With Friend Like This … (Another Surgery!)

Yesterday a good friend of mine and I were texting back and forth and he really touched a nerve. When God gives you friends like this you have to just stop and thank Him for providence. As it stood I was really nervous about an appointment that was coming up. I’m really getting tired of surgeries and that seems to be the only way to resolve the issue I am having with this fistula in my neck.

{Friend} Still headed for Newnan?

{Me} Yeah. Leave around 3:30. No appointments today but first appointment is 7:45am Monday morning.

{Friend} Good luck and drive safe. Prayers with you.

{Me} Thx bro. Meet with the plastic surgeon about this fistula Monday morning. Nervous about what he has to say about it. I’m really getting tired of surgeries.

{Friend} I know you are. On both counts. Won’t tell you not to be and wish I could lend you some strength or take some pain from you. I can tell you if you need somebody to yell at or about, I’m here and good at being yelled at.

{Me} Thx bro. You’re a real friend.

{Friend} Brother I try and good friends like you make it easy.

After my appointment this morning the news was as expected. I will have to have surgery to fix the fistula. The plastic surgeon usually works on breast reconstruction so he fluent in working around the pectoral muscle. They are going to take a small piece of skin, attached to a large portion of pectoral muscle, and tunnel it up from my chest all the way up to the left side of my neck. This will provide “virginal” (un-radiated) tissue with uncompromised blood flow to the fill in the fistula and the skin will give them something to close the fistula. Downside: some weakness will be apparent to begin with but can be overcome with rehab and physical therapy.

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! 1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV

God is still in control even though this is not the path I wanted to have to follow. I ask that you pray for the things that my friend wants to share with me, Timing on this surgery is really sort of messed up due to Memorial Day so we hope we don’t have to wait as long as they are saying. Having an open fistula on your neck isn’t as much fun as it sounds.

Thank you for reading my blog. Not only is it great to have friends that will “lend you strength and take your pain”, it’s great to have friends that are concerned enough about you to read and keep up.

4 thoughts on “With Friend Like This … (Another Surgery!)

  1. I’m so sorry you have to undergo yet another surgery but I continue to pray about you and think of y’all all the time. Your strength is an amazing gift from God. I too have realized the past 2 weeks how a simple chat with friends can help you thru hard times. Sometimes we just need to know that there are people there (besides family) that would take our pain away and do anything for us if they could. You are a wonderful man of God and your strength never ceases to amaze me. Love you Uncle Alan!

  2. Alan so sorry to hear this news. I am not very techy and just got on your page (all by myself) and even added it to my tabs so I can check up. My prayers are with you and all of the family. Stay strong my friend and always remember I am only a phone call away. I love you and we know God is in charge, but that doesn’t always mean the road is easy. He will give you the strength and always know you have your brothers and sisters in Christ that are there for you and praying!

    • The harder the road becomes the tighter we have to cling to Him and to each other. It’s great to know that I am covered with His grace and that He has put friends like you along my path. Thank you for always being there.

  3. Alan…

    I was just checking Lori’s Facebook to see if there were any updates and found that you had started this blog! You and Lori and the kids have been on my mind a lot in the last few days! God is good like that..HE always reminds me of people that need prayers!! I went back and read your blog from the beginning! I am amazed and thankful for the faith and strength God has given you to fight that stinking cancer! He is amazing isn’t he? I will continue to pray that He continues to give you the strength and faith to keep fighting! Love you all!!

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