A Gift to Me.

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2018-07-08 12:01:34 -0500
Started 2018-06-11 19:33:01 -0500

Well, today it's final. Surgery to repair my hernias and a panniculectomy a week from Tuesday. My surgeon of record was deployed earlier this year and I ended up waiting for another surgeon coming off deployment. He specializes in difficult hernia repairs and the panni was his idea. I wasn't even going to ask this time as I'd about given up on that ever happening and then he dropped this in my lap. Wow.
Today I saw the plastic surgeon who will be doing that part. I was apprehensive about seeing her because she's the Dr I saw 2 years ago that turned me down. I'm kind of excited about this. I can't even imagine what it will be like to not have to haul that around all summer, but I'm going to find out. I've been told it will be a 6 hour procedure, but I'm really positive about it. I'm healthy now and ready for this.

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suecsdy 2018-07-08 11:58:21 -0500 Report

I'm close to 3 weeks out from surgery. I'm feeling good, but tired, which is normal. It doesn't take much to wear me out, but I'm moving well. My feet and legs are normal for the first time in weeks. Had a little help from the compression socks there. Down to just Celebrex for pain, and some Tylenol. FYI, oxycodone causes constipation. Wow! I have a new shape (and no bellybutton). Still dealing with some nausea, but they gave me meds for that too. Not much appetite (this is a good thing, mostly) but I'm craving some seafood. I need to really concentrate on staying hydrated as we're having a very hot summer this year.

suecsdy 2018-06-24 18:24:49 -0500 Report

I am back. Tell me why I thought this was a good idea. Didn't remember recovery after last time. I remember this time. Never again.. That said, I'm a little better every day. Still have tubes and a wound vac and pain. Trying to manage the pain. Came off the pump early because it caused problems with blood pressure, but blood sugar levels are very good. No idea how much weight they took but Drs are pleased. I'm moving better everyday though still with a little aid. A lot of aid. Oxy, Tylenol and celebrex and a binder I will be wearing for another month. That's all for now. Talk later

Suzy24 2018-06-18 20:59:47 -0500 Report

Good luck tomorrow and wishing you a speedy recovery! Please give an update when you can - take it easy, don't stress. Will be sending positive thoughts your way:)

my.new.journey.77 2018-06-18 11:51:54 -0500 Report

Hi everyone I testimony to tell. On March 9, 2018, I had a Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting surgery (CABBAGE) done Because I had three blockages in the attires in my heart. It turns out that without my knowledge I've been walking around with only blocked attire in my heart for some time. I have to say that I'm genuinely thankful that I am alive today because I could have died at any given moment. God gave me grace three times because of 1. I could have died before having the CABBAGE surgery done. 2 I made it through the CABBAGE surgery and three there were complications with my breathing during the recovery time. My body wasn't responding the to the medication to wake me up so instead of having the breathing tube in for a couple of hours I wasn't taken out until Saturday, March 10, 2018, @ 5:30 am
On March my a1c was at 12, but now two months later my AC is currently at 7.3, and My blood Pressure is far lower, My Colestral has also dropped as well, and the best part is before the surgery I was about 258 - 260, but I am now 226-230 and going strong. I believe in my heart that I will overcome Diabetes and win.

msann 2018-06-12 10:15:13 -0500 Report

wow where is your hernia at and what is panniculectomy never heard of it i have hiatal hernia

suecsdy 2018-06-12 12:31:08 -0500 Report

I have a spigelian hernia on the lower left and one hernia that was repaired at the last surgery but has slipped outside the mesh. A panniculectomy is when they remove the excess skin from when you have lost a lot of weight. I am so ready for this.

msann 2018-06-12 14:04:08 -0500 Report

o my goodness i have lost 180 pounds how much did you lose good luck with your surgery praying for you

suecsdy 2018-06-14 08:54:11 -0500 Report

I didn't lose nearly as much. I think my top weight was probably in the neighborhood of 260, which on a short body like mine…well there aren't a lot of places to put it. So I've lost about 60 lbs, but I didn't lose the extra skin. It's very uncomfortable, especially in the summer. I tried to lose this weight before I went on Medicare but couldn't make anything happen.. Gym, diet, nothing worked. Earlier this year, I gave up. Told myself it would never happen and tried to move on. Having it done in conjunction with the hernia repair is about the only way that Medicare will cover it. I'm curious to see what happens in regards to the diabetes and kidneys disease afterwards. He estimated that I might lose as much as 20 lbs with this surgery. And of course, there will be no more hernias (hopefully) after this. 5 days and counting.