It’s hard to believe that my surgery was one week ago today! At this time last week, I was laying in a hazy, painkiller-induced, post surgery fog on my couch watching multiple episodes of Barefoot Contessa & Pioneer Woman!! For those of you reading this who don’t know, I had an umbilical hernia repaired – – my SECOND hernia surgery in less than 2 years! Can you believe it? If you remember, I had an inguinal hernia repaired last March via laparoscopy (ouch) & I started noticing this lovely number making an appearance towards the end of the summer. I knew immediately it was going to cause trouble! Sooooo, just like the last surgery, this one was to be an outpatient procedure where I checked in bright & early (after a very strict “no coffee, no water, no food” past midnight warning), had the quickie surgery (under 30 minutes) & was on my merry way! The hubs took me to check in (taking business calls & sending emails the entire time) & my mom met us before I went back to surgery. The nurses at the surgery center couldn’t have been nicer, and, in fact, several of them gathered in my room at one point (while I was getting my IV placed….worst part of the whole hospital experience) to hear about State of Grace Boutique AND the self-tanner (Fake Bake Flawless of course!) I was wearing! What gems! Loved those ladies! They made me feel so comfortable! Next I met with my anesthesiologist who ended up being the same from last year’s surgery! He took GREAT care of me & the last things I remember about the operating room were 1. The compliments on my nail color. 2. Telling everyone that I just wanted a “really cute belly button” and 3. Garth Brooks playing in the background (his choice)! When I woke up (which felt like minutes later), I sucked down a Diet Coke, ate a few graham crackers, rolled off the bed (with a lot of soreness), and away we went! I could already tell that I felt SO MUCH better after this surgery than the last one! Although they made it sound like the laparoscopic route would be easy, I could quickly tell you that the open surgery was less painful & I had so much less discomfort afterwards. The rest of my day, like I mentioned above, was a haze of TV/Netflix-watching, Norco-popping & learning the best ways to get up and off the couch! Day 2 was, as expected, pretty rough. I took 2 Norco every 4 hours (even during the night), and was pretty uncomfortable all day. The silver lining? No appetite (too bad it’s back now)! Haha! I also wasn’t able to shower until 36 hours AFTER surgery, soooo by Thursday evening I was more than ready to hop in the shower AND check out this new belly button! I admit, I almost couldn’t look at first because I was so worried about what the incision would look like. When I finally mustered up the courage to rip the bandages off, I was SO pleasantly surprised! I had a cute, tight little “innie” belly button again! I realized then just how BAD my belly button looked before the surgery, too! Yikes! Friday rolled around & I started feeling MUCH better…..still took my pain meds, but felt “normal” with my appetite slowly coming back! Of course I was sure to put makeup on, too! That ALWAYS makes this girl feel better! Always!
My Friday went pretty much like Thursday – lots of couch/bed time, lots of Netflix (I finished Season 4 of Peaky Blinders), lots of water. I started to ease back on the pain meds & was able to go longer between doses. I knew that Saturday I could move to Advil & that’s exactly what I did! While the hubs entertained the kids, worked on science projects and planned dinner I did a ton of SLEEPING! I think Saturday will go down in the record books as the most I’ve slept in YEARS! Not only did I sleep in until 9am, I also caught myself dozing while watching TV or Netflix all throughout the day! I was sooo crazy tired! By the time Sunday rolled around I had started feeling pretty darn good! No more pain meds, not even Advil! While I took the doc’s advice & still lounged around the house quite a bit, I had started getting up & doing small chores. The hubs took off for Chicago late morning for work & my mom (Mimi) came back to stay with us while he was gone. She was excited that we were able to share wine & enjoy watching the SAG awards together that night! My mom is seriously THE BEST. By Monday I was ready to get out of the house, so my mom and I ventured to Target (of course), then yesterday I actually felt enough energy to hop on the treadmill for a bit (walking is my only “approved” form of exercise for the next week – boo!). After my mom and I had gotten our workouts in, we went to see The Greatest Showman (second time for me)! I’ve never been to the movie theater during a school day – week day and I couldn’t believe how DEAD it was! My mom and I ended up being 2 of only 7 total in the entire theater! It was fabulous, and I swear The Greatest Showman was even better the second time around! I mean, that singing & dancing is just so incredible! I got chills during so many of the songs!
This brings me to TODAY – exactly 1 week out from my surgery & I really feel GREAT! In fact, I just told my surgeon I have to be reminded (usually by my body) that I had surgery last week! While I’m so thrilled that I feel so good, it’s not making the fact that I can’t get back to “regular” life just yet any easier! I’m healing well, swelling has gone down significantly & Dr. Z doesn’t have any concerns – – I’m SO very grateful for that! I’m so glad that I was proactive about my health. I knew exactly what I was dealing with when I started to notice my belly button looking “weird.” I could have easily ignored this as I was so happy with my current fitness routine & knew that surgery would sidetrack me for a good month. The truth is — it would have just continued to get worse! My surgeon told me today that if I had ignored this & put off surgery, when I finally DID decide to take care of it, recovery time and healing time would DOUBLE! Yes, that’s right – 2 DAYS in the hospital and over 6 weeks of very restricted activity. In 1 week I’m cleared to start cardio, which means I’ll have to start becoming better friends with my treadmill again (running). I can’t lift over 10 lbs for another 3 weeks, too, so I’ll be giving my 5lb weights some love! Then, in 3 weeks, I’m cleared to return to barre! I think I’ll probably be super cautious since barre is SO core focused, but there are always modifications! From then on out, I’ll just hope and PRAY that this bod holds out & I don’t have to go through this again! IF you or anyone you know finds themselves in a similar situation & this surgery is suggested – PLEASE connect with me about my surgeon! She is amazing! I’d highly recommend her to anyone here in the area!
Soooo, that’s it. I made it. It wasn’t as bad as I thought & I am SO thankful for all of my mom’s help! She is just simply THE BEST. She cooked, cleaned, did laundry, vacuumed, drove kids to activities, watched numerous episodes of Barefoot Contessa with me, chauffeured me out into society again & just took the best care of all of us! I couldn’t have done this without her!
Prayers for my family as I navigate life without barre classes for the next three weeks, too! It’s not going to be pretty!
xoxo – Jamie
P.S. There WILL be a “Thursday 3” post tomorrow! I can’t wait to visit State of Grace (even thought I won’t be working….going back next week as usual) because I’ve seen SO MANY cute new things via Instagram and Facebook!! Soooo, stay tuned!
P.P.S Since I finished Peaky Blinders, I’ve moved on to Broadchurch! It’s also SO GOOD!