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Surgery is scheduled!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I saw the surgeon this afternoon. And after a lot of hemming and hawing about doing the surgery here vs. Seattle, he agreed. BARELY. Apparently he's the best hernia surgeon in town, but he said it's a very complicated and HUGE hernia (he called it a "monster hernia"). However, he was concerned that the university of WA hospital would take too long to get me in and it needs to be done asap. So I'm scheduled for Tuesday at 2:15.

He is a little unsure of what the surgery will all entail until he opens me up and sees. He's considering a "muscle release procedure" so that the muscles will stretch further over the very large hole in my abdominal wall. It will increase my recovery time, but could also make the repair more effective.

I have to admit though... I have the BEST support system possible! My mother in law is coming by train on Sunday. She will stay as long as we need her. (LOVE her!) My parents are also helping out a ton, of course! My husband is doing whatever he can to support my physically and emotionally. My primary concern through all this is that my 4 yr old daughter is taken good care of. If I'm worried about her it will do me no good. And I don't want this to be traumatizing for her. I'll be in the hospital several days, so I know she'll visit me there, but I want it to be when I'm alert and able to hug/smile/talk. Even my friends and co-workers are being great and offering to help in any way possible. Nothing like taking 3-4 weeks off work with almost no notice!

As far as activity... there is none right now. I am hurting, and a lot of activity could make the hernia incarcerate which would turn it into an emergency. We don't want that! I'm taking it pretty easy, doing some light laundry, playing with my daughter, reading, etc.

As for food... well, there isn't much. I'm able to hold down foods/fluids in VERY small amounts. I've probably only kept down about 400 calories today. But it is what it is. This isn't about ideal, long term diet. I'll get back to that in a week or two. This is about getting over this hurdle, healing, and getting back to my goals!

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