I started having babies 21 years ago, and after no.1 baby I was left with a gap between my stomach muscles which allows everything through to form a ridge between my boobs and belly button when I raise my head if I'm lying down. I was young and naive, and I just believed that was what happened to every new Mum. I was blissfully ignorant until after no.5 baby when a new lump appeared beside my belly button. I noticed that I had a pencil sized hole, which I could poke the lump into, and then actually my finger. I realised this must be a hernia, and told my GP at my 6 week check.
In fact the gap left between my stomach muscles is a Diverticulation or Diastasis and shouldn't have happened, but is relatively common and not treated, but the lump by my belly button was a Paraumbilical Hernia.
More than a little annoyingly, my local authority had decided not to do Hernia operations until they become really bad, so I watched my tiny little lump and pencil-sized hole grow over the next 2 years, before my GP eventually referred me to surgery.
|Hernia 1 - 23rd October 2012|
When I came out of surgery it had been far less than 1 hour, and when my Surgeon came around he told me 'a couple of stitches fixed it, no need for a mesh'. I was pleasantly surprised I'd had less intervention than required.
Fast forward and here I am exactly 2 1/2 years later....
|Hernia 2 - 28 April 2015|
Today I got a phone call I wasn't expecting and I have been told my operation should be next week....wow. So soon. Thank heavens.
So I'll be taking another little break next week all being well, and then in theory I'll have 6 weeks recuperating to make my blog awesome and catch up on the bazillions of posts I've always wanted to write (yeah, right)....and then I will be able to wear clothes with waistbands again!! Just the small matter of surgery first....