Over a month ago I attended an unusual appointment. It was unusual because it was an appointment for me. I rarely attend appointments for myself, usually they are for one of the kids. However, this one was with a surgeon to discuss the hideous hernia I carry around with me on a daily basis.
My problems all started soon after Anwen’s emergency caesarean delivery last May. Initially, I thought I was healing well but within the first 6 weeks post-partum, I noticed that I had an unusual swelling in my lower abdomen. It was right below my belly button in the area I was advised to inject the Fragmin into. I had hideous bruises all over my stomach and when I attended an appointment with the Nurse at my GP practice she advised that it was a large haematoma. (I wasn’t convinced.) I took her advice and monitored the size and shape.
For two months, I felt the “haematoma” grow, even after I’d stopped injecting myself with Fragmin. Eventually, I was able to get an appointment with my favourite Doctor at the practice. (I fought hard to even speak to her.) I practically broke down into a sobbing heap when she asked me what was wrong.
I was so immensely paranoid by this point that it was something completely and utterly terrible, I couldn’t help my emotions. Within 5 minutes, she had put my mind at ease. It wasn’t great news, I mean, I had a hernia, but it wasn’t some sort of tumour or anything more life-threatening.
Fast-forward to my appointment with the surgeon and he confirmed that I do indeed have a “large hernia”. It needs repairing. But, we have a bit of a goal to achieve first.
I’m looking at as soon as September for the surgery. It’s not going to be a small procedure. Due to the size it’s going to be open surgery and a 2.5 hour operation. They’ll use a mesh similar to what mountain climbers use, it can support up to a tonne in weight BUT if my muscles aren’t up to the job then it’s pretty much useless.
So, the next 6 months for me involves Weight Loss, exercise and a journey to improve myself and my health. The recovery time will depend on me, it’ll be as hard or as easy as my preparation makes it.