Inspired by Passion!

Today I Give Thanks!


When you live your life with an appreciation of coincidences and their meanings,
you connect with the underlying field of infinite possibilities.
Deepak Chopra

 

 I am sitting here in a very pensive mood, and it is a strange feeling, because exactly 14 years ago today was the time that I lost 3 days of my life in order to gain many more years… I had actually lost count a bit, and thought it may be 15 years this year, but on checking back I see it is 14!

Sat for the first time last night and went through some diary pages I have saved from that time, and the timeline looks something like this


1.      Approx 1 mth UTI – tried everything – got worse

2.      03 06 97  09-00 am  – GP – diagnosed a UTI

3.      10 06 97 11-10 am – Appt Pieter Rheede T/Berg – definite growth

4.      11 06 97 10-00 am – IVP

5.      12 06 97 11-10 am – Biopsy – home with catheter

6.      13 06 97 11-10 am – Pieter phoned – Stage IV Urethral Carcinoma – in Tuesday, op Thursday

7.      17 06 97  11-10 am – Admission day – Tygerberg – sent home again

8.      19 06 97  11-10 am – See Prof Naude GSH

9.      20 06 97  11-10 am – Prof phones – admission on Sunday, op Tuesday

10.  22 06 97  11-10 am – admitted- delirious- flaking in and out of consciousness

11.  24 06 97  07-10 am – First Op14 hrs 10 mins

12.  31 06 97  05-20am –  New bladder bursts

13.  31 06 97  03-15pm – Second Op 3hrs 15mins

14.  07 07 97  09-00am – Gastro nasal tube out

15.  08 07 97  10-00am  – 2 x Drips  out

16.  08 07 97  10-00am –  TPA  out

17.  09 07 97  09-00am –  1st drain out

18.  10 07 97  10-00am –  small stitches out

19.  10 07 97  10-00am –   TPA  out

20.  11 07 97  10-00am –  2nd  drain out – big stitches out – me out!

21.  01 08 97  08-30 am  – Admitted 2 days clamping of SP catheter & trial of SIC

22.  05 08 97  08-00 am –  Back to work


Wow, that was quite a month or two, I must say… looks weird when set out like that. I also found a journal entry that I had written on the day I was released from hospital and it was interesting to read how I felt about things on that day.

 Anyway all that is left is to thank my Maker for sparing me for so many more years so far, and also many thanks to Proff Naude (ex GSH), Dr Pieter Rheede (ex T/berg & ex SA) and the team of 12 that apparently worked on me during my op. I went through a few small ops in the three years following this saga, but am 14 years in remission today, so am kinda taking stock of what has happened in my life in those years, and whether I have made the best use of them or not!

 Guess there is a reason why I was still needed on this earth, so mebbe I need to find out what it is …

 Peace out out all of you out there, and remember to take care of your body – it’s the only one you have!

Aho, Mitakuye Oyasin!
Billi

Troubles are often the tools by which God fashions us for better things.

~ Henry Ward Beecher ~

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