Today is the day… Bye, bye hernia. Hello “no exercise for several weeks.”
In response to your questions and for those of you who may have missed my brief mentions, here’s the low down…
In early December I had a little belly ache that developed into a little belly pain that eventually went away after a few days. But before it was gone, there was a little suspicious and sore lump above my not so little belly button. My internist suspected that Dr. Internet and I were probably correct in our diagnosis that I had an umbilical hernia. Last week a surgeon confirmed that I do, indeed, have a little hernia. (Yes, “little” was his word, not mine.)
How’d I get it, you ask? I don’t know. Seems to me that they are often preceded by some sort of strain or heavy lifting and that was not the case with mine that I can tell. And the vast majority are in infants, which, while I might sometimes act immaturely and childishly, is obviously also not the case:) Ironically, obesity is also a potential cause, but, despite all my years of weight struggles, I have never been in that category.
But, have it I do. And repair it I must.
So today I am having outpatient surgery. The surgeon thinks it will take all of 10 minutes for the cutting and repairing part. He’s very low key about it all and I am trying to be as well. Yes, I am a little nervous. Yes, I have imagined every worst case scenario. But, mostly, I am just ready to get it over with and move on.
Now, for the part that bothers me most about this whole thing… not the potential complications or the likely pain after surgery or the potential ugly scar on what is already my least favorite body part, but… not being able to do any exercise at all for the coming weeks. The long recovery period.
It has already been close to a month since I have done any core work on the advice of my internist. I feel my ab muscles atrophying and my waist expanding even as I type!
It took me years, and I do mean years, to build up to a fairly consistent exercise routine. (You can read about my life and times as a non-athlete here.) And, last year I had a setback when I broke a bone and went through months of healing and physical therapy. I was not back to full strength when, boom, the hernia hits! So, I admit I am a bit discouraged. But such is life. And it could be much worse. And all that positive crap.
I am going to be smart about this. I am going to do as the doctor orders and lay off exercise entirely for as long as I am instructed to do so and then gradually I will start back up. I suspect I will be frustrated with the slow progress. I am not a patient person, after all. But I am going to do this right and I know that someday, I will be back in shape again. And then, P90X, I’m coming for ya!
Next time you hear from me I’ll be hernia free:)