Thursday, February 9, 2012


I had surgery today. Hernia repair. My second one. I had an inguinal hernia on the right side when I was about eight years old, and developed on on the left while I was pregnant with Caleb. Here is mayo clinic's definition: An inguinal hernia occurs when soft tissue — usually part of the intestine — protrudes through a weak point or tear in your lower abdominal wall. The resulting bulge can be painful — especially when you cough, bend over or lift a heavy object.

Not necessarily dangerous by itself, an inguinal hernia doesn't get better or go away on its own. An inguinal hernia can lead to life-threatening complications. For this reason, your doctor is likely to recommend surgical repair of an inguinal hernia that's painful or becoming larger. Inguinal hernia repair is a common surgical procedure

Here's me lookin' pretty hot in my stylish garb

Of course I had to post on Facebook before going in!

Pretty drowsy post op

At home with my boy (who is six pounds over the limit that I'm supposed to be lifting right now! I'm so thankful for Andrew and Bethany helping me out so much!)

Everything went really well, but I'm pretty uncomfortable. I'm trying to push through without the "big guns" (narcotics) so that I am still able to nurse Caleb. Please pray for the pain to lessen quickly. Thanks to all of you who have been praying today - I'm so glad it's done!


Mom E said...

Wow, I can't believe your're doing so well so soon. Awesome.
Love, Mom

Hannah:) said...

Wow Joia! Glad things went well. Henry had inguinial hernia repair on Jan 25th. He couldn't do without the oxycodone. Hope for you that the pain goes away on it's own! Hope and pray for a speedy recovery. Henry can't return to work til March 7th.
Take care! And enjoy the TLC while you can!

Wendi Kitsteiner said...

surgery anywhere around your abdomen is NO FUN. Good for you trying to go without the meds. The good news is, each day is going to get better! Hang in there and see you soon!!!!

Anonymous said...

Get well soon, Joia. Hope you have someone there to help lift the kiddos, because you don't want to do that and risk damaging the spot they fixed!!
Take care!