I have not posted here because it's been an adventure.
First of all, I went to the doctor for my health care screening to prevent my insurance from going up 20%. Blood work was good. I forgot what the numbers were but the good and bad cholesterol were both fine. Triglycerides were slightly elevated but not really too high. Blood sugar was 110. Doctor wants it lower but whatever. That is not bad number in my opinion. Blood pressure was 124/78.
While I was there I had him check out my chest. The diagnosis is Costochondritis which is inflamed cartilage where the ribs meet the sternum. It was probably the result of the motorcycle accident in 1995. Doc recommended taking ibuprofen or aleve and using a heating pad. He also said to take it easy until it subsides.
I also noticed that sometimes I get a bulge the size of a big marble poking out of my belly and when I press on it, it goes back in and makes a gurgling noise. Obviously it is a piece of intestine poking through. He checked it out and said of course it is a hernia. He said it could be a time bomb because if the blood supply gets choked off then that's it. He also said it may be fine. Because of the severity of the trauma and scars on my abdomen, he referred me to a surgeon that deals with this sort of thing. His nurse scheduled me an appointment on. Monday afternoon.
I went to work in the morning that way I would only use half of a sick day for the afternoon appointment. I went to lunch with my coworkers and when I went to leave the restaurant to go to my appointment, my Jeep would not start. I had to call the office to get someone to pick me up and take me back to the office. I then grabbed a a company vehicle(Yukon), and drove to the doctor. I got there a little early but the doctor was running late.
He checked me out thoroughly and after discussing options, such as what type of procedure to perform, scheduled me for surgery at 7 the next morning which was Tuesday.
I then left his office to go home and grab some tools. I pulled the battery off the Jeep, had it tested, prorated, then went back to the Jeep to put it in. Then I drove the Yukon back to the office and got someone to give me a ride back to my Jeep. The Jeep started just fine. Batteries last only 24 months on my JK and this was no exception. I then drove to my parents' house to tell them about my surgery and that I would need them to give me a ride back from the hospital in the morning.
I drove back to my house and finally got to bed at midnight. I woke up early in the morning to get a very good long shower before the surgery. I went to my parents house and arrived at 6 am as scheduled. My dad was not even dressed and insisted on drinking coffee and bs before getting dressed. As a result, we did not leave their house until 635 even though my appointment was at 7 in the next town over. I was pissed. I arrived at the hospital barely on time.
The surgery went well and I was discharged after only a few hours. I was in severe pain but got a prescription for lortabs which I have been on ever since. I wait as long as I can to take them but this has been horribly painful.
I spent the next couple of days at my parents' house sleeping on their sofa. Yesterday afternoon I decided to get in the Jeep and drive home. Today I went to work since I am in management and sit behind a desk with no physical labor involved. I was in severe pain and regretted my decision to go to work. The lortabs kicked in at 1000 and after that it was tolerable.
Through all of this, I have stuck to the diet and have not cheated.
2014 JKU Copperhead Pearl
Too many mods to list. Too awesome to sell.