Friday 09 January 2018 – 03:40 am.
I am sat on the sofa writing this post. I have been up for around two hours as I am uncomfortable in bed and unable to sleep. The good news is that I do not have to work in February. Deve the hernia is gone. He is an ex-hernia. Yep, some seven months after first being diagnosed with a hernia (aka Dave) and 5 months since I ran (boo!) I had the operation yesterday. Between two weeks “sick” leave and a week on holiday I will not be working until 05 March.
Let me step back a few hours.
Thursday 08 February 2018.
A highly unimportant day for many many people around the world. An important day for me that started around 0630, showering with a bottle of Hibiscrub+ (Amazon Link) – the same stuff we used to use on my dog’s skin – before dressing in cleaning clothes. No food, not even a cup of tea (boo!) and away to the hospital for 0830.
I really don’t miss the daily commute into Portsmouth! 45 minutes to drive a little over 10 miles, the fastest bit of the journey was in the city itself. My normal commute now (and thankfully for the last 16 or so years) has been a little over two miles in the car, yes, I am that lazy!, a journey time of 15 minutes on a bad day.
Check in complete, the process was very slick and friendly in a clean and modern facility, a lovely member of staff named Kate asked a huge amount of questions (like they do!) and then I was to change into the back opening gown, dressing gown and new slippers. I walked to the theatre (!) at 1020 and the next thing I know it’s around 1300 and I am waking up with another lovely member of staff gently saying my name.
Back to the ward, I was told that everything went well, all my bits are where they are supposed to be and, yes, I still have my winky.
I was home and sat on the sofa by 1430 having had peanut butter sandwiches and to cups of tea after my operation.
So, 3 -4 days off my feet as much as I can manage, back to “normal” activities without any heavy lifting, three weeks off work and I am good to go!
What about the unexpected consequences? Well…
- The keyhole entry points do no hurt.
- The bottom rib and my shoulder do hurt.
- Six visits to the toilet in four hours last night confirmed that I do not have restricted flow.
- The most uncomfortable thing so far is a sore throat from having a tube shoved down it.
- I can’t sleep. Laying on my back makes my back hurt. Laying on my side makes the operation site uncomfortable.
- It’s now 04:05 am and I am still typing.
- Asda Really Creamy Salted Caramel ice cream is my newest favourite ice cream. Seriously, go get some.
- It’s quicker to start the terminal and type “sudo shutdown now” than it is to grab the mouse, click shut down and confirm..
Now is the countdown to the next chapter. In about 4 weeks (no sooner!) I hope to try running. Before that I will do some spirited walking to ease myself back into things.
Oh, and the good news through all this? Not having done any serious exercise since the end of September, I am back to 12 stone 8lb (79kg) having managed to get rid of the weight I gained over Christmas. Need to get on the core exercise and lose the middle tyre round my stomach. That will come…