Monday, December 29, 2008
In November, after having met all my insurance deductibles and having enough money in my health savings account to cover it, I scheduled a "routine" hernia repair surgery, as one of the common side effects of weight loss surgery is an incisional hernia. The routineness of the hernia repair came to an end when I got another common side effect of surgery, an infection. After rounds of two different antibiotics, and finally draining a large amount of infected fluid off my abdomen, it was determined that I have MRSA. MRSA is commonly thought of as a viral infection. However, it is not at all a virus. It is a bacterial infection that is resistant to many penicillin-based antibiotics. There are different types of this infection. In my situation, the surgeon went back in and took out the infected mesh that was used to repair the hernial originally. He replaced the mesh with a biologic mesh, taken from a cow. The incision was left open this time, and now I'm attached 24/7 to a thing called a wound vac, a miracle of modern medicine. With the wound vac, a medical sponge is inserted into the wound and covered with an air-tight adhesive and a tube attached to a vacuum to suck out the fluid that the wound creates (it truly is amazing, even if I am resentful of being attached to it at all times). In addition to the wound vac, I also have to take intravenous vancomycin (a very strong, broad spectrum antibiotic) twice a day. With any luck, this will all end by January 8, 2009.
My day took a real turn when I read my email this afternoon. My BFF, Indygirl~ was featured as today's motivator, I was so filled with pride!!! She is the best friend a person could ever have! She is also a very motivating force in my life. She's fantastic! She's one of the strongest people I've ever met. If you talk to her, she would completely deny this...as would most people that other people see as heroic in their lives. I see ~Indygirl and everything she goes through on a daily basis...she has lost over 100 pounds all on her own....no surgeries, no pills, nothing except sheer willpower and willingness to make changes in her everyday choices. I am so in awe of her that it makes me sick that I sit here and feel sorry for myself!!!! How dare I do that??? She has issues that limit her mobility and I can walk freely with the exception of my wound vac, that will be off of me with any luck early next year. ~Indygirl is exceptional, and she has motivated me today to stop feeling sorry for myself, to pick myself up, dust myself off and move forward with life and with weight loss. I've known ~Indygirl for 20+ years now, and we've been through good and bad together. We will conquer this weight loss thing together, too! YOU GO, ~INDYGIRL!!! I am so honored to know you and count you among the best blessings that I've been so mercifully given!!!