Mesh & My Moral Dilemma

Today I have to answer a question that keeps churning around in my brain.  Should I shut down this blog?  Should I turn my back on all the women who are suffering and seeking help.  I’m not a doctor or a lawyer and I don’t have all the answers.  All I have is a voice and freedom of speech. 

I have spent many months listening to other women tell me their stories of suffering and fear of losing their family and income all because of a mesh implant that was put into their bodies.  From their stories and sharing information about doctors who will remove mesh successfully and allow them to go on with their lives, they helped me realize there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  When I am able to have my mesh removed I hope and pray I too will be normal again. 

I don’t have insurance.  I don’t have the funds to get the job done now.  I changed my life to working from home to try to add a bit of income in the hopes I can get the insurance and pay for it.  Nothing is as simple as everyone thinks it is.  It will take time. This is a big deal for me and I want to have complete trust in the person I choose to remove my mesh.  This time, I need your help.

9 Comments

  1. Deanna

    Hello,
    I have scheduled a consultation with Dr. Zimmern. His first available appointment is late January, 2012. I will be glad to let you know the outcome. I have suffered with this issue since my initial surgery in 2008. God bless, d

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    1. lavalinda

      That you so much. I hope he has the right equipment to ‘see’ where the mesh is before surgery. I know this helps a lot. I look forward to hearing from you. Linda

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    2. lucy

      I would like to know about how your appointment with Dr Zimmern went. Was he knowledgeable of removal of mesh and did he run tests and what kind. Did he do your surgery? I have an appointment with him next week.
      Thank you for any help you can provide.

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      1. lavalinda

        I did not go to Dr Zimmern as other women have told me that they did not get full removal. I chose Dr Raz at UCLA instead and will get all my mesh removed Oct 11th this year 2012.

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  2. Virginia

    Hello, I am looking for someone to talk too, I have been search the web looking for people or support groups to converse back and forth with that is in the same situation that I am. Most of the ones I find are from canada or the UK. I am looking for someone in the northern area I am from MIchigan. I am 4 weeks post op from my 5th surgery since January of this year, and was told that they couldn’t remove all of the mesh in me due to it begin detrimental to my health and where it is located in my body. I still have constant abd/pelvic pain some days are better than others.
    I am so angry with myself, because I work in the medical field and have for almost 22 years and I never heard anything of the side affect from this surgery till I was six months out from the intial surgery and still having complications, The doctor who did this never told me that this was a possiblitly that the mesh would erode and tried to make me feel that it was my fault I wasn’t healing. I can’t go after her, It would cost me more in fees than what I would get in return. I am with a attorney out of FLorida for the mass tort suit.
    I keep asking myself am I ever going to be normal again, I just want my life back like it was before :0(

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    1. lavalinda

      I completely understand where you are coming from. I will send you a private email and give you people to talk to who have gone through what you have gone through. I don’t know who your doctor is, but the right doctor can work miracles. I will be sending you details. Please never think that because you work in the medical field that you should have known more. Many women who contact me work in this field and they didn’t know either. If all of us who are injured by mesh work with each other, we can change things and make a difference. Remember. This is NOT your fault!

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  3. ann

    hi my name is ann and i had the surgery done 3 weeks ago… and i have to self calf my self…for awhile. my doctor did not tell me anything about the mesh…i am upset cry most of the time because i have to self calf…and i am scard. wont to be my self agian…just needed someone to talk to…i cant go anywere.. still healing…and dont wont to have to self calf when i am out….please if there is anything that i can do to get my bladder to work…or what should i do…thank you.

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    1. lavalinda

      We are trying so hard every day to change this but even with all the TV lawyer ads we can’t break through the silence and this happens to women every day. I will send you a private email.

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  4. Mary

    Hi –
    I am just starting this journey of trying to figure out why I am having pain in the pelvic and lower back areas. This pain is daily and is disruptive to my life. I would be interested in hearing how those women who have been able to have the mesh removed are faring. I hope they are recovering and experiencing a return of health.

    I went to the Dr. who put the mesh in. I did not mention to her that I was concerned about complications with the mesh. I only told her that I was having pelvic pain and since I had had the bladder sling and a partial hysterectomy in the last 5 years I wanted to check with her. She wants me to see a urologist to rule out kidney stones (which I have had before – but this is different) and suggested a colonoscopy. I don’t have any other symptoms of diverticulitis … except the pain. She did not mention anything about a possible mesh problem. She did do an ultrasound which showed no other issues but was extremely painful to have done. I’m not married, so would not have known about any internal vaginal pain … until the ultrasound was done. I have seen the advertisements for attorneys who are carrying these cases. Do I have to “prove” that I have a mesh problem before I can pursue this? I will see the urologist in Jan 2013 and will have the colonoscopy as well.

    I am from S.C. Do you know of any doctors in this area that do the mesh removal? Thank you for your website. It is encouraging to know that I am not on an endless circle trying to figure out why I am in pain.

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