Yesterday morning, I went in for outpatient surgery.
I had laparoscopic umbilical hernia repair.
I guess after 5 pregnancies and furniture moving and kid-lugging, library bag carrying..(don't get me started!) etc. these things happen.
Not to mention, I was making a conscious, pointed effort to lose some baby weight and probably made things worse. I've read that with the muscle separation caused by especially multiple pregnancies, ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diastasis_recti, )
some exercises actually are harmful rather than helpful.
I was prepared to feel sore.
I was NOT prepared to feel THIS sore.
Every little movement, twist..ouch!
I have two incisions on the side of my abdomen where the instruments go in and a bandage over my belly button. The surgeon pumps the belly full of gas to distend it to see what is going on in there with a little camera. It is pretty interesting and amazing what can be medically done.
The doctor assured me in the office, it was no big deal.
The nurse however, out of the doc's presence, made it clear that most people find it very painful.
It was kind of amusing, the anesthesiologist at the hospital asked if I had ever had any surgeries before. I have only had 2--wisdom teeth out (does that even count?) and a D&C. She proceeds to tell me that the d&c was no big deal compared to this! Thanks for the reassurance, lady!
I'm sure that I will be glad that I had it done.
Just not right now.
I was hoping to be at least up on the couch by today.
I have a follow up visit in 10 days. The mesh should be fully incorporated in 6 weeks.
The doctor said by 3 days, I should be back to fairly normal. Then again, he also said it wouldn't hurt much. Most of what I've been reading on the internet, says 2 weeks is an average, complete- back-to-routine recovery time (minus the heavy lifting).
Time will tell.
I'm thankful for a wonderful, capable husband.
The kids have been great.
They are pretty much just staying out of the room. Peeking in occasionally to say hi.
Jared was fantastic yesterday. Today, he is having a rougher time..he just wants to be held and doesn't understand, poor baby.
Ah, this too shall pass.
At least I have a nice supply of library books to dig through.
I already got two loads of laundry done and dishes cleaned up.
Laundry in the living room is folded.
Don't mind the million books littering the floor or the little people house and characters or the school work covering the table--
I have 4 outside playing in the snow and 1 napping.
Crazy, I know!
Jared has been very cranky and now has a runny nose, so that coupled with the consistent snow falling all morning..we decided to stay home from dance today.
I have only heard the plow go by once and the-oh-so-reliable social media I check from time to time, tells me that though the highways are clear, the back roads are a mess and this is probably the slipperiest..is that a word??.. snowfall yet.
It sure is pretty though.
We got our Bible, Science, Writing, and Read Aloud done this morning, along with Rian's work and we are now taking a break from our regularly scheduled day.
After the kids come in and have some hot chocolate and a snack, we'll finish up with Math, History, Spelling and a different read-aloud.
I had a grand idea to do some kind of series for the month of February. However, it is already the 3rd. This past weekend was pretty full.
I went bridal party dress shopping.
This time around, the bride allowed us to choose whatever dress we wanted, but within color and style parameters. I THOUGHT that would be so easy and nice for a change..but turned out to be a lot more work. Certain dresses only come in one color or the other color, couldn't be the same neckline blah blah blah. We finally did decide on dresses. Several hours later.
Then, so glad to be done, I guess I wasn't paying enough attention and backed into a construction cone wrapped around a cement sign..lovely. Really, I did NOT see it in any of my mirrors. A little bit of damage, not too major. There were no other parking spots in the lot, so I made a mental note to be careful when we left..but after the whole ordeal that is called dress shopping, my mental note did not kick in.
Coulda been worse.
Anyway, so by the time I got home that night, I was in no mood to start blogging.
Baths and dinner and clean-up all took priority.
So, readers--would you like to still see a series?