Ah, my surgery…not the most pleasant topic to discuss, but definitely worth it! I’ve found that the more I spoke up about my embarrassing issue, the less embarrassing it became. Apparently, Stress Urinary Incontinence (leaking pee) is more common than I thought! Many women, especially moms, suffer, in some severity, from it. Because of my story, a few of my friends are now looking into the surgery for themselves! You’re welcome, ladies!
The first step is admitting there is a problem
I noticed this problem after my first son was born. I pushed for four hours in order to get that cute little guy out! Although he is totally worthy every second of pushing, he did some damage to my insides. Which then, got even worse after my second little “urethral destroyer” was born. I was told it would get better with time and kegels…well, needless to say six years after baby number two was born, I was still peeing in my pants.
Running, jumping, coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking down hill, talking and walking at the same time are just some of the activities that would cause me to leak. It happened so often, I became used to it. I brushed off the fact that it affected my workouts, my classes, and worst of all, the fun I had with my family. I decided (after tons of research, consultations with my surgeon, and encouragement from my husband) it was time to get it fixed!
The surgery to treat my Stress Unitary Incontinence, was to “install” a mid-urethral sling. (Sounds awful, doesn’t it? That’s why it took me six years to have it done!) The sling’s job is to provide support to the urethra so that it doesn’t “wobble” when jostled. A “wobbly” urethra causes leakage.
The sling is made of a mesh material, which needs time (about six weeks) to adhere to the urethra for optimal results. That meant no vigorous activity for six weeks. That was the part that scared me the most…six weeks of not working out. I go crazy after a few days, and now I had to wait six weeks! Thinking about the all time and effort I put into my training over the years, and knowing I may regress over these six weeks, scared me. But I did it anyway.
After my surgery, I was restricted from not only vigorous activity, but from lifting anything over 10 lbs., squatting, and any core exercises. My surgeon made it clear that he didn’t really trust “my type” (he said, very fit women are the worst patients, because we find ways to push the limits) so, I was told that I should only walk! Well, walk I did! Since I am a rule follower, I walked and walked for six weeks. I felt that I owed myself the time to fully heal in order to make sure this surgery was successful!
How essential oils helped me heal
Because I am a type A, perfectionist kinda gal, I wanted to heal in the most efficient way possible. How, you ask? With oils, of course! Besides my daily shot of Ningxia Red, my go to oil for this was copaiba. Copaiba oil works to soothe irritations. Less irritation equals less pain. Less pain is always a good thing. Luckily, Young Living’s copaiba oil is available as a vitality oil, which means it can be ingested.
So, as soon as I got home from the hospital, I poured a few drops in my water and also rubbed some oil around my incision sites. I did this 3-4 times everyday for about the first two weeks. And guess what, (although I had them ready and waiting) I didn’t need to take any pain medication prescribed to me! At my four week incision check, my surgeon was shocked by how well I had healed, without the use of any meds! Even after years of using essential oils, I am still amazed by their powerful benefits!
The Results are in
It has been six weeks since my surgery, and I’m very happy to report that I no longer have my embarrassing issue! The surgery was a major success! I can run, jump, cough, laugh and do anything I want without worrying about leaking….what a glorious feeling (a feeling often taken for granted)! My only regret is not doing it sooner!
Update– January 27, 2017. Its been about 4 months since my surgery. I have been back to my regular workout routine for many weeks now, and have even surpassed some of my goals. But tonight was the ultimate “test” of the surgery’s success–the trampoline!
I’m not going to lie, although I have been more than happy with the results thus far, I was nervous to jump on that trampoline. I’m delighted to report that I did not leak! And that it was SO. MUCH. FUN!
If you suffer from this issue, please consider talking to your doctor. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made!