10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM HAVING SURGERY

I’m home recovering from a little gallbladder surgery I had earlier this week. I’m beginning to think I’m sending my body parts to heaven one at a time :)

Today is the first day I’ve actually felt like checking my email and doing a little blogging. So, here are 10 things I learned from having surgery this week…

1. Compassion is the greatest quality in a nurse, and I’m thankful that my nurse was full of compassion.

2. It’s impossible to have any kind of self-dignity in a hospital gown.

3. It doesn’t matter what kind of surgery it is, anesthesia makes me throw up every time!

4. When you’re wearing one of those always-open-in-the-back hospital gowns, never turn your back on your friends :)

5. When you’re told, “This medicine is going to make you a little woozy,” believe it.

6. It’s nice when a friend stops by and says, “Can I pray for you?”

7. If you’re visiting someone in the hospital, any visit longer than about 3 minutes is too long.

8. I learned that real love is my sweet wife spending her entire day sitting right next to my bed.

9. The best place for recovering is at home in your own chair or bed.

10. It’s great to have friends who pray for you and check on you.

What have you learned from having surgery?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. akomageorgeo says:

    yes Trey Morgan is wright,I encourage every Christian to stop over whenever you are driving across a hospital, simply stop over and see the patients, you must certainly have a message from God the life giver.
    Thank you Trey, I also serve as a hospital minster. Your Brother Akoma George.

  2. Stoogelover says:

    Well that explains the absence. Glad you're home and feeling as well as you are. I've never been so lucky as to have to have surgery or stay in a hospital for anything, but when I was preaching, I would always keep my visits very short.

  3. Janice Garrison says:

    I say “Amen’ to all 10. I have had seventeen major surgeries and I could write a book on all of my experiences, good, bad and otherwise with hospital stays. I was beyond shock when I ended up with gallbladder pancreatitis in 2004 as I had zero symptoms until one day before I ended up in the ER literally hanging on by a thread. By the time laser surgery came along I had too much internal scar tissue to be a candidate. I told Larry not to worry, there isn’t much left to take out that I can live without.

    I especially agree with the three minute rule. I was always falling asleep on my visitors and that made me feel terrible, I was so medicated though that I absolutely couldn’t stay awake.

  4. Kim says:

    Trey,

    So sorry you had to have surgery but we are glad you are home and hopefully well on your way to feeling better.

    We will be praying!!

    Pat and Kim

  5. Gator says:

    I had that same surgery back in May. You are absolutely right about those 10 things – so true! I can't tell you how good I feel these days, but the day after the surgery I questioned whether my gall bladder was really that bad because I felt like poo and thought I was a stupid glutton for punishment. The anesthesia is what did me in. It makes me sick, too. The good news is you are on the mend and will just feel better and better everyday. :)

  6. Karin says:

    Totally agree with your 10 things learned. Surgery has come a long way from a few years ago. I still have train tracks from when I had my gallbladder out, lol. And please, when you visit, don't tell me horror stories of other's experiences. It's amazing that we can recover from a great loss of dignity – there's nothing new under the sun! Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Feel better uncle trey, you'll be running again in no time!
    -Jon

  8. akomageorgeo says:

    Having seen a dying, have you ever heard the words of the dying one?
    have you ever been around one who is about to die ? either from an accident or from fall from height?
    have you ever experienced the anxiety that reign supreme in the heart of the relations?
    or have you seen a husband of a pregnant woman from the 3rd world countries who has been booked for ceaserian section (CS)Oh just stop over the hospital and look.
    Akoma George.

  9. Donna G says:

    Glad you are on the road to recovery…I have the same puking experience…even when it is just "twilight sleep" to get my wisdom teeth out….arghhh.

    Get well quickly!

  10. Jackie says:

    I'm glad you're feeling better!! There is NO way to keep some dignity in a hospital gown!!! I've never had surgery but just having 2 babies is enough!!!!! :) Still praying for you!!!!!!!!

  11. Rev. Mike says:

    I did not have surgery, but I was in the hospital for six days with severe dehydration and muscle swelling (worked out too hard). I was on the same floor as the ICU and the cancer ward and I discovered that no matter how bad you think you are doing, it could always be a lot worse. It made me more sympathetic to the problems of others.

