Monday, February 10, 2014

D minus 1

I'm spending a couple of days at Riverside Community Hospital learning more than I ever wanted to know about hernias.  My particular hernia is called a Ritcher Hernia....a particularly dangerous one.   If not reduced quickly it can result in part of your intestine dying.  By the time I arrived at RCH it had been 12 hours since the onset of symptoms.   Fortunately only a small piece of intestine had bit the dust......about the size of a quarter, which the doctor was able to quickly excise and repair. 

I woke up from the anesthetic about 7:15....of course it only seemed like a few minutes that I was out and not the 3+ hours I was under the knife.  TLE was summoned from the waiting room and I attempted to communicate with her, but the words just would not form..... It seemed add if my whole body had been given a shot of novacane.  I wanted some water in the worst kind of way. 

Around noon I needed to go to the bathroom, but I just could not relax enough to go so the nurse had to cathterize me.....she did what they call a straight cathiter..... put it in and then take it out after I urinated..... she warned me that if they had to do it again it might be in for up to a week.....okay, that got my attention.   The catheterization was as uncomfortable as one would imagine....especially when a woman you do not know, and have never met before is handling your manhood, and you just sit there acting like this happens every day. 

I slept a lot during the day, and when I wasn't sleeping I was watching sports I would never ever watch on the Winter Olympics..... sports like Curling, Biathalon, Women's Hockey. 

Not much else to report.....based on the information I have gathered it looks as if I will be out of action for a few weeks. 

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. - Please excuse my spelling..... I'm using my phone to write the blog and it is challenging to say the least.


  1. I'm glad to hear you're doing OK Clarke. As I said before, if there's anything we can do to help, please reach out. We're in Mesa, AZ right now, but we're mobile.

  2. Hey Clarke! Bummed to hear what happened but glad you are well!

  3. Thank you Mike and Dennis for your concern.... life is what happens when you are making plans.

  4. Is it fair to say it is D minus 1 and holding? And believe me when I say, I feel your pain and discomfort. --Dave ( PS: I thought the problem with spelling in last blog was due to the heavy medication I figured you were on...never thought about it being a cell phone posting...perhaps it was the combination of both.

  5. Sorry to hear about your illness. Praying you are up and around soon.


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