Sorry I haven’t logged in for a while. Had 2 clinic appts in one day, bloods and an ultrasound a couple of weeks ago so was a long old day at the Royal Free but got to see so many members of my team including my professor who operated on me which was awesome. He said I was unrecognisable (think that is a good thing) as this time I was in my own clothing (not the lovely pink hospital gown) didn’t have “bed hair” and had some make up on so I think it was an improvement 😂😂😂
Anyways, He did confirm that I do have an incisional hernia and he confirmed it needs operating on. It measures approx 8cm x 8cm and is on the horizontal part of my scar so sticks out quite badly to my right hand side. Told my prof and the surgeon I saw that this is causing so much pain (first mentioned it in clinic last Aug 2017 but they decided to keep an eye on it).
It hurts when I sneeze, cough, laugh etc and getting me right down. I’m crapping myself about another’s op. Told it will be a cut (not laparoscopy) with 5-7 days in hospital but they won’t know for sure until I’m opened up in theatre 😔
I asked about the mesh used and they said mesh operation is what my hospital use.
Got my pre op start of April and will take it from there. Family and friends tell me how brave I am after what I went through and was so very poorly but I think where I was admitted to hospital while waiting for my transplant - I was so ill with a matter of hours left to live that I wasn’t in the right mindset to think about the transplant. Going into hospital “well” and needing an operation is going to be nerve wracking.
I’ll keep you posted on when it will be. You know me though, I ALWAYS take the positives and that is that my new amazing liver is working brilliantly and my last bilirubin was a very impressive 13 (it used to be over 600 before transplant) and everything else with bloods and ultrasound was good.
Although I live in Suffolk, I’m from Essex so as we are known for not pronouncing our “H’s” I have called my Hernia “Ernie” 😂
Ernie needs to be pushed back in place and to make light of it all, I asked my professor on examination “what is that grissly bit I can feel on my hernia” to be told “that’s your bowel poking through” 😱😱😱
Best Ernie gets sorted out soon eh.
Anyway I’ve waffled on enough.
Stay strong everyone and I promise I’ll stay on here regularly.
Much love. Nicki 💕