Friday morning, I got up bright and early to get ready for my day. I was able to shower and blow dry my hair, but that was it. No food or water. Anyone else NEED water like it is your lifeline when they tell you that you can't have it? That was me Friday morning.
My parents took me to the hospital and I got set up for surgery. I got my IV, met my anesthesiologist, went over my procedure and watched some TV.
I also took some before pictures of my hernia.
You can see my ugly scar from my first surgery, how my belly button came back out and the left side of my abdomen (right from the computer screen) is raised.
My doctor came to check on me and go over the procedure once more. He was to go in through the old scar to remove and fix it, then he was going to repair my hernia by removing the fat and skin that was blocking the area and push my colon back into place. He was to secure my belly button back to become an innie and fix my abs as much as he could. I was all set to go.
Surgery started at 9 am and ended at 11:36 am. My hernia was more complicated than expected and my abs were over 3 INCHES apart from each other. He wanted to make sure he did everything right and made sure he was happy with the results. So my one hour to an hour and a half surgery turned into a two and a half hour surgery. I spent about an hour and a half in recovery and then headed home with a lovely drain and abdominal binder.
I spent the entire weekend laid up on a recliner in our living room. I only got up to go to the bathroom and go to bed. My husband and family were my nurses all weekend. They took care of me and the girls and never complained about it. They are rockstars.
My view Saturday morning
Sunday morning cuddles
Sunday morning breakfast outing (which was rough for me)
Recovery has been rough. I had some gas that traveled into my shoulder after surgery so anytime that I got up, I would have severe pain in my shoulder. Worse than my abdominal pain. Someone would have to massage, with their knuckles, the area until it would stop seizing and then we put one of Walter's balls in the area to stabilize it. I was walking leaned over and very slowly. I had to drain my drain three times daily which meant pulling and squeezing the tubing of the drain down to the bulb to get measurements of how much fluid was in there. I had to keep record of this to make sure it was becoming less and less as the days went on.
Getting into bed each night was the worst. I had to have help laying down and not using my abs. You use your abs for EVERYTHING you do without even realizing it. I slept on my back with lots of painkillers. I wasn't able to get up in the middle of the night to calm my babies. I had to get my husband up every time I had to go to the bathroom to have help getting up and laying back down in bed.
But with each day, it gets better. With my first umbilical hernia, recovery was pretty easy. I even fed the babies in my lap that evening. I still wasn't able to pick them up or do much, but it was way easier than this one. But this one was done right and will have much more favorable results.
Yesterday I went to my doctor's office to get my drain removed and see how recovery was going. It didn't hurt to remove the drain. He just snipped two stitches and pulled it out. He cleaned the area and put a bandage on it. It will heal on its own rather quickly. Then he had me flex my abs and push my stomach out to see how the ab repair was holding up. My abs look great other than massive swelling and my incision looks great too. I don't get my stitches out until next Monday and we will evaluate everything again at that time. I was able to see that I had an innie even with all the swelling.
So thank you everyone for all your positive thoughts and prayers for me. They worked and I am recovering like a champ. I can't wait to see the results in the coming weeks. For now, here is a picture at my doctor's office prior to getting my drain out.
Hope you all had a good weekend!