Surgery 2/6/12

squog master
By squog master Latest Reply 2012-02-05 21:56:40 -0600
Started 2012-01-10 17:41:02 -0600

As many of you know I went thru emergency hernia surgery back in July 2009. The surgeon closed me with staples. But because of my bulk then my wound ended up spreading open & became infected. Due to the prednisone for RA I am a slow healer. I spent 8 months in a rehab center on a wound vacuum. From what my surgeon tells me it is normal for the wound vac to leave "air pockets". In the Summer of 2010 these air pockets abcessed & broke open. He told me then "eventually" he would have to go back in to close them up. My surgeon had also told me in March 2010 that I had another hernia but since there was no problem with it we should just let it be. This hernia is very close to the air pockets. We talked about the surgery for the air pockets a year ago but we waited for a number of reasons. The original wound hadn't closed yet, I was having problems with my RA so I was also on more prednisone at that time than he wanted me to be, & he wanted me to be stronger healthwise.

Well "eventually" has arrived. I went to my surgeon today. He is scheduling my surgery for Mon Feb 6th. During the surgery he is going to close those "air pockets" left by the wound vac. While he's in there my surgeon said he would also fix the other hernia. He said since he is going to be in there anyway he may as well fix the other hernia now rather than wait for it to get worse. When he closes me up my surgeon said he would NOT use staples this time. He will close me with stitches instead. He also said he would close the original wound that is still weeping so it will stop since it hasn't stopped on it's own.

I will be in the hospital for 3-4 days. He said with the surgery scheduled for a Monday I should be home by the weekend. Recouperation time should be 4-6 weeks.

I went to my Cardiologist for my 6 month check-up on Monday. He said everything was OK & he is clearing me for the surgery. I think that covers everything.

Please keep me in your prayers that I stay healthy til the surgery so nothing puts it off & that everything goes well when I do have the surgery.

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squog master
squog master 2012-02-05 01:32:39 -0600 Report

Well, it's just over 27 hrs til I'm due at the hosp for surgery. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for all your support.

pixsidust 2012-01-10 19:33:24 -0600 Report

Bo You have been suffering!

I pray for healing to Bo
Lord let his tissues mend and knit
Let no infection take hold
Let nothing stand in the way of this surgery
I pray for Bo to maintain a diabetic meal plan
and to lose this bulk that is hurting him
Protect him
Guide the surgeon to be skillful and wise.
Give Bo courage and strength
Be with his family
Provide for their finances
and bless him father…bless him

Let us know.
I will be praying for you on that date and days following
wishing you to heal, be pain free and happy

squog master
squog master 2012-01-10 21:47:49 -0600 Report

Thank you pixsidust! I lost a lot of weight in the rehab center. So my bulk isn't as much as it was in 2009. But I'm still working on losing more weight. I've been at a bit of a stand still for awhile cause of the higher doses of pred but now that I'm back to 5mgs I've started to lose weight again. My RA doc is going to start me on biologicals in March to get me off the prednisone completely & that will help me lose more weight & speed up the bone rebuilding process. The prednisone also has cause Osteoporosis. Which resulted in a fracture inside my pelvis ilast April. Which is another reason my surgeon put off the surgery til now. The fracture is healing slowly but once I'm off the prednisone that healing will go quicker also.

pixsidust 2012-01-10 23:01:29 -0600 Report

Prednisone is a killer on our weight! Your trials sound so hard and numerous! My prayers are with you and your family. These things don't just happen to us but to all who love us. Let us know everything so we can stand with you. I joined 2/16/11 or maybe it was the 18th after my diagnoses on the 16th.

I had one experience with prednisone and it was not fun. I had ulcerative colitis with my entire intestine bleeding. I am full of scar tissue. I was a lot younger then and skinny. I have to laugh because I asked the Doctor what was wrong with me. I was on a liquid diet for a month, on predisone and putting on weight. I told him I am up to 125 lbs and I just don't get it! I am 5ft 5in. I wish I was close to that now!

squog master
squog master 2012-01-11 20:31:07 -0600 Report

When the surgeon was fixing the 1st hernia he saw a weird color liquid. He investgated further & found 2 ulcers the size of 50 cent pieces. The were leaking out the back of my upper intestine & I never new. I had no pain & no bleeding thru my intestines cause they were leaking out the back. He fixed those too. But now I have to take omeprazole eveyday. I'm so glad I'll be getting off that stuff.

pixsidust 2012-01-13 19:23:50 -0600 Report

Keep us updated on your progress and trials. We really care! I am glad you are getting off that stuff too

jayabee52 2012-01-10 17:48:27 -0600 Report

I have added you to my list of prayers, O master of Squogs!

squog master
squog master 2012-01-10 18:14:52 -0600 Report

Thank you James. I have one more batch of Squogs to make for this holiday season. My family who lives in central PA is coming for "Christmas Brunch" this Saturday. Seems like it may become a new tradition to have my Christmas Brunch on MLK weekend. It started last year when I was going to have it on the 26th since it as a Sunday but then we had a big snowstorm & postponed it til then. One of these days when I get a camera I'll take pix of the squogs & post them in my pix.

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