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Update... and perhaps a little TMI

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I haven't blogged for a while. Mostly because I have been very preoccupied with my health and just getting by.

As I've noted in a few status updates, my surgery was canceled due to an insurance authorization oops. I worked with the local surgeon's office to be tentatively scheduled for next week. Then I was reaching into a closet for something and felt a sharp pain in my abdomen. This resulted in ongoing and worsening pain that led to the ER. My hernia had torn even further. The local surgeon called my primary care provider and explained that while his ego wanted to tackle my hernia repair, he felt that he was "out of his depth", and needed to refer me to the University of Washington medical center. I had a CT scan on Friday, and images were also forwarded to UW.

My primary doctor called Friday afternoon with the CT scan results. Basically, my ventral hernia is huge... "about the size of a volleyball". Portions of small intestine, large intestine, and liver have herniated through the hole. However, there is no obstruction and blood flow is not at all compromised. It all boils down to this: I have a huge hole in my abdominal wall that needs to be surgically repaired. I continue to be in significant pain and am relying pretty heavily on medication.

And I am exhausted. Physically, mentally, emotionally. I spend most of my days sitting or laying down, doing very little physically in the hopes that the muscle doesn't tear any further. I don't have the mental energy to measure my foods and pre-plan what I'm eating. I'm trying to eat healthy options, but I'm relying on others to prepare my meals.

Since tomorrow is a holiday, I have to wait until Tuesday to hear from the specialist's office at UW. I am praying for a consultation appointment next week. This involves a 4 hours drive each way for us, as we live in South-Eastern Washington. But I will be there anytime they can see me. I HAVE to move on this. Waiting in pain can not continue to be my life. Besides, I started my FMLA leave from work on 2/6/13, and I only have 12 weeks of job protection.

HOWEVER.... I am surrounded by family and friends who are caring for me. I have a church family praying for me. I have a God who already knows the outcome of all of this. This too shall pass. I thank you for all the positive and loving thoughts, prayers, messages, etc that have been sent. I sincerely appreciate it!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHEP231 5/9/2013 6:10AM

  Thinking of you and wishing you well.

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KLMEIRING 2/22/2013 11:06PM

    Thanks for sharing what is happening. emoticon

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ROSIEPD 2/21/2013 9:46AM

    I hope things have progressed to take care of this surgery since this post, and that you are on the road to healing.

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JRM54100 2/19/2013 6:48AM

    Take it one day at a time and take care of yourself.

Everything else will get better in time.

Don't get frustrated.



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BLUEANGELLK 2/18/2013 9:03PM

    Praying for a speedy and perfect correction!!! Hang in there!

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SPARKLISE 2/18/2013 7:49PM

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LOLABLACK69 2/18/2013 2:05AM

    You're in my thoughts as well... Hope you'll really get well soon! emoticon emoticon

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WACFIT 2/18/2013 1:43AM

    Praying God's best for you. Take care.

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CARRAND 2/17/2013 8:32PM

    I'm so sorry for all that you are going through. I hope you can get your surgery done soon and successfully.

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RUNNING-TURTLE 2/17/2013 7:39PM

    Sorry to hear the surgery got cancelled. Hoping everything gets taken care of for you. Praying for you.

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SUGAR0814 2/17/2013 7:18PM

    I can't imagine the pain you are in. I'm praying for a quick recovery once you get your surgery.

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KING_SLAYER 2/17/2013 7:07PM

    Praying for a speedy access to surgery and a fast recovery. Best of luck to you! South Eastern Wa? Do you live in the Tri- cities area? I have a friend in that area and one in Spokane.

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AMYPLEGER62 2/17/2013 6:41PM

    You have been through so much! My heart and prayers are with you. emoticon

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OBIESMOM2 2/17/2013 5:20PM

    Sending you GENTLE hugs & lots of prayers

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2BFREE2LIVE 2/17/2013 5:10PM

    Keeping you in my prayers. I sure hope they hurry so you can be out of pain.
Hugs, Sandy

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GOODLOOKIN69 2/17/2013 4:55PM

    At this point you need to focus on staying as safe and healthy as you can. Measuring and tracking and all that can wait!!! I am sending good thoughts your way and hope that you stay positive. emoticon emoticon

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SEATTLE58ANEW 2/17/2013 4:53PM

    I feel so sorry for you, my dear! Hopefully you'll get through this trouble of yours and you'll be on toward a good, healthy life.

Lots of emoticon to you,

Karen emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 2/17/2013 4:16PM

    Hang in there. Glad to hear that you have your family helping you out. I will be thinking of you and hope everything goes okay.

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INAFFIT319 2/17/2013 3:56PM

    I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully this waiting game ends for you soon so that you can return to life as usual.


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