Relosing regained weight, surgery, and a plan

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I know I've been MIA lately. In all honesty, I've been depressed about my injury and living in chronic pain, seeing no light at the end of this tunnel. And I've regained 30# of the 80 I lost last year. Sucks. But only I did it. And only I can change it.

My husband and I drove to Seattle Monday afternoon for yet another surgery consult with yet another surgeon. After 3 doctors telling me I'm "inoperable", my hopes were not set high. But we were shocked! She said Yes! Not only does she feel confident in repairing my very large hernia in one long, aggressive surgery, but she feels that the outcome long-term can be a good one. She feels that my "apron" of fat/skin from losing so much weight (about 160# from my highest weight right now) is impacting the hernia repairs. Having that much weight hanging and pulling down on the meshes has compromised them. She doesn't want to repair it for a 5th time without removing this barrier. So..... I'm getting it removed in surgery!

Surgery has been booked out 5 months, for 2 reasons:
1) I currently only have 6 weeks of FMLA left. It renews to 12 weeks in March. I will need about 10 weeks off work for the surgery and recover.

2) I need to lose nearly 50#. Every pound I lose before surgery will improve the outcome.

So.... while I continue in chronic pain, I am again HOPEFUL. Hope is everything. It has changed my outlook, my emotion, and my motivation. I can do this! I've done it once, I can do it again!
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    So glad you found a doctor who would operate on both issues! Did you have the surgery? How did it go?
    2491 days ago
  • DICE80
    Good Luck to you and congratulations on such good news. Hope your pain gets better soon.
    2680 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear that you've been in pain, but so happy to hear you have a plan for success. Wishing you all the best. You've go this!
    2683 days ago
    That is great news! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2686 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
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    2686 days ago
  • AEROGIRL1594
    I hope that this will improve your health! Good luck losing this weight, I know with your health as an obstacle it will be an even more difficult challenge, but I know that you can do it!
    2686 days ago
    Glad you found a surgeon who can help you. It sounds very positive. It gives you a good incentive to work hard before the surgery. You go girl. emoticon
    2686 days ago
    I'm so happy to hear you got some good news from the doctor, that's wonderful! Now you have some fantastic motivation to get that weight off, too!

    Welcome back, hope to see you blogging more often!

    2687 days ago
    Sounds like you have the perfect incentive to keep yourself motivated! Wow, I'm really glad for you being able to find a surgeon that would not only say yes, but say it enthusiastically!
    2687 days ago
  • BEHAPPY0201
    This dsoun like great news - I'm so happy for you!
    2687 days ago
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    emoticon emoticon at finding a surgeon who will be working to help you get more and more healthy! emoticon I am so happy for you! I know that you can do it!! emoticon emoticon
    2687 days ago
  • NHES220
    That is great news! Good for you.

    2687 days ago
    Hey good to see you! Glad things are better :)
    2687 days ago
    Great news that you found a surgeon to help you. Now you have extra motivation to lose weight. You can do this !
    2687 days ago
    I am so happy for you that you found a surgeon who is confident that she can help you, and is also confident that you can do what it takes to help yourself! That's a sure sign that you're in great hands: when they trust you to work with them in partnership to get the best possible result.

    I'm in a similar position (massive abdominal incisional hernia appeared last January, when I was at 240lbs), and my surgeon wants me at 170 for the surgery. It's now scheduled for the end of November, and I'm seeing him in a couple of weeks to discuss removing the "apron" at the same time - so that I can hopefully miss the issues that you've had. I'm allergic to mesh, so he's doing the repair just with stitching (I hope he's good at "needlework"!), and he's been very clear that I have to get to a healthy BMI and stay there for the rest of my life or I'll be at high risk of getting the hernia back.

    You know the pain, too, so I'm sure you'll agree with me that the prospect of eating healthy forever is a pretty easy "sacrifice" to make in order to be able to live without it!

    Strong thoughts to you - I know that you can do what you need to for the best possible result!
    2687 days ago
    You Go Girl!!Great news!!You have come far and are doing a tremendous job with having the pain present.You are inspiring me since I have foot and back pain.I wonder at times why Im doing this journey!I've lost and gained weight several times and I'm just really tired of feeling like a yo-yo.You inspire me to keep going!! emoticon
    2687 days ago
    Wonderful news! I am so happy for you!!!!
    2687 days ago
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    YOU CAN DO THIS! Heck, you've done it before. No, it will not be YOU WILL SUCCEED!
    so good to hear from you. You've been in my prayers.
    2687 days ago

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