well, surgery went well and I came home from the hospital on Monday evening. Sorry it's been so long since I posted I was kinda busy being medicated and eating ice chips. They gave me an epidural at the hospital, which was awesome while it was in, but my right heel and my belly button are still a little numb. I'm doing better everyday. Right now, I'm walking around, I can sit down in the chair by myself, and I can now eat normal food. I am also a great entertainer when I'm on my pain meds. Spent this afternoon enjoying the beautiful day on my back porch. I am still and always accepting gifts (just kidding...sort of). My kidney's relationship status is now: "single and loving it."
To be very honest though, the doctor's have said that having a kidney removed is one of the most painful surgeries you can have. My incision is 4 inches long, which I'm told was the smallest kidney incision the doctor had made for this kind of surgery. The tumor ended up being the size of my fist, we don't have the pathology reports back yet but the doctor's were optimistic that the tumor was benign.
It's been a really long week and I overcame a lot of hurdles but God showed up in every doctor, nurse, visitor, card, meal, and flower arrangement. Your prayers have clearly made a world of difference and I ask for continued prayer for a smooth and speedy recovery, especially in time for my senior prom because I would really like to walk in heels.