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Thread: I'm back home, but have lost my October Shows.

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    I'm back home, but have lost my October Shows.

    Last weekend on Sunday-9/27- when I was closing down shop, my hand brushed across my belly where I've had and umbilical hernia for a number of years... it felt tender and as I usually do, I just pressed on the bump to push it back under the skin. No Joy in Mudville that night... the more I pushed the more it hurt, the harder the bump got until about 7:30 I decided I better go to the ER... Couldn't drive and the wife can't see to drive at night, so an ambulance was in order... first for me there.

    I showed up at ER and they put me in a room to wait for the ER doc... in walked this 300 lb doctor who took one look, he started pushing and again No Joy... He gave me something to "relax" me, then came back for another push session. This time I was about to hit him... nothing ever hurt so bad.

    Turned out I had developed a strangulated hernia and emergency surgery was in order... by now it's past midnight and no surgeon will be available until 0800... NO JOY...

    Long story short, the doc showed up at 0805, took one look and started re-arranging his schedule.. Went down to Surgery at about 0830 and they started drugging me... next thing I'm back in recovery room at about noon with a 10 inch incision down the front of my belly, an incredibly sore belly and I've lost all my October Shows... I can't load and unload the truck, no heavy lifting for 6 to 8 weeks.

    This weekend, today and tomorrow would have been one of my bigger shows for the year... 17th & 18th back to same area for another show that last two yeas has been very profitable. The wife contacted todays show and good news they'll let me roll the booth fees over to next year. Havent contact the second show yet... proably will send email tonight.

    Warning: Don't put off fixing something that can be done in day surgery until it becomes catastrophe and cost a lot more.... I've had this hernia since about 2002 or so... in 2003 or 2004 I went to a surgeon in Houston to see about getting it fix.. a $500 day surgery. Next morning I wound up with a full blown case of appendicitis and had emergency appendectomy
    but they didn't fix the hernia... I never went back... I think I didn't want to go through the pain a second time... the appendectomy was pretty intense.... This new pain is even more intense....
    Chuck
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    Glad to see they got you all patched up, but sorry to hear about the shows and the pain.

    Heal quickly, Chuck. There will be more shows.
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    Good advice about not putting things off. Glad to hear you have recovered. Good thing is that the hernia is now behind you.

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    Chuck,
    Glad to hear you're on the mend. Though I am sorry you had to go through it all in the first place.
    Also, don't second guess yourself. I had elective surgery a few years ago. Ended up going through a few years of rework and recovery. Still not right. (Of course others said that before the surgery.) So it can go either way - don't fret over it.
    DO take it easy and follow the Doc's instructions especially pain meds. I've seen too many friends "tough it out" only to end up worse off than before.

    Hope you feel better fast!

    Wes

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    hey, ease off the 300lb remarks skinny!

    IM glad you took care of this now and nothing bad happenned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    Good advice about not putting things off. Glad to hear you have recovered. Good thing is that the hernia is now behind you.

    No they left it where it was... it's still out front..

    You don't realize how much you use your stomach muscles until you get gutted and have that long gash... They went right through my belly button... I had a real pretty "innie" don't know what's going to look like now that it been split open..
    Chuck
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    Sorry about your trouble, surgery is never something you wish to happen, but sometimes it needs to be done.

    There will be other shows
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wes Bischel View Post
    Chuck,

    DO take it easy and follow the Doc's instructions especially pain meds. I've seen too many friends "tough it out" only to end up worse off than before.

    Hope you feel better fast!

    Wes
    Wes,
    Thanks for positive comments.. the doctors always told me that as long as it was soft and I could push it in, not to worry... you can live with a hernia for years... I follow DR's orders pretty good.. no lifting, no lawn mowing (Yeah!), etc for about six to eight weeks...I opted out on the pain meds... they give me grimlins that I don't like.
    Chuck
    Tellico Plains, TN
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/TellicoTurnings
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    hey, ease off the 300lb remarks skinny!

    .
    I just meant if he could press it back in, it wasn't going... the nurses and he learned a few new choice words Sunday night.
    Chuck
    Tellico Plains, TN
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    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

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    Chuck,
    Life has a habit of screwing up our plans. Here's wishing you a speedy recovery!!!

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