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I'm going to be having a "complicated" surgery by a specialist for 6 or more hernias. I'm nervous.
Is it going to heal???
How long will I miss work?
I will be at a hospital 1.5 hrs. Away from family.
I'm usually brave but not lately. I just turned 58 and am grateful for every single day!
Any advice or prayers, encouragement appreciated.
God bless 🙌

posted August 13, 2022
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I just had Pelvic Organ Prolapse Rectocele surgery in March, and I was terrified. Mind you I've already had 11 surgeries, so I'm not new at this! So why was this one bothering me? Well, some of the additional things my doctor planned to address were freaking me out. So one day in prayer, God put this in my mind..."Do you have a choice in this matter? Must you have the surgery?" The answer was yes. So next He asked, "What do you fear?" It wasn't fear of dying for me because seeing my Lord is what I long for, so my answer was the pain, going home with a catheter and caring for myself at home. If I could stay in a hospital room, I would have been fine, but they send us home in a matter of hours now. So He reminded me of all the pain I've lived through, all the surgeries I've had, all the car accidents (12 ... none my fault), plus all the pain and migraines I currently live with. I realized, I could do this. I've been through horrible illnesses and almost died in 1991, and surgery SAVED my life, so I let my fear go. I gave it to God. Guess what? This ended up being the easiest recovery I ever had. I was not sent home with a catheter and all my advance planning helped so much! So I ask you....what exactly are you afraid of? Think through this carefully and honestly. Then give it to God and let your fear land in His lap. Some cool tips someone shared with me as I was preparing for my POP surgery: put a garbage bag on your car seat to sit on so you can slide out of your seat easily when you get home; take a pillow to lay your head on and ride home laying on your side in the back seat; put a cake pan or a tray on your bed to keep the various items like book, Kleenex, remote, etc. in it so you can move it around easily on your bed; prepare meals in advance now to reheat when you are recouping by taking one third of everything you cook now and freeze it; stock up on books to read; buy bed pee pads because getting out of bed quickly might not be possible; buy used gowns at Goodwill to prevent ruining any nice PJs; use sippy cups to prevent spilling; and if possible, line up friends and family to visit because you probably will have a long recovery time. Best of luck!! I'll pray for you!

posted August 13, 2022
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Robin G.

posted August 18, 2022
A MyFibroTeam Member

I will pray for you, but please try to change your mindset away from fear and back to bravery. Believe in yourself, believe in your strength. Your positivity can bring a positive outcome. Prayer and a hug.

posted August 13, 2022
A MyFibroTeam Member

I will be praying for you 🙏

posted August 16, 2022
A MyFibroTeam Member

My thoughts are with you, and I know its cliche but you're braver than you know

posted August 15, 2022

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