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Hernia surgery complete

Two-day-old calf

Mark's hernia surgery was yesterday, and it went off without a hitch. Elapsed time including driving, anesthesia, and recovery was 7 hours. Actual time under the knife? 30 minutes or less.

The nurse said today will be the time of peak soreness. So if you want to send some healing thoughts his way, I'm sure Mark will much appreciate the boost.

As for blogging --- he'll be on light duty for at least three more weeks (no lifting, pushing, or pulling more than 30 pounds during that period). But without the nearly daily pain that was interrupting his life during to the runup to the surgery, I suspect he'll have something interesting to post about before that time has elapsed. So stay tuned!

(The image above is our neighbor's two-day-old calf. I thought you'd rather see that than Mark's surgical wound....)

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Get well, Mark!

But, don't be a hero either.... My wife had this done a long time ago. She healed up fine and never looked back. I had an employee who also had this done. He tried to come back too soon and had to enjoy a second round of fun. Take a lesson: Go easy and follow the Dr.'s orders. We're pullin' for ya! Get well soon. You'll be as good as ever.

Comment by Tim Inman Thu Aug 30 08:49:58 2018
I hope you have a speedy recovery!
Comment by Brian Thu Aug 30 11:00:40 2018
Wishing fast healing for you, Mark!
Comment by P Thu Aug 30 11:26:33 2018
I'm glad Mark's hernia surgery went as well as could be expected. My husband thought he'd be right up and active after his - no, it really is a many-weeks thing to real recovery - you've been cut apart! But he'll heal up better than he was. Love to you both.
Comment by Becky Thu Aug 30 14:46:27 2018
Healing thoughts his way. Love the photo of the calf. I want one now? Roseanell
Comment by Rose Hamilton Thu Aug 30 20:57:08 2018

Glad all is well. Best wishes.


Comment by Heather Thu Aug 30 20:58:03 2018
Sending healing thoughts. Also, a practical item. If you take pain meds take the stool softener too :)
Comment by Steph Fri Aug 31 10:13:29 2018

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