Starting off the New Year with a bang! I found out on New Years Eve day that I have a desmoid tumor in my lower abdomen. I went in almost positive I had a hernia but when the words tumor came out of my doctors mouth, I was in shock! Thankfully the type of tumor I have is not serious and can be easily removed. Still, having to have surgery sucks!
I’m not one to succumb to ailments. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I push myself to the limits. I work through sickness no matter how bad off I am. I pushed through my c-section recovery and didn’t do a good job listening to my doctors orders. I over did it and had some complications. I’m stubborn, hate having to ask for help and HATE being stuck in bed!
I waited two months before going to see the doctor for the pain this time around. I was really hoping it would just go away on its own. Besides, I was too busy and had better things to do than deal with whatever was going on with my body! I know, I know, STUPID! Especially since I have two little ones watching my every move. After my diagnosis, I realized that by me doing what I always do, not listening to my body and pushing through the pain, I’m teaching my girls not to take care of their bodies. I always get on my husband to get check ups. If my daughters have any pain I would want to get it checked out immediately. So why don’t I hold myself to the same standards?
I guess like many other moms, I feel like I’m the glue that holds my family together. I’m a stay at home Mom and it’s my primary responsibility to take care of our girls. If I’m stuck in bed recovering from surgery, I can’t do that. I don’t like not being in control and I hate asking for help! Did I already mention that? But this time was a wake up call. God forbid something serious happen to me because I ignored my symptoms. Then it would be even worse for my family.
So here I am on the verge of having surgery and not at all happy about it. But what am I going to do? Ugh, I guess I’ll have to suck it up and ask for help! Luckily we have amazing family who is always there when you need them. With a two-week recovery and strict orders NOT to pick up my girls during that time, I sure am going to need their help!
From here on out I’m not messing around when it comes to my health. I have to be responsible and teach my girls that it’s important to take care of your body. You only get one and I better start acting like it!
How do you handle being sick with kids? Do you do the right thing and take care of yourself, or are you like me and ignore your symptoms? Share with us below.
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