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Kelly "Nerdzilla" Mendenhall

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Post-op recovery so far:

🥳 Holy crap, this is so much easier than spine surgery.

🥳 Today is my first day with just extra strength Tylenol, ice, and muscle relaxers, and it’s going great!

🥳 Glad to be done with opioids because they won’t let me sleep, which is probs why I’ve been sleeping since 8am today

🥳 THERE IS NO FLUID IN MY LEGS. I repeat: MY LEGS LOOK LIKE THE LEGS OF A NORMAL ASS PERSON.

🥳 I purposely slept on my left side for hours. My leg is still normal. I’ve been able to walk around the house, stand and get food in the kitchen, take a shower, and use the restroom and my leg stays regular size!!!!

🥳 I’ve lost INCHES off my waste and abdomen. My abdomen had been so distended that it physically hurt to eat, I’d often be full after 3 bites. It was hard to sit upright at all because of the pressure in my abdomen and how easily my leg pain and swelling would flare. It’s hard to describe just how bad it was unless you see photos.

🥳 My digestive system was struggling for 2 months. Everything is getting back to normal now.

🥳 I’ll see my surgeon on the 17th to find out more details, but it seems to have been a couple of pounds of endometrial tissue they removed from my abdomen, not to mention all the fibroid tumors and polyps and such.

🥳 I am INCREDIBLY hopeful. Going into the surgery, the working theory was that there was so much endometrial tissue in my abdomen that it was pressing on my glutes and piriformis muscle, as well as interrupting the flow of my lymphatic system, causing the retention of fluid and chronic sciatica in my left leg.

🥳 I haven’t had the sciatic nerve pain in my left leg since pre-op. I have been reclined pretty much entirely since surgery because of my sore abdomen and incisions, but this still feels like a big deal.

Once again, I’m so glad that I fought hard, followed my gut, and pushed for answers. And some day I’d like to line up all the bad doctors I’ve had and go full-blown petty and shoot them with paintball guns. And then put signs in their front yard that say, “I’m a medical gaslighter.” But the best revenge is a life well lived, and I’m determined to make the absolute most out of my life, come what may.

I know for certain that having my mom here for several days was the best medicine of all.
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