Knocked sideways!!

For the last 3 years or so, I’ve had a little niggle in the groin area.  I have generally managed to ignore it for most of the time, carrying on with my dog walking business, mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing and walking, being too busy to do anything about it and hoping it would just fix itself.  Since selling my business and knowing it hadn’t just gone away, I thought I’d pop into the Doc’s to see what they had to say…An Inguinal Hernia and No…they don’t fix themselves at all, they have to be operated on – Damn!

Luckily I was able to manipulate the date of my operation to fall after both our snowboarding holidays which was great, but then the day came last Friday.  A day job, in and out, a little routine op, I’ll feel a little uncomfortable then I’ll have a couple of days with my feet up, jobs-a-good-un, or so I thought...Bloody Hell! – Knocked sideways!

I won’t go into it all, but needless to say I have been a little ‘out of sorts’ this last week and I’m still a little ‘tender around the nether regions’.  I had keyhole surgery, but still can’t understand why I woke up to three stapled holes along my belly button line, when the surgery was down in my groin?  All I know is that, apart from the three holes, I also woke up to a huge dome of a stomach which wasn’t there when I went to sleep!  I spent last week cautiously tip toeing round, holding and rubbing my extended, solid bump remembering my pregnancy days whilst quickly forgetting what my feet looked like!

I’m a week on from that now, feeling a lot better, my stomach’s going down slower than I’d like, but getting there. I’m walking a little less like I’ve got something clenched between my buttocks and I’m ready for some fresh air, so Jon and I are taking Polly, our camper out for a spin.  Heading down to Cornwall for a change of scenery and to see family 🙂

Even though I’m a 50 something there’s always things you learn about life in general and yourself on a daily basis.  I don’t like to complain about things like this, because I know only too well, this was nothing compared to what others go through.  On the contrary, I think ahead at the thought of getting fit again, getting back on my bike and getting strong.  Jon has been a brilliant nurse and we’ve had a laugh at my misfortune, (or I’ve laughed as much as my stomach and pain has allowed, which in turn makes things funnier) but I have been quite shocked at the impact of this routine operation as to its effects, for instance;

  • the weakness I felt from waking up after the operation was to be expected, but after the third day, I was in such pain and still had total lack of energy and strength
  • for someone who is normally a strong and fast walker, I was actually in shock as to how physically and mentally it affected me in the first few days, by not even being able to walk from one end of the boat to the other without having to sit down for a rest
  • from the third day I found myself getting stronger by the day, which in itself is a challenge for me personally, because I’m quite impatient so as I felt stronger I found myself having to hold back as I am under strict instructions not to lift anything or do anything strenuous for 6 weeks (believe me this is a major personal challenge)
  • now seven days on – not feeling too bad, will be nice to get these darn staples out of my stomach, twinges keep reminding me that I still have got to hold back otherwise I’ll be back where I started

I’ve recently learnt;

  •  That it’s stupid to join a gym a couple of weeks before going in for an operation (what was I thinking??)
  • Everything seems funny when you physically can’t laugh
  • My fella, as skilled as he is at removing of my underwear, is totally rubbish at putting said underwear back on! (me not him)
  • The same fella is even more rubbish at putting surgical socks on! (me not him)
  • A hot water bottle is the best invention EVER!!
  • Having a huge stomach full of gas really hurts!
  • Getting on and off a boat after an operation is not that easy!
  • I didn’t know I could go a week without a glass of wine! (totally haven’t felt like it)
  • A little routine operation – SUCKS!

As I type this we are almost in Truro, the sun is shining and as Jon’s just shouted out, “I’m looking forward to a cup ‘o’ tea at my mum and dad’s” 🙂

Here’s to a chilled week and a little recuperation in Cornwall






41 thoughts on “Knocked sideways!!

  1. Oh my goodness you poor thing! All that sounds horrendous. I can’t imagine how it must feel to have your mobility restricted! You take it easy for a good while, and get everyone to wait on you hand and foot!

