Rumors of my demise were greatly exaggerated! I have been absent from writing because I had to have an urgent surgery done before it turned into emergent. After struggling with abdominal pain for a week, I was finally directed to the emergency room. Matthew was at work and Bean was getting ready to leave for her mission trip. I called a dear friend and she was able to drive me to the ER and stay with me all day until Matthew could come to the hospital. She made me laugh and kept me going all day. I finally had a CT scan done that showed that I had two hernias and one of them was what they call incarcerated. It had loops of bowel entrapped within it. That is what was causing the pain and what needed to be addressed urgently. The incarcerated hernias can quickly become strangulated and they can kill off your intestines quickly. Within 6 hours your bowel can be gangrenous and kill you!
I was blessed in every direction by good caretakers, a surgeon who told me he was damn good at what he does and that I would be in good hands. He is a bariatric surgeon, unafraid of going in on top of someone elses work. He did the surgery laproscopically, inserted mesh to reinforce my old surgery incision, and repaired both hernias. I have eight holes from the surgery. Thankfully the pain continues to improve each day and even more thankfully, I get to take a shower today. I am feeling more than just a little dirty!!
Matthew washed my hair for me on Wednesday morning and it was such a relief to have it clean. I will be happy to have my entire body clean!! My brain is ultra foggy and so I haven’t really trusted myself to write until today and I had to keep it all very basic! It may be a few more days before I blog again, but no worries, I am still here!!