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The Joys of a Huge Hernia

   Tue, June 17, 2008 - 5:29 AM
I've been dealing with this hernia for quite a few months now. Believe it or not, I got mine from coughing. I helped a chain smoker put in a sliding patio door and coughed my guts out, literally. I finally got laid off from this casino/hotel project that I had been on since last year and dealt with it.

I went to UMC unaware how bad they are. UMC is the University of Nevada's hospital system. What a joke! I bailed on that in time to get a great doc in Phoenix. Turns out everyone I know who has had doctoring there hates on UMC . Good thing I got away from that before it was too late.

The surgeon I went to was great, smart as hell and communicates everything in detail. He also uses everyday vernacular instead of the stuffy medical ones so he is likable too. He is a guy I can trust to do a perfect job. The other guy I had severe reservations about from the start, even though he was an associate professor plus he acted like a prick so there was no warm and fuzzy factor at all there.

I knew the hernia was a big one but didn't know exactly how big until after the surgery. He told my friend in the waiting room that it was the size of a softball. Yikes! It was also nearly ready to fail completely. Good timing for sure. I actually had a bilateral hernia, so I had both sides done but one side was just a patch job, nothing was poking out yet.

Now for the fun part, THE DRUGS! I apparently am funnier than hell when on Vicodin. The Vicodin runs out today, so it will be Motrin for the next few weeks. Oh well.

So here I am, convalescing in Phoenix just enjoying some peace and quiet. I am getting a lift back to Las Vegas in about a week then I'll be looking for some work at some point. I might run to San Fransisco to visit friends and my brother but other than that I'll take it easy for the next few weeks. The thought of having this thing fail and doing it over is keeping me on the straight and narrow.


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Tue, June 17, 2008 - 8:19 AM
Ack! There are very specific holes one is supposed to have. Too many or too few tend to be problematic.
Wed, June 18, 2008 - 8:23 AM
hope you feel better soon yo, I'm so glad that you were able to find the right folks to patch you up!
Wed, June 18, 2008 - 9:00 AM
Hernia girdle for Bluebell!

Glad it's all over finally, and that it went as well as it can.
Thu, June 19, 2008 - 5:21 PM
Thanks for the warm thoughts. I have a nice 12 or 13" scar going on here, will be good for Halloween I think. I was really cut open!