There are so many things the to remember when big life events happen. Go ahead and put surgery into that category. If you think the bills that roll in from each vendor at a wedding are going to be the biggest project of your life, or the mounds of paper work with little arrows that say ‘initial here’ ‘sign here’ ‘date here’ when you go to close on your first house will be the pinnacle of paperwork, think again because truth is surgery paperwork is daunting as any you will ever experience.
So here’s a little list of things you will want on hand, go ahead and put them in a file folder or a manilla envelope.
Income. Your income. Your weekly or monthly check stubs. Your w-2s joint or not.
Your monthly bills. All of them. From the minutia of your auto deducted netflix to the mortgage that you previously thought was the most paper work you had ever seen.
Your current insurance card.
Your legal identification card- passport, driver’s licenses etc.
The servitude papers for your firstborn. (That was a joke.)
The sick leave policy and paperwork from you job.
A list of all your medicines, vitamins, and supplements.
Consent and legal forms.
Living will and health care proxies.
Durable power of attorney.
This is not a comprehensive list but it will get you started.
So I promised personal weird and ugly but I seriously like to throw in some real life practical advice first. I don’t know why, that kinda goes against the mantra, ‘If it bleeds it leads…’
So my original 20-30 years old stomach just looked pretty much like any old other run of the mill tummy that had pushed out three kids. In fact besides a few few pounds up and down it wasn’t until the 40’s that things became a mess. I have been asked on more than one occasion or more than 17 occasions when I was due. Can I just ask that we stop that. Pregnant women usually want to share there their joy. Let them. You do not have to instigate the conversation.
Clothes were not fitting me properly. I was having to jump up 2-4 (or maybe 6-8) sizes to accommodate my belly and the the shoulders and armholes and boob room were way too big. My tummy was lopsided, girdles helped but not always and sometimes the comfort level wasn’t worth the effort.
So if I saw me on the street and didn’t know about the hernia, and was gonna throw some big ol marinating judgement shade, I would seriously think that poor girl (me) needed, liposuction, gastric bypass and months of eating therapy and maybe a trip to the Biggest Top Loser. Happily I am not a super shade throwing judgemental bitch for the the most part, especially if i I don’t know you. But you get the idea, I might’ve just felt a little sorry for me.
So you’ve seen some before surgery, full blown hernia photos, now I have a few from the first 7 days or so, I’ll try to explain what is going on and what gross fluid filled tubes are for. Some people have had their share of the operating experience but if you are new to health problems then sometimes you get lost in the shuffle.
Now a little more information about thing one and thing two is that thing one one was putting out about twice as much fluid as thing two. So when I went the my first follow up appointment (Wednesday February 22 to Thursday March 2, 8 days later) the nice people took away thing 2. The removal must hurt some people because it seemed to be a big worry but I didn’t feel a thing.
One thing I was NOT looking forward were stitches or staples or a line slicing open my body from sternum to pubic bone for the the third time.
But we don’t always get what we want. This photo over there looks all nice and straight but here’s one that doesn’t.
Also today was the absolute worst I have felt since surgery morning. I Googled it and 48 hours seems to be bad, 3 days post op and 7 days. My worst day so far has been 8 days, so I guess it depends on the person.
- Surgery post #1: Ventral Hernia Repair with Abdominal Wall Reconstruction
- Surgery #3: more post-op