your diagnosis today. Keep Calm! All will be well.

Terra said...

Oh Buttercup, dear friend, I pray for excellent results and news for your surgery, with total healing.
Keep calm and make refreshing lemonade. Your buddy, Terra.

Maple Lane said...

I am praying for you dear friend.

Barbara F. said...

Everything will turn out just fine, Carol. They do miraculous things with surgeries these days. The fact that it is not an emergency should make you feel a little better. You are determined to get to Rochester! Good for you!! xo

Theresa said...

Count me in for praying, asking others to pray and making Lemonade:) BIG HUGS and positive thoughts heading your way!!!!!

Ms Sparrow said...

As the illustrious Red Green says, "We're pullin' for you!"

Loretta said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Love.
Hugs,
Loretta

Melissa said...

I'm praying for you. Take good care of yourself.

Nancy said...

You will definitely be in my thoughts, dear! Keep that positive attitude. xoxo

Bearly Sane said...

Thanks for popping by when you have so much on your plate. I hope the op goes well and that "the man up stairs" keeps a close eye on you and the results of the biopsy are resoundingly good.

Have faith and we'll all keep on prayin'.
Warmest hugs,
Sandi

Mimi said...

HI!!
I will be thinking of you and keeping you on my Prayer list. GOD is Good and hears the Prayers of his people!!
God Bless you sweetie,
jamie

Country Dreaming said...

Blessings and prayers for you!
Enjoy your activities and keep us posted.

Melinda

Catherine said...

Dear Buttercup, I am inspired by your brave attitude.
I will keep you in my prayers. I promise.
I thank you for your visit and for your positive attitude you will inspire others to be brave and to pray.
Blessings dear friend. Catherine xoxo

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm sending you bucketfulls of good thoughts and healing vibes. I'm so glad you have an excellent surgeon. Anytime you need that salt and tequila, feel free to give a shout! *hugs*

Annmarie Pipa said...

I will pray for you. Do not underestimate the power of prayers!

~ linda said...

Oh, sweet girl, I am praying for and with you. I just went through lumbar surgery and am doing quite well now. I had a cyst on my spine and had that removed along with two vertebrae fused. Time to slow down!
I also thank you for you sweet thoughts this Mother's Day. It is hard for some of us, but shall we make lemonade for this too? : )
loving you, ~ linda

Jay said...

love your positive thoughts..
wishing you speedy recovery..
do take care
new to your space
lovely space you have
so happy following you..;)
do stop by mine sometime
Tasty Appetite

Shell said...

Have you been following what's been going on with my "Mary?"

If it's benign, Thank God! If it's not,,,we need to talk, a lot!

Thank you for your post comment. I responded.

Truly? Keep me in the loop! I don't post phone #'s, so Email me @ Shelly39WA@aol.com and I'll send you mine.

Hugs and Love and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!
Shell

TARYTERRE said...

Makes me wonder what's going on in Blogland. seems like health problems abound for everybody these days. You are in my prayers. I hope that it's benign and the operation goes smoothly and that you'll be back to yourself in no time at all, without anymore pain and discomfort. TAKE CARE. PS)Please keep my daughter in your prayers. They just discovered 3 spots on her lungs. she's never smoked. And a big mass on her liver. They're going to do a biopsy soon too. I am praying with all my heart these things are benign. She's only 36 and has two small children. You never know what the good Lord is going to throw your way. Last week everything was in transition about something else. This week we are confronted with this. Salt and tequila sound good.

LDH said...

Dear friend, we will be praying too!! Happy you have a doctor you like that is skilled and that this is not an emergency.

Sending love and hugs!

Lorraine and John

Grammy Staffy said...

Prayers are speeding your way....lots of them and hugs too. so sorry you face another surgery and tumor. it seems to me that this is too many lemon for one year....good thing that you are a good lemonade maker.

Grammy Staffy said...

Prayers are speeding your way....lots of them and hugs too. so sorry you face another surgery and tumor. it seems to me that this is too many lemon for one year....good thing that you are a good lemonade maker.

Lynda said...

The good news is you got a prognosis. The bad news is more surgery - - - but the good news is hopefully the tumor will be benign like the doctor predicts. However, it is definitely a hit between the eyes that no one expects to hear. It is a great time of year though to drink lemonade! . . . . not so much so in the winter though . . . . will pray for you.

Paula said...

So sorry to hear this news! I will be praying for you for complete healing and recovery.