Thursday, January 11, 2018

ANSWERS!!!

Finally some answers!
If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I have been having pains in my mid-section on and off for months.  My Doctor's have been relentless in running tests and trying to figure out this pain.  Good news was no cancer or masses.  I do have a hiatial hernia and so was referred to a surgeon.
random photos just because

The surgeon said my hiatial hernia which causes reflux and is controlled with medication was not causing my pain.  BUT...I have a Supraumbillical Ventral Hernia. What?? This is a hernia that is right in my midsection above my belly button.  When it pokes through it presses on the intestines and can (and does) cause great pain!  So the solution is surgery.

While not thrilled that I must have surgery I am so hopeful this will stop the pain I'm looking forward to it.
It will be done out patient at the hospital.  I go for pre-op tomorrow.
I was curious what might have caused this and discovered that my laparoscopic gallbladder surgery which included an incision in my belly button might have weakened the area.  Then last Dec/Jan/Feb I had the cold and flu to end all colds and flu. It included coughing that just took forever to get better.  That was most likely a contributing factor in the weakness of that area along with too much belly fat (just keeping it real here).

I am scheduled for surgery on Jan 19th.  Sara will be with me and take care of me Friday and over the weekend if needed.  It's outpatient surgery so how bad can it be ... right??

I've been missing the Grands as they have had some colds and I can't get sick so I haven't seen them in a few weeks!

They are both well now so hopefully this weekend I can get some Grandma love! 

In other news, my Mom had cataract surgery yesterday on her left eye.  It went well and now we are on the eye drop regime.  Good thing I live next door as it is 4 times a day the first week and no way could Mom get them in her own eye.  We are hoping for good results and will schedule the right eye in the future after we are both healed up!

Thank you all so much for your concern, prayers and well wishes during this last six months.  I'm so thankful for all of you.
If you would keep me in your thoughts and prayers on Friday Jan 19th I would be so grateful.

Wishing you all Good Health!

Linda

34 comments:

Cheapchick said...

So glad you finally are getting some relief! Hope things go well with the surgery. My Mom has to have cateract surgery in both eyes, it keeps getting set back (no paying for it in Canada so you have to wait for when the Drs are available) but hopefully it will get done this summer. I only live a block away so will be able to help her out too.

Pondside said...

Linda, I am so glad to have read your post this morning because of course I will pray for you.....and your surgeon!

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

I haven't seen you in forever, but so glad I stumbled across you today. I marked my calendar to pray for you on the 19th - I am so thankful the docs finally figured out what it is. You've got a lot going on with your mom and your own health, so I'll go ahead and pray for you daily. Hugs, Mary

oldgreymareprimitives said...

In my prayers my dear. We both are sure on a merry go round lately. Let's hope Spring brings us both good health. After another 4 hours in urgent care yesterday I was told to stay away from all public places and everyone who does not live with me. HA! that leaves me. If you see the kiddos? Wear a mask and cleanse often. Until this deadly flu season is over. Our town is overwhelmed . Urgent care was a 4-5 hour wait yesterday and many hospitals were on divert.

Be a good patient, and take care of you. Lots of prayers are headed your way <3

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

I am SO glad you finally know what's going on! My husband has had two hernia surgeries and both went very well. My guess is that once you're healed you'll never look back. It will be a piece of cake compared to hurting and not knowing why!

BTW, I made sure to stuff that Steiff tiger with special healing powers before I mailed him!

Chatty Crone said...

Is your surgery called a Nissen fundoplication - Wikipedia? Is it a wrap? Done Laparoscopy?
I am glad they found out and man you are really loving a long.
Of course I will pray - have it down on my calendar too.

sandie

Shara said...

Thank goodness they figured it out and you will be getting relief soon. Surgery is a nerve-wracking thing. I'll be thinking of you! I have had the gall bladder surgery done that way too and plenty of coughing lately and belly fat. (SIGH) Thanks for the heads up to watch for signs.

Rose L said...

I think my grandmother may have had that problem. She had it protruding a bit at her belly and had pain, so she would tape tightly around her waist a big silver dollar! She refused surgery.
She would also wear 2 girdles, which I am sure was not a good idea!
I hope your surgery goes easy and well and you will be back into life and free of pain soon!

mary scott said...

Will be keeping you in my thoughts. Happy to hear it is what it is & can be relieved by a procedure done in out-patient surgery. It's so scary to not know what's causing pain. Your mind goes to the worst case scenario. May this be a great beginning to a wonderful 2018 for you & your family.

