Healthcare Update

caduceus.pngAs I mentioned in the Labor Day post, we elected to have hernia surgery sooner than later which seemed like a good choice given complications that usually develop with an untreated hernia. The surgery took place this morning at our local hospital. The surgeon (featured at the link) indicated that everything went well and I am at home now in the office comfortably posting this item.

I read the statistics on my type of hernia (Inguinal) and it turns out that about one-fourth of the adult male population will develop this condition sooner or later. Thank God that the radiology department during an unrelated CT scan discovered the problem and brought it to our attention a couple of months ago. The urologist that ordered the CT scan read the report to me and recommended that I consult a general surgeon, which (obviously) I did.

The pre-surgical procedures were the usual: surgical gown, hair net, vital sign monitor hookups, IV tube, etc. The one difference I can account for being that the anesthesiologist brought in an ultrasound system and probed my right side while inserting a syringe to anesthetize a major nerve under the muscle in order to provide a level of comfort post surgically. I have to say that it’s working inasmuch as the only sensation from the surgery site is minor pressure and not pain. This may wear off by tomorrow, I have been advised, so I am prepared to deal with whatever discomfort that may occur.

As always, Damsel was there to get me to and from the hospital and to provide post-operative care when needed. I am in continual thanks to God Almighty for the love and care given by my wife.

It should be getting easier every day as I heal up.


  1. drjim said,

    September 16, 2021 @ 16:24:21

    Really good to hear, Bob.

    And I agree 100% about our “Better Halves”. I don’t know what I’d do without my SLW!

  2. CapnBob said,

    September 16, 2021 @ 18:54:07

    Today the discomfort was a little more due to the nerve block wearing off, but we managed to get out to the supermarket and do shopping as usual with the exception of Damsel doing all the heavier lifting.

    I saw your blog today about the backyard cleanup which emphasizes our love for the Better Halves in our lives. Plus your bonus with your son being there to give a hand.

  3. drjim said,

    September 17, 2021 @ 13:02:57

    Good to hear!

    Yeah, it’s good to have him out of Lost Angeleez, and he’s been busy looking for jobs, getting settled here (for a while), and having fun with TLG.

    He had a couple of interviews with Traffic Management places, but he’s waiting for the usual background checks to grind their way through. He could have transferred from Ralph’s to King Soopers here, as they’re both owned by Kroger, but he’s 199% burned-out on working in the retail food industry. Too may “entitled”/rude/hostile customers for him to deal with any more.

    Probably better for him to get out of that industry before he went postal on somebody buying $200 worth of prime rib with food stamps or an EFT card….

  4. CapnBob said,

    September 17, 2021 @ 14:17:27

    Doing good today - still a little sore but functional between icing packs.

    Anybody would be glad to be out of K-stan. Hope the son gets settled in soon. Don’t blame him for shunning retail of most any kind.

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