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Jared Williams

Update on Health. Please Pray for wisdom

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Back in the hospital. Was home for two days, when I called my gastronologist for a follow up appointment. when he heard I was still struggling with the UC flare up, he ordered me back to the hospital because the IV meds, that I can only get while admitted at the hospital, are more powerful than the pills available to me at home. He also advised me to consider surgery. The colon was severe enough he isn't sure the new med we are trying is going to cut it. it only had a 30% chance of working and had increased risk of cancer with it. We are leaning toward surgery now and am going to talk to the surgeon tomorrow about scheduling it. They will take out the entire colon and I will live with an ostome bag. its not too bad or as scary as it sounds. It just means I empty my stools from a bag in the side of my stomach instead of the traditional way. It doesn't hinder any daily life activities. I can even go swimming with it. 

 

I hope to catch up to the site soon. School has been super time consuming on top of everything. I only have two classes, but compared to the work load of the one class I took over the summer, it's more like triple the load. Still, it's been very interesting and helpful to have something to occupy my mind.

 

Please pray that this is the right decision, or that God would get ahold of us if it is not. It was a family decision. I couldn't make it on my own without their approval. It's too big of a life change. 

 

Speaking of prayer, you can praise God too, for my cousin, who has two young boys, just successfully got out of surgery herself. She had a massive tumor surrounding the base of her skull. The doctors were amazed at its size, and it took 12 hours to cut it out, but she survived, and it was successful without any complications. Praise God! 

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Praying, too. That’s a big decision, either way. I’m glad you have your family to support and walk you through it.

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3 hours ago, Jared Williams said:

its not too bad or as scary as it sounds.

Just keep telling yourself this. 

 

We're praying for you and your cousin. Keep us posted.

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Wow! I'm so glad the doctors were able to get rid of your cousin's tumor. Praise the Lord!

 

And for you, Jared, I pray along with the others. May the Lord give you a decision that brings you peace. And as for school, if it gets to be too much, ask for an extension. Praying for all you need. 🧡

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Update: Out of the hospital today. Since I was only there to get stronger IV meds, and we decided to go ahead with the surgery, it was decided I could just take the pill form of the med at home, which is nice. I hate being in the hospital. Especially when no one can visit. I think it drove my mom madder than me, though. 

 

Not sure what surgeon or what the schedule will be, and insurance may be an issue with pre approval, if it's needed, but I hope I can do the surgery this week. Schedule wise, it would probably work best. but won't know anything more until Monday. 

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5 minutes ago, Jared Williams said:

but I hope I can do the surgery this week.

I'll be praying! Let us know when you've got it scheduled so we can pray then too.

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Update: unfortunately, Oct. 5th is the earliest possible date for surgery. I'm currently home, the meds seem to be helping with the symptoms so far, but still very weak. thank you all so much for your prayers. Please pray that my UC won't put me back in the hospital before the surgery and that things will go smoothly as things progress. 

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Praying the Lord guides the hands of the doctors and all those who attend you, Jared. May the Lord bless you with a smooth operation, a quick recovery, and better health. :)

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Update: The surgery is set for the 1st, next thursday. It will be a two part surgery. They say I'll be in the hospital for 2-3 days but recovery will be between 4-6 months, then they'll have the second part of the surgery after around 6 months after the first. Not sure what it will look like, but with trying to balance two masters classes with it, not sure how much time I'll be able to be on the site for a while. 

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7 hours ago, Jared Williams said:

not sure how much time I'll be able to be on the site for a while. 

You do what you need to get your health under control, and we'll keep praying for you.

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