Vonlipi said...

I am so glad to hear you finally have answers!

Medical mysteries are really stressful! is it in your head, will the doctors believe you? Will the test find something?


I am glad your Mom's surgery went well too. Take care of each other!

Hugs to both of you

Valerie x

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

You are in my prayers Linda now and until you are all better. I am happy for you that the problem was discovered and that it is out patient surgery. Hugs, love and prayers dear one and for your Mom too.
Joy

Art and Sand said...

I am so sorry that you have to have surgery, but I'm glad that you will get help. Hang in there until the 19th.

Rebecca said...

Thankful Drs. have been able to pinpoint the source of your pain and discomfort. I'll look forward to hearing of the sugery's success. You must be relieved.

Cheri said...

Sorry to hear that you have to have surgery but at the same time it is nice to get some answers. I will be praying all goes well and that recovery is swift. Big Hugs.

Jeanie said...

I send you speedy recovery wishes in advance and offer thanks and great relief that this is a problem that can be addressed with the surgery. I'm sure recovery will be no fun for a bit but it sure beats the alternative or some of the possibilities. It was interesting to hear the gall bladder surgery connection and I will keep that in mind should I have a similar batch of symptoms.

Hang in there, my friend! You're on the way to one hundred percent!

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Of course prayers and positive thoughts of healing are being sent to you. So glad they got to the bottom of your pain. Nothing worse than constant pain. Sorry that surgery was the cure, but with health we sometimes don't have a choice.

Heal quickly and feel well my friend! ((hugs)), Pam

Mereknits said...

Prayers are being sent to you already Linda. Glad you found out the cause and it really all makes sense when you put it in order the way you did. Hope you get a nice grands visit this weekend and good luck to your mom as she recovers.

Melanie said...

While I'm not happy to hear you have to have surgery, I AM glad that you finally got a definitive answer - and it's something that can be fixed! Will they be able to fix the hiatal hernia at the same time? My prayers will be with you on the 19th. xoxo

Linda said...

Praise God for medical answers! I will pray for you on the 19th as well as for my daughter, Summer. She is having a mylelogram that day hoping to at long last - after over 18 months! - get a firm diagnosis to her health and pain issues!
Thank you for your recent visits with me! I discovered that I already follow you and plan to visit regularly!

Jojo said...

You will be in my thoughts and prayers, especially on the 19th.

Nancy Blue Moon said...

I will be thinking of you Linda and hoping that everything goes well...in surgery and at home recovering...hugs

Donna Wilkes said...

Hugs, love and prayers. So happy to hear a verdict on your condition. And, Dear Linda, there had better be a large piece of cake in our future!

Ellen Ross | Ask Away Blog said...

Glad you found out what it is. Good luck!!

Susan said...

Oh Linda. I am so glad there is a final diagnosis and that it is something that will be taken care of. That was great news. I will certainly keep you in my prayers this coming Friday. Linda, those photos of the grands are darling. They are sooooo precious. Susan

Jann Olson said...

Linda, I enjoyed your photos so much! I am glad that they finally figured out what the pain was from. Wishing you the best with your surgery. I will keep you in my prayers!
hugs,
Jann

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I am so glad they found the problem! I hope you will feel much better soon!
Glad your mom is doing well with her surgery and that you can help her!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Good luck with your surgery.

Brenda Pruitt said...

I'm behind on reading blogs and didn't know about your surgery. I hope it all goes very well and you're no longer in pain!
Brenda

Connie in Hartwood said...

It's awesome that you now have an answer for the source of your pain. I will be thinking of you tomorrow. Please let us know, here or on IG, how things go.

Simple and serene living Laura Walker said...

I had an umbilical hernia removed when I had my gall bladder surgery. Wishing you a swift recovery, my friend. xo Laura

gadawn57 said...

I remembered that today is the day of your hernia surgery! Wishing you a swift recovery and hope everything goes well. And my goodness your grands are looking so 'grown up' and sweet as can be!!! Love the latest pics on your blogsite. Be well!!

bj said...

I am just learning of your surgery...hoping all went well. Mr. Sweet had this same thing, had surgery and did so well. Hoping you do, too. Hugs....

Deanies Stash said...

By the time I read this, you have already had your surgery. Prayers and hugs for quick healing and that all pain will be gone!

xo Dianne

Terra said...

I had never heard of that type of hernia before. I have a hiatal hernia as you mentioned you do. I read your more recent post so I know you had the surgery done and are recovering at home.