Thursday, January 19, 2012

D Day

I know i've been kind of quiet here...and all for good reason.

I have been getting my life (and in particular my house) ready before I undergo major surgery tomorrow.

I have to admit that I am a little nervous. I have never had surgery before and it's a little scary to think about what could go wrong.

But I am quite confident that everything is going to go right and all will be well.

And...honestly in the whole scheme of things what I have to experience is minor in comparison to what others are currently facing -- and keeping things in perspective is pretty important to me right now.

In case you have any interest in what type of surgery I am having...I will provide details below.

If you are not interested...PLEASE...stop reading now. Especially if you're squeamish (or, you know...a man).




If you're still with me, as you know, we have had quite a few children in a relatively short amount of time.

7 babies in 10 years.

I know. Crazy.

So, I have had quite a bit of damage done to my pelvic floor and I will be having reconstructive surgery done.

It's a total of 7 different procedures done over 6 hours.

I have heard that the recovery is pretty rough, but again, I hesitate to complain as I know it will be but a moment and I will once again feel whole and healthy -- and I am really looking forward to that!

For a more detailed description, I found this online:

What is Pelvic Floor Reconstruction?
Pelvic floor reconstructive surgery consists of several procedures for correcting a condition called “pelvic organ prolapse.”
When the muscles of the pelvic floor are damaged or become weak – often due to childbirth – they are sometimes unable to support the weight of some or all of the pelvic and abdominal organs. If this occurs, one or more of the organs may drop (prolapse) below their normal positions, causing symptoms including discomfort, pain, and pressure.
The goal of pelvic floor reconstruction is to restore the normal structure and function of the affected organs.
About 35 percent of women will develop some form of pelvic organ prolapse. 

It's funny how people never tell you what can happen to your body as you give birth and age.

I really don't know why that is, but i've been very surprised at how many women i've meet who are dealing with or have dealt with these issues. 

Again, I feel like everything is going to be okay, and we will keep you posted on how things go.


Mariko said...

Eeeep, I hope everything goes smoothly. Praying for you and the procedure...and especially for a quick recovery!! Let me know if there is anything I can do to help!

Hilary said...

I'm gonna have to get this done sooner or later, I figure kagels will only take me so far...
Let us know how it goes

Charlene said...

My prayers are with you!! I'll check up on you next week sometime to see how you are doing!!

Shari said...

Denise I'll be thinking about you tomorrow and praying for guided hands for your doctors and that all goes well. :)

Jamie said...

I had no idea you were dealing with this. It was so much fun hanging out with you at the wedding. Good luck tomorrow. I'll say a prayer for you. :)

Emily Merchant said...

Best wishes and prayers for all to go well. Wish I were closer and could do something useful, or at least that would make me feel useful, like watching kids or cooking or scrubbing your floors for the next eight weeks. Lots of love and hope for a speedy recovery. And, please, give yourself time to relax and heal. Hey after 7 kids you and your pelvis deserve some time off!

Monique said...

Wishing you a succesful procedure and a complete recovery, Denise! Don't try and do too much too soon though; have Trey and the kids spoil you for a while...

Cheryl said...

Best wishes today! You'll be in my prayers. Just think of all that recovery time when you can beat me at Words with Friends! (Now I'm scared...) Hugs and prayers for you!

alamama said...

golly. that doesn't sound fun, but glad you're going to be better afterwards. will pray for you and the doctors too.

Heather said...

I hope you are on the mend now, and that the surgery went swimmingly. Hugs to you!

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