Sunday, April 26, 2015

Nine Inches?



I measured my incision. The one that was made for my hernia surgery. Before the surgery, I had expected there would be an incision perhaps one inch or one-and-a-half inches long (that's approximately 2.5 to 3.8 cm). As a matter of fact, many people who had previously had hernia surgery held up their fingers to show me how long their incisions were. They all indicated that approximate length.

But my incision seemed  to be a hell of a lot longer than one inch. It's being held together by ten decent-sized staples.

Today, while changing the dressing, I measured. (Don't worry. No photos of that.)

The result? My incision is exactly three inches long (7.6 cm). And that would be nine inches in many another man's estimate... if you catch my drift.



Just so you know, I'm suffering from cabin fever and I plan to get downstairs for coffee Monday morning. "Time to come out in the air."

38 comments:

  1. Mitchell, I have a cabnin fever in the autumn and I hate it. Have a nice week

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    1. Gosia:
      Thanks. Hope you're enjoying being back home... in spring!

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  2. Oh you men are all alike!! lol
    Rest easy and absorb that view, Mitchell.

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  3. Snicker! Keep healing and keep your sense of humor.

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    1. Michael:
      I hope to never lose it (although some people would probably not agree with me).

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  4. So ... you're an Incision Size Queen? =)

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    1. Bob:
      Well, in comparison to the guys I know around here, mine is the biggest... so I'm told.

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  5. Wishing you a speedy recovery. I am expecting I will be doing the same sooner or later. I am chicken to go under the knife. You are brave.

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    1. Frank:
      I wasn't afraid of the knife, but there were a number of other things that made me nervous. All went well, though. And, if you DO already have a hernia, I'd encourage you to take care of it sooner rather than later. Get if over with and get back in that teeny Speedo.

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  6. It's amazing what bifocals can make for you!

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    1. Ron:
      Hey, without my bifocals, there's nothing there... the incision I mean!

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  7. Was feeling decidedly queasy reading that. If yours really had been nine inches long and you'd showed it to us I do declare I should have fainted.

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    1. Ray:
      Aw, I thought you'd like seeing all nine inches!

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  8. I'm just chuckling and shaking my head. You boys and your "incisions". ;)

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    1. oops... sorry, Mitchell, that's me, Judy/Seinejudeet/Judith :)

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    2. Judy:
      I knew it was you! I love looking at your Sears houses!

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  9. As incisions go, 3 inches is plenty long! I am sure the venture out will clear your head of cabin fever. Are you able to sit on the veranda and enjoy the view and fresh air?

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    1. Wilma:
      I had hoped to spend the first week, when I couldn't do much, out on the terrace. Unfortunately, it was a bit breezy and not very sunny most days when I was up for it. But that view is there from inside, too. I did, however, go out for coffee and then a walk today, and I'm meeting a friend in about an hour, so will get out again! Sun and clouds...

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  10. You made me go look.... at my own hernia scar. Only mine was intestinal... and is above my navel. BUT... it's old (1982) and with weight loss and gain over the years I swear it's much longer now... so there's hope yet that you'll get a 9" one.

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    1. Sharon:
      Well, in that case, I suppose I could live without a nine-inch one (scar, that is).

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  11. Next thing, you'll be whipping it out and comparing it to all the other boy's. Just wait until you get new reading glasses, it'll grow on you.

    Okay, I'm done... for now.

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    1. Jacqueline:
      NEXT thing? Was I not supposed to whip it out yet? And I DO need new reading glasses. Can't wait!

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  12. That space you're indicating matches what I tell my wife is nine inches. Fortunately, she wasn't a math major.

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    1. Stephen:
      So glad that Mrs. C, with all her smarts, believes you.

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  13. Eek! At least it is over, if you knew it was going to be that long you might not have gotten it done.

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    1. Cheapchick:
      You're not far off. I would have gone through with it, but I definitely would have been more nervous than I was.

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  14. Yep 3 inches is about right. Must have been a big hernia which explains the 3 inches. Just eat the BonBones as they say in Spain.

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    1. Laurent:
      Going in, I assumed it was a small hernia. I guess not. But ignorance was bliss in this case. I'm sitting here enjoying the bombones.

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  15. Did the doctor explain the part where you cannot lift anything anymore and must have a young attendant to do that for you.

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    1. Laurent:
      The doctor did. But San Geraldo doesn't believe me, so I've got him instead.

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  16. Cabin fever? GOD, I get it.

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    1. Maria:
      Hope being back at work helps in some way. (Although that sure wouldn't help me!)

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  17. Avoid the temptation to pick at it and enlarge it.

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    1. Spo:
      Funny you should mention that. I woke up during the night and I had been rubbing it in my sleep... The bandage! Thankfully, I didn't do any damage... and nothing was enlarged.

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  18. Classic Roseanne Barr: Men are really only good at two things: barbecuing and reading maps. Because only the male mind can imagine one inch equaling a hundred miles.

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    1. Walt the Fourth:
      Thanks for this! She has a much better way with words than I.

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  19. My abdominal scar from about four years ago is about five inches long. Still tender at times.

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