Friday, October 9, 2009

Show & Tell - Where the H*ll have I been?

Did ya' miss me? Just a little? Bet ya did!!
It's that time again - Show & Tell a la Mel over at Stirrup Queens.
The time of the week where you get to show off all your great stuff and then hop on over to check out what everyone else is showing!!!


Sorry for the extended absence -I had my surgery which put all things on hold for a bit but was amazingly successful!!!

I will try to explain a bit without making this too long - The original mesh that had been put in for my hernias was infected and my body had been rejecting it for several months. I saw several surgeons who kept telling me that either I had adhesions or that nothing was wrong. I continued to have problems and knew that something was not right. Finally, I got pissed off enough that I did some research and found lots of information showing that the type of mesh that was used in me, had a very bad track record. It had actually been voluntarily recalled by the makers in 2007 after many complaints to the FDA. I then researched finding a hernia specialist that might help me. I ended up seeing a doc that had taken care of me in 2008 when all my belly problems had started. He not only knew my medical history but agreed immediately that the mesh was the problem. He said the other docs were absolutely WRONG and that he was sorry I went all that time without someone treating me. The surgery involved him going in and removing the infected mesh - he then replaced it with a much safer mesh combination. When I woke up after surgery, I knew things had finally been fixed!
Needless to say I am feeling much better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you all will indulge me, I thought for Show & Tell this week, I would show off a few things.

1. Starting with a pic of my healing belly.....Now if you get queasy easily or just don't like looking at body parts....THIS IS YOUR WARNING TO LEAVE NOW!!!

This pic shows part of the incision line - I had 60 staples in all - I have since had most of the staples removed with about 5 remaining to help one area that is taking longer to heal. Please know that I am pushing myself to post this pic because it shows my chubby belly-stretch marks and all.
I am feeling SOOOOO much better after this surgery and believe that I am finally on the road to a complete recovery - WOOT!!!!!


2. The second pic is our highly unsuccessful attempt at dressing up Zoey for Halloween. The shirt says " SPOOKY" which you probably won't be able to see in the pic. Every time we actually got the shirt on her and put her down, she would fall over. It was was like she felt she could NOT move at all with it on.
(I know I know....we torture that cat....but it's SOOOO fun ya'll!)


The third pic I am posting was sadly taken this morning......The utter destruction captured in it is appalling. I am asking for ANY information leading to capture and arrest of this devious "mini-blind bandit" Please help STOP this madness!!!!


I hope to be back to my old blogging self soon - hang in there with me!




imafishey said...


I'm so glad that your surgery was successful! And thanks for sharing your belly pic. I don't see stretch marks, just a swollen belly that healing.

Zoe is adorable & good luck finding the Blind Bandit!

Delenn said...

Glad to hear everything went well!! That's a scar, woman!!

We are never successful at dressing up our cat, Gabrielle. She had a witches hat last year that lasted .0002 seconds on her.

Our blinds look the same--the cat and the toddler are after ours all the time!

Wishing you speedy recovery!

karlindaadoption said...

Glad the surgery went well. Isn't it nice when you find a doctor who actually listens to you.

Hmm, could the blind incident be Zoey's revenge for the dressing-up..?

Rachel said...

Ohh my! What an incision!

mekate said...

I missed you lots
and just want you to feel as fabulous as you are--

your cat is hysterical, and I am now thinking of dressing mine up just to see what happens.

Honestly now, you look like you are healing well- I am so sorry they had to go in there and change out your hardware, and I am so hopeful this will make EVERYTHING better.

warm wishes to you for a very speedy recovery,

Beautiful Mess said...

Awww your tummy looks sore! I hope it's feeling MUCH better today. Good for you for being your own advocate and not giving up. I know how frustrating it is when your own doctor's don't listen to you. I'm so glad you didn't give up and you are feeling much better now.

Sending you lots of healing vibes and lots of love.

Once A Mother said...

I am glad to hear you are feeling better.

Haha our cat used to destroy our blinds too.... of course we ALSO dressed him in clothes... maybe there is a connection? :)