  12. Brian says:

    hey, glad you are home and recovering well.

    ironically, i was just reading about gall bladder cleanse/flush the other day.

    welcome back

  13. Terry says:

    I'm glad you're recovering well.

    I learned this a few years ago: Most of us do not let others know when we are in pain. I did not tell very many people that I was having surgery even though I had been in pain for months and only my family knew it. I don't believe I'm unusual in that way. You may never know by looking at someone what kind of pain may be in his or her life at that very moment.

  14. Bobbie says:

    #1 Be absolutely honest about what you need from others, especially if it is no visitors! Never ceases to amaze me how tempting it is to run visit someone in the hospital but not ask the "well people" if they want me to visit in some Christlike way.
    Take care of yourself!

  15. Deb ;) says:

    I laughed at your list! I had total knee replacement in June, and I might add one more item to the list:

    Don't let your friends record you talking when you are still under the influence of the anesthesia! They will threaten you with it later! LOL@

  16. Charla (SHar-la) says:

    I have learned that conscious sedation is the BEST anesthesia EVER! One LOOOONNNNNGGG nap later, and you don't remember anything but the good stuff!

  17. Gary says:

    Hope you recover quickly. Thank God for Lea.

  18. NB says:

    I always throw up after anesthesia too. I have learned that (usually) whatever anti-nausea medicine they decide to give, only makes the vomiting worse!!!!!

    I've also learned that no matter what type of surgery you have, it will hurt to cough or sneeze.

    And…I've learned that when you (finally) recover, it's nice to go back and re-read your get well soon cards and remember that people cared.

  19. Carolyn Vela says:

    Glad to know that your surgery went well..I have also been through GBS (gall bladder surgery 😉 )…Mine was horrible..enough said! But I'm glad you're feeling better to blog because you know I can't go without my "daily dose"…And kudos to Lea for being the awesome person she is! GOD BLESS!

  20. JDH says:

    1 – They're not kidding when they say you have to go #1 and #2 before they'll let you leave the hospital.

    2 – The morphine bolus is there for a reason…push the button.

    3 – Don't count on getting any sleep the night after when the nurse comes in every 15 minutes to take your blood pressure.

    4 – Living in a small town means you probably have a two hour ride home before you can get back to bed, and you feel every little bump in the road.

  21. Marty says:

    Your humor is hilarious. Working in health care, you mentioned all the things that people want to say, but are too scared. Wish you God's speed with recovery!

    -Marty

  22. Anonymous says:

    Dear trey I know this has nothing to do with what you were talking about but I need you to pray for me please because my mind has been unclean I've been trying to get all of this out of my head but it's not working and I need alot of help as much as I can get but I don't want to tell you my name I'm embarrased so just pray for anonymous.

    Thanks,
    ?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Oh and thank lea for me if it wasn't for her we might not have our preacher and you are lucky to have survived that

    <3

  24. TREY MORGAN says:

    Anonymous … I'll pray :)

  25. laymond says:

    Anonymous, please accept some good advice from a fellow Christian, a brother in Christ. I truly believe you are greatly bothered by what you call unclean thoughts, and there are such things that come with being bound to this earth and surrounded by things that are not beneficial to our well being spiritually. I assumed by what you said you belong to the congregation where Trey preaches, you are lucky to have a preacher of his caliber, my good advise to you is go to your preacher or elders and ask for them to pray with you. There is no reason your sins should be exposed even to them, God already knows. We often have members come before the congregation and ask for their prayers, right then and there, you might be surprised what a relief it is not to have to carry a burden of this magnitude alone. May God bless you, I too will pray that you find peace.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Oh by the way, If you do choose to share your problem with the church leaders, I will venture to say it won't be the first time they have heard it. God Bless

    lem

  27. akomageorgeo says:

    Dear Reader I want you to pray for Trey Morgan, he has edified many souls by his write ups, and God has bless many souls through him, may our Good God elongate his life for us , Paul sail to live is Christ.
    he must live to complete his work on this planet earth.
    AMEN.

  28. Di says:

    Trey, ask for a scopoloamine patch before your next surgery. They are the little patches you get for seasickness. I think they will keep you from throwing up.

    Amen on the 3 minutes. We have good friends who came and camped out for about 45 minutes the night after my husband had surgery. No matter what hint I dropped – they insisted. We were exhausted!

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