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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!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LUVTOBOWL 2/7/2013 9:01PM

    Glad you have your surgery scheduled and it's soon. I'll be praying for you. Thank God for a good support system, there's nothing like people who love and care for you to be there for you in your time of need. I know your daughter will be in good hands and well taken care of, so don't you worry, just be ready to rest and heal.


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KING_SLAYER 2/7/2013 6:55PM

    Glad to hear that you are already scheduled to go in, and soon too! Best of luck to you and to the surgeon, may everything work out better then anticipated!

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MARIANNE9855 2/7/2013 3:36PM

    So happy there is an end in sight for you. Your daughter will be fine especially with all the support around for her and then you will have some extra time together when you are home recovering. emoticon

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SUGAR0814 2/7/2013 11:02AM

    emoticon Keeping you in my prayers!

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GOODLOOKIN69 2/7/2013 9:44AM

    It sounds like you are going into this positively and that always makes for a better recovery. You have great support and seem like a strong person. I'll be thinking of you and wishing you all the best and a speedy recovery. Good luck!! Best wishes to your family as they go through this with you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IROCK40 2/7/2013 9:26AM

    Look at how well prepared you are! Rest and take good care our yourself. emoticon

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RUNNING-TURTLE 2/7/2013 8:16AM

    We will be thinking of you.

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LOLABLACK69 2/7/2013 1:22AM

    Don't think I'm crazy for pushing "I liked this" button - my point was that I admire your positive thinking through all of this.
I wish you all well, and a very quick recovery! emoticon emoticon

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SHRINKING_SARA 2/6/2013 11:20PM

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SEATTLE58ANEW 2/6/2013 11:07PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon in a BIG way with lots of emoticon for you too! Here's wishing you the very best with your surgery and recovery too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 2/6/2013 10:55PM

    emoticon Well wishes coming your way!

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COXBETH 2/6/2013 10:21PM

    I'm so so so so glad you have such a strong support network! It's going to be awesome to get past this hurdle. Keep the end in mind when the going gets tough!!

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/6/2013 9:53PM

    Sending hugs and prayers to you and the family.
Give that little one a big Hug from me. You will be fine and you know that your daughter will be well taken care of and with that not to worry about just assure her that when you get home you will be an even healthier mommy to have as a play mate. emoticon

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CARRAND 2/6/2013 9:07PM

    You will be in my thoughts.

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ROSIEPD 2/6/2013 9:02PM

    Wow! You, your medical team and your family will definitely be in our prayers. I hope this takes care of it all finally!

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