I got my ultrasound results and it was negative for abdominal hernia! What a relief. I was starting to mentally write off this year and part of next already should surgery be necessary. D waited 7 months for his in a non Covid year, so what hope would I have for what is not usually a life threatening diagnosis.
What the radiologist did pick up on the scan were some benign uterine fibroids. I'll be finding out more about their locale and number next I speak with my MD. My blood work to check my iron levels also came back and they are good. I really do not want to be on an iron pill.
My injury set back my plans to start sleeping outdoors this winter as I wasn't wanting to get into low positions to set up my bivy, tarp, tent etc alongside stomping down the snow for my camp site. So I missed testing out my gear during the polar vortex. Bummer.
D thinks I'm insane for even wanting to try that. It's definitely not something he is remotely interested in. He would consider winter camping only if it involved a hot tent and wood stove. We're looking into it. I would love for him to experience it in a positive way.
So I have completed 4 nights of sleeping outside so far. Initially with my new tarp, bivy and sleeping bag. Temps dipped to -19 C and did great. Actually wore too many layers. My new sleeping bag was really thick, so it took up a lot of room. I used a wool blanket on top of it to catch condensation.
Next up for the test was my winter tent as I've only used it in late fall. It was luxury to have so much more space. No condensation until last night when temps got warmer. Didn't do a good enough job leveling the site so I can tell snow melt is gathering in the low sections. Using an avalanche shovel can be tricky as the handle is short, even for me.