I’m in the camp of “Everything happens for a reason.” When bad things happen I try to find the silver lining behind the cloud. Today, I found my silver lining. Had my epiphany, if you will.
In June of 2010 when I went in to fix my prolapsed pelvic organs, my doctor accidentally punctured my bladder. This is old news. You all know that. You know of the frustrations and pain that has followed. I have been angry. Oh, so angry at the inconvenience of having to have a second surgery.
When we were talking to the specialist last week I was quizzing him on how he was going to do the repair and asked him about the mesh that has been in the news recently that has been causing so many problems. Basically, a mesh was developed for hernia repair and it has improved the success rates for hernias astronomically. Some GYN decided it would be a good idea to use this for bladder lift surgeries. And it seemed to be a good idea. Until recently when it was discovered that there were pretty severe side effects that they don’t experience when it is used to fix a hernia. So…mesh is bad when it comes to lifting the bladder. My doctor assured me he had never used the mesh to fix a bladder and that he wouldn’t be using it now.
On my way home from work today a conversation popped into my memory. When my original doctor punctured my bladder she was telling me that the urologist who fixed me up wouldn’t allow her to fix the bladder. When I asked why, she said that they couldn’t put the mesh on until the bladder was healed. Guys! She was going to use the mesh! So today. Even though it’s been a pain, I am grateful for her mistake. I will have my repair done properly and without that added risk of complication…the mesh!