Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Injury Update: Hernia Surgery Scheduled

I've been dealing with an inguinal hernia since March 10. Not so much fun constantly having to push your intestines back inside where they belong. It happened during the second week of the CrossFit Open. I wanted to finish all five weeks, plus I had the Sabertooth CrossFit Lifto De Mayo competition in May that I wanted to compete in, so I delayed saying anything to anyone. I finally saw a doctor the week before the competition and he confirmed the hernia. The following week I saw the surgeon and planned the surgery for June 5th. I wanted to wait until after Memorial Day so that I could do the Hero WOD "Murph" with the rest of my CrossFit Skopos family. The surgeon said there wasn't a high risk of further injury so he was ok waiting.

I'm thankful that the hernia hasn't completely hampered my ability to workout but I'm looking forward to having it repaired and being able to go 100% again. Even though I can still do most of the movements in my workouts, having an injury in the back of my mind has limited my ability to do everything I want to do. Plus it's annoying having to push the hernia back into place multiple times per day.

I had a hernia repaired about five years ago. It was also an inguinal hernia but it was on the other side. I'm not worried about the surgery. The thing that makes me the most nervous is the recovery time and how I will mentally manage not being able to workout. It will be 3-4 weeks before I can do much, and probably not until August until I'll be fully recovered to workout hard again. This is a very long time for someone who does CrossFit 5-6 times per week. I've worked really hard to get to where I am in terms of strength, endurance and body composition and I'm nervous about the potential setbacks in all those areas.

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