Triathlon Geek

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Surgery... the second is a charm

December 2, 2016 00:00
Surgery... the second is a charm

After a few months of waiting, mostly due to some other commitments I had, on the 22nd of November I went to the Hospital close to where I live to have my belly cut open and a mesh inserted below my abdominal to prevent other hernia happening in the future (at least in the same area).

It didn't end well... I got all prepared for the surgery, but before entering the anaesthetist asks: "Did you have breakfast?"... I said yes... and he started freaking out. Apparently doing a general anaesthesia without empty stomach is very dangerous. Unfortunately none, doctor, anaesthetist, nurses, told me anything about not eating or drinking the 12 hrs before. They told million other things, even minor, but none told me such an important point. And being my first general anaesthesia I didn't know that I didn't have to eat. So, everything got postponed of another week.

On the 28th I went back to the hospital, this time without having eaten or drank since the previous evening. Got prepared, and I was brought to the operation room. They made me breath some oxygen via a mask, and that's the last thing I remember. Next thing I remember was being taken to my room, about 3h30 later, after surgery and 2hrs in the waking up room.

I stayed one night in hospital and the next afternoon, after waiting the doctor to finish his other round of surgeries, I got released.

I've to say, that after 5 days, pain is all totally gone; I still have some problem when I've to flex my abs to sit or stand, or lift some occasional heavier thing, but nothing serious.

Now I've a control visit with doctor next Wednesday to see how things evolve and to assess when I can start some light training again.

About Simone Chiaretta

December 1, 2016 00:00
About Simone Chiaretta

You might be wondering who is behind Triathlon Geek.

My real name is Simone Chiaretta, and I'm a beginner triathlete, cyclist and aspiring ultra-runner.

I did my first triathlon in 2009, a sprint distance and then I've been doing some races and training, on and off, till September 2014, when I finally joined a triathlon club in Brussels.

Since then I regularly competed in local triathlon of the SuperCoupe league organised by the Belgian Francophone Triathlon League and finished 5 Half-Ironman and one full distance Ironman.

I also competed in a few half-marathons and participated in various trail running and road running races around Belgium. If you are interested, you can see all my results.

Between 2016 and 2017 I was diagnosed with an abdominal hernia. It was not a serious condition, but it required surgery and a long break during the off-season.


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