Friday, November 30, 2007

Update to the Dr. Update...

So after leaving the doctor's office, my brain started rattling off tons of questions about my belly button fiasco! It's not very often the dr. tells me, I have a hernia in my umbilical cord so I was a little taken back to say the least. I don't even know what a hernia is and I thought my umbilical cord was cut off 33 years ago!!

So I called the nurse and left a message to call me back bc I had some follow up questions. Around 5pm, the actual dr. called me back!!!! I was shocked and nervous that him calling me back meant it was more serious than I originally thought.

I quickly grabbed my Wal Mart receipt that had my belly button questions scrawled upon and tried to form a coherent sentence. I started off a little weak by stuttering,

"Yea, uh, I wanted to ask you a few more questions about my belly button situation".

Why did I call it a belly button to the dr. and why did I call it a "situation". I should've said umbilical cord and called it a hernia.

Question 1) You told me that my skin is paper thin in my belly button because of this hernia so will my belly button ever burst open as I grow bigger?
Dr. T: No absolutely not! Your skin is much thinner there, but your skin is strong enough to hold up to the growth that will occur in your belly.

Question 2) Should I wear a band-aid over it?
Dr. T: Yes, I think that's a good idea to protect that area.

Question 3) How serious is this problem?
Dr. T: I'm actually glad to see how big your belly button has gotten bc it has less of a chance to catch an intestine. If one does get hung up in there, then it has enough wiggle room to 'uncatch' itself in there. I'd be really surprised if you had complications with it, but it could give you some pain and discomfort throughout your pregnancy.

Question 4) How worried about this are you?
Dr. T: Not terribly. It's good to know so we can watch it, but I don't think you'll have any serious complications from it other than some pain and discomfort, but no danger to you or the baby. Now we know you have a hernia sac behind your navel, then we'll remove it when you're not pg.

Question 5) Any precautions I should take in the meantime?
Dr. T: Not really any other than not doing any heavy lifting, but you shouldn't do that while you're pg anyway.

So that's the summary of my belly button for tonight!! Any questions? I'm still not sure what a hernia is, I didn't know intestines could get caught like fish in your belly button, but I do know that my belly button looks like it got in a fist fight with a quarter and lost, but I feel much better after talking with him!! He's not terribly worried so I won't be either, but I'll be sure to beat up anyone who tries to rub my belly. I would body slam them, but I'm not supposed to do any heavy lifting. (re question #5).

Btw, we got home from dinner around 8pm and David (who worked late, raced home and quickly scurried out the door with me to catch our Katie's 9 year old bday dinner) suddenly changed into his old clothes and started painting the nursery. I heart him.


Anonymous said...

I've not heard of this kind of hernia, but that's so good you have a doctor who is very informative. I hope it's not too painful for you! I am 26 weeks myself, don't you just love how different your belly feels as you get bigger? :D Take care!

anna said...

Kelly, I suddenly feel like all my random medical knowledge may be useful so here goes... a hernia happens when the muscles in the wall of your abdomen separate, causing that little part of the abdominal wall to be weaker than other parts. I'm guessing that from the laparascopes that went through your belly button, a part of the muscle there just didn't heal back corrently. This is actually pretty common. Because there's not this protective muscle layer in place, your intestines can squeeze through, particularly when pressure builds up in your belly like with heavy lifting. I think our intestines get pushed up pretty high during pregnancy as the uterus grows so soon if not already, your intestines won't be anywhere near the belly button anyhow. And the baby has the strong uterine muscle protecting it so it won't interfere with your little hernia either. I'm glad you got some reassurance from your doctor. Drop me a line if you have anymore questions!

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