Monday, August 27, 2007
I've recently found out that I have a hernia. It appears to be the result of an old gastroplasty (stomach-stapling) which I had done 15 or so years ago. Although it isn't causing any pain right now, it jumps up out of my belly whenever I do exercises to strengthen my core...so I have stopped those exercises...for now.
I will probably go ahead with the surgery within the next month but am VERY worried over the interruption in my regimen. Even one day off the treadmill causes me to struggle so to push myself onto the treadmill the next day...how am I going to manage TWO WEEKS or so off the 'mill!?!?
Any tips, ideas, commiseration greatly appreciated....!
There is no question in my mind that I WILL move forward with the surgery. It will most likely be laparoscopic, however I was warned that hernia surgeries beginning laparoscopically can sometimes turn into the old fashioned slice-and-dice variety depending on what they find when they start rooting around in there.
I'm thinking that my anxieties are strong enough that there is no way...especially after making this all so PUBLIC :-) ... that I will allow myself to drop the ball as a result of the surgery.
After dropping all this weight, now wearing 48 pants for the first time in decades...there just is NO turning back for me now.
Failure truly ISN'T an option!
Looks like this has been much ado for naught, at least for now.
The doctor feels that surgery will go much more smoothly and more successfully if we wait on surgery until I arrive at my goal weight...especially since my hernia isn't bothering me at this point. Of course all of this could change if my hernia begins to cause problems, in which he would be more than willing to move full steam ahead.
In any case, all my strategizing will be useful when the time arrives for surgery. I appreciate everyone's help and support!