    1. Thank you, Really wasn’t expecting it to be as bad, but I’m on the mend now, slowly. Just a little frustrating 🙂
      Thank you x

  2. Hey Sam
    Yikes!!! Ouch!!!!
    My husband had that surgery about a year ago. By week 4 he was back hiking. Week 6 and 7 we vacationed in Maui. The elevator was out and our room was on the 6th floor. He was better at the climb up the stairs than I was. I’m sure you’ll be back at it very soon.
    Enjoy the time for a little R&R

    1. Oh that’s great to hear!! I can’t wait to get back on my bike & walk walk walk!! 😊xx

  3. I had a similar experience – three for the price of one as the surgeon told me – but I was lucky that I had barely any post op discomfort and apart from a sense of tugging if I stretched for about a week little restrictions. That’s made you feel better, hasn’t it Sam!?

        1. 😂 no worries at all I was talking to someone else last week who also hadn’t much pain or many problems after either. I’m just impatient, can’t wait to be on my bike & running around again 😊 another week or so 👍

  4. I hope you’re getting your self back, Sam. Doctors have their own language when it comes to explaining the impact of ‘minor’ operations. I’ve come to learn that ‘slight discomfort’ means it’s going to hurt, probably when you’re home and far enough away not to bend their ear about it. And they totally underestimate how long recovery takes. Eternal optimists perhaps. 🙂 Get better soon.

  5. Oh dear. I’m sure you’ll bounce back quickly once you start being able to do things. The surgeons sure downplay the recovery time though don’t they. I was told 4 – 6 was in a moonboot followed by a bit of physio for my torn tendon. At first physio appointment I was told it’ll be 6 – 12 months before the swelling will even go down. Until then I have to wear either boots or supportive backless shoes (birkenstocks). The surgeon gave me no indication it’d take that long, but that’s the usual scenario I believe. I was gobsmacked.
    Your usual level of physical activity will see you through it well though Sam.

    1. Oh dear. I suppose everyone varies with their recoup time etc. I just can’t wait to get back on my bike 😊

  6. I work for a surgeon who does hernia repairs routinely. We tell all our patients that it will take a couple of weeks before they begin to feel “normal” again. It’s not really a “little” operation because it involves repair work that takes time to heal. I think you’re doing really well to be so far along after only a week.

    Leanne |

  7. Hope you recuperate quickly and feel back to normal again soon. It’s tough to have surgery – any kind. Husbands can be helpful at times especially to put on the socks and shoes and fetch the water bottle. Take care! Keep the laughter at bay until you can do a grand old belly laugh! 😆

  8. So sorry to hear you’ve been poorly, Sam. Cornwall sounds the perfect tonic to get yourself better. In fact, we’re spending a week there at the beginning of June.
    I hope you’re feeling a lot better and will be fighting fit for your visit to the Bloggers Bash in London next month.
    Take care.

    1. Thanks Hugh. I’m getting there now. Cornwall is beautiful & I’m enjoying the relaxing time here 😊 I’ll certainly be ready for the Bash 👍

    2. Sorry for the late reply Hugh (I actually thought I had replied) thank you. Cornwall was a lovely place to recoup, we go quite often as Jon’s family live there 😊 fingers crossed for good weather in June. See you soon

  9. That was an entertaining read for us although the reality doesn’t sound so nice for you. I hope you feel better soon. Love your attitude – how everything seems funny when you can’t really laugh.

    1. Thank you for stopping by & commenting. I do seem to find the funny side of things I just think laughing is what keeps us going 😊🌸

  10. I entirely missed this because I was out of touch with blogging for several weeks whilst I attended to a major move. But I just want to say ‘ouch – how awful and I really really hope that you are now mending well’. My apologies for missing such a huge chunk of your life and I will now hop back to your most recent post and promise to do better in future!

    1. Oh don’t worry about that Osyth, I’ve only just caught up with you too. I know you’ve been really busy with your big move. Hope it went well for you and happy you are where you want to be 🙂 Thank you for reading

  11. Ouch! That doesn’t sound like fun Sam. Look after yourself and don’t rush your recovery. I do understand your impatience to get back to your active lifestyle. I haven’t been allowed on the bike for about 9 months due to an injury but it’s almost time to get back in the saddle. Feeling a little nervous about it. Enjoy being pampered for a while

    1. Jennifer, I was back on my bike a couple of weeks ago for a gentle (ish) ride and like you were a little nervous, but as soon as I got back on my beloved bike I felt great. It definitely put a big smile back on my face 🙂 Thank you for reading and commenting. I do hope you’re on the rode to recovery and back on your bike soon 🙂

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