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It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
I got back from a nice day on the water with my wife, brother, & dog and after rinsing off the boat and flushing the motor I had just settled down with a refreshing cocktail when I felt a lump sticking out from my stomach next to my colon surgery scar. Gentle fingertip pressure smoothed the lump back in but it reappeared again. This went on two or three more times until it dawned on me that I probably have a hernia and it is intestine poking through a tear in the abdominal wall. Good Grief!! It's just lovely growing old into my "golden years". I don't recommend it and suggest you avoid it if at all possible. An emergency visit to my gastrointestinal surgeon the next day confirmed that I have an "incisional hernia" as a result of a weakening of the abdominal wall due to previous surgery. Since it has been a full year ago that I had my last colonoscopy he wants to do that before he does the hernia repair surgery. It was that colonoscopy that revealed the colon cancer. He wants to do the hernia surgery robotically since it is less intrusive and the recovery time is quicker. If he runs into problems primarily due to too much scar tissue then he will abandon the robot and cut the old fashioned way. Before they will schedule anything at all I have to have blood work done and an EKG which tells them I'm healthy enough to be put under without dying from anesthesia. Needless to say, all of this will probably play hell with our Oregon trip. The bitch of it is that we already booked our tickets and got a great low round trip rate to Portland from Tampa on Southwest Airlines and were already making plans for sightseeing and touristy stuff for after the bike rally. Chief among them a trip to Crater Lake, a drive on the coast road, and eating Geoduck in a Portland seafood restaurant. I didn't buy cancellation insurance so that may end up costing me as well. I'm still holding out that everything will happen quickly and that I will have time to recover and still go on the trip. It's Always Something! (Gilda Radner) Here is a picture from our day on the water. I have sort of a sour look on my face. Maybe a portent of my discovery a few hours hence. Lol, not
 
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Re:It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
Good luck man, I hope everything goes well and you recover completely.
 
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Re:It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
I hope it all works out.
I like the elevated helm set up.
 
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Re:It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
Oh no! This seriously sucks. That trip insurance would have been a wallet saver too. More important is your health though so you need to worry about that first and foremost. Thoughts and prayers for a positive outcome! Please let us know if anything changes and keep us updated.
 
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Re:It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
Well, that sucks but you found out early & hopefully the timing will work out.
Better to take care of your health now & be around to reschedule later ...
 
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Re:It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
SKWEARpeg wrote, "I like the elevated helm set up." Thanks SQWEARpeg. My son and I gutted a 23' Nauticstar, Nauticbay model and put in the narrow helm and leaning post on top of a narrow 6' long coffin box. The raised position allows us to be able to cut through the glare on the water to be able to sight fish Reds & Snook on the flats in Charlotte Harbor. I call it a poor mans tower, but really I'm not a big fan of towers on smaller flats boats. The narrow width allows two fisherman to walk past each other between the helm & gunwale. Most appreciated when you have a fish on. Most consoles today are so wide I can't even get my size 12's past. The Nauticbay is a no wood hull with a lifetime guarantee and is light weight at only 1300 lbs bare hull. I paired it with a 200HP Yamaha HPDI which is 100lbs lighter than the comparable Yamaha 200 horse four stroke and gives a much better hole shot. Runs shallow & fast with a Bob's Jackplate and Lenco electric trim tabs. New 40 gallon below deck custom built aluminum fuel tank keeps me on the water all day with no worries about running out. Here is a picture of the boat on the trailer.SKWEARpeg wrote:
[quote]I hope it all works out.
 
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Re:It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
It is imperative you make a full and complete recovery. You are one of the few people on here I actually get along with. By the way Mr. Worldly Traveler, what is a Geoduck?
 
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Re:It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
Sorry to hear that, I hope it all works out. There will be plenty of time for trips, the important thing is your health right now.
 
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Re:It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
I'm sure everything will work out fine for you,
and you are never out the money with Southwest, you can always use rebook the flight and not lose everything.

(I used live on a boat on Ft. Myers Beach. After I moved to Chicago I used to fly back down every other weekend on Southwest. Kind of a long Monday morning commute though.. )
 
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Re:It's Always Something!!! 5 Months ago  
I've had 3 incisional hernia's which began after cancer surgery. The last one resulted in a strangulated small intestine, and a bowel re-sectioning with the loss of a foot of small intestine. Hernia's are not to be taken lightly if your intestine gets caught in that hole it then becomes a major surgery and a lengthy recovery. Take it from me, besure to ask about mesh re-enforcement repair
other wise it will never hold. I'd get in and get it fixed asap.. Good luck
 
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