Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Christmas Came With Sickness and Surgeries

Get Well bouquet from workplace 

I know this year has been a turd in a toilet bowl for most everyone.  I've been lucky enough not to be affected by COVID-19 (knock on wood) but my body still brought its fair share of challenges.

The very beginning of August is when my problems started and I'm still fighting them.  I began to have very heavy bleeding and it would be for weeks on end. A pig in a slaughterhouse bled less than me.  Went to a couple specialists who ruled out any kidney or bladder problems.  Then it was on to an OB/GYN.  She did a Pap Smear and noticed abnormal cells so a LEEP Procedure was done.  In short, she went in my lady bits and fried off the abnormal cells she could see and scraped the lining of my uterus.  Wouldn't you know it, didn't help!

In the meantime, because of the horror movie gore going on downstairs, I developed anemia.  So I went in twice for iron infusions.  Not to mention, I've been poked and prodded more times than a pin cushion.  Oh, and I went into the ER once because the anemia was causing me to be lightheaded and dizzy.

iron infusion in the arm

OB/GYN determined I needed a D&C and Hysteroscopy.  Because it's considered a surgery, I had to take the obligatory Corona test and spend three days in quarantine.  Those three days were absolute, pure hell.  I started having what felt like constant labor pains in my abdomen and muscle cramps in my back that would cause me to seize.  I couldn't stand up, sit down, turn around, or go to town.  I cried until my tear wells ran dry.  It hurt so bad I begged Jesus to either take the pain away or let me die.  Some comfort finally came in the form of Tramadol.  

December 18th was surgery day.  The OB/GYN went up my insides and scraped the endometrial lining of my uterus (in hopes of stopping the excessive bleeding).  She also removed a polyp and took tissue in for screening of caner or other disease.  (Still awaiting results).  Recovery was also a MotherEffer.  Blood pressure kept dipping low.  But, after was all said and done, I thought I'd be good to go.

December 23rd rolled around and I went into my regular doctor for a wellness check.  I explained that I still had a lot of bleeding and abdominal pain but it wasn't unbearable like before.  She told me I needed to take it up with my OB/GYN and to make contact with her again after Christmas if things didn't get better.  After crying (yet again), I left.

first surgery

I went home and figured I needed to put on my big girl panties and bear through the pain.  It wasn't an hour later that I got a call from the nurse that my regular doctor wanted me to go in and get an abdominal CT scan.  So, back to the clinic I went.  After drinking water mixed in with yuck stuff, dye was ran through my veins and the scan was done.  I was told I'd get the results in a few days.

Two hours later, the results came in.  The doctor called and said I needed to go to the ER that night.  The scan showed I had acute appendicitis and it needed removed immediately.  It hadn't ruptured but was about to at any time.  Bet you can't guess I started crying again!  My husband was at work and I called to tell him.  I also called my oldest son and bawled to him.  Because of the stupid 'Rona, I wasn't allowed to have anyone there with me.  It was me, myself, and I to go through this.  I went into the ER and they already had a room ready for me.  After a ton of tests, a confirmation from the surgeon, and a short wait for the operating team to be called in, it was time for surgery.  

The surgery itself took an hour and a half.  Again, recovery was crap.  My blood pressure and oxygen levels kept dropping.  Once stable, I went to a regular hospital room.  I will say the entire medical team was Aces.  Christmas Eve morning the surgeon came in to see me.  He said the surgery was a lot more extensive once he got in there.  Not only did my appendix need removed, he also removed an Ovarian Cyst and part of my right fallopian tube because it was plumb rotten.  I also had a small bowel blockage and he had to remove the blockages.  To top it off, several of my organs were so swollen and distorted that he had to sort them out and put them back in the right place.  I was discharged a little before noon.

In summary, I have several upcoming doctor appointments to continue to figure out what needs to be done on down the road.  I'm still waiting on results from the first surgery.  And I will have been off work for 21 days by the time I'm allowed to go back.  On the "glass half full" side of things, it seems I'm finally getting some answers and should be back to "normal" fairly soon.  I was also able to visit with my son at my home, who came in from out of town.  My husband and other son have went above and beyond with helping me.  And, hey, I'm still alive!

So, how was your Christmas?  


Kathy E. said...

Good grief, you have been through a lot! I pray that you'll have no more surgeries and no more pain. Enjoy your family's care and allow them to spoil you. May God bless you with strength and healthy healing.

Jackie said...

What a horrible end to a horrible year! I hope you are on the mend now and feeling better. Take care of yourself. Sending a prayer.

An Apel a Day said...

Oh my goodness you've been through a lot! I hope all that's behind you!

Jobs have been the stressful things in my life. I got let go in May from teaching for almost 20 years. I couldn't claim unemployment because they wouldn't believe that I wasn't going back. They thought I was playing the system, and was taking the summer off. Now I have a trial with them soon about that. I had to get something, so I applied for everything. I got a front end supervisor job at Fresh Thyme. All Fresh Thymes closed in Nebraska in Oct. Then I got a job at Williams Sonoma as a visual merchandiser and key manager. While they were dragging their feet with the hiring process a non profit snagged me up. I only worked at W.S. for 3 weeks. Now I'm in the marketing department at AIM Institute. They instill technology into schools and adults switching careers. I have the trial coming up soon. I have to take off my new job, for it. Rrrr!

My sister and brother-in-law tested positive with covid right after Thanksgiving. I'm glad we chose to do a zoom Thanksgiving and Christmas. As sad as it is, it's important to stay home as much as possible. I have a lot of nose issues from a surgery I had 3 years ago. I have allergies and asthma. My other sister has 2 kids with special needs. My oldest has scoliosis issues. My youngest we're getting tested for slow processing disorder. He struggles in school, but is really smart. Basically it takes him twice as long as our oldest to do homework. I'm not looking to put him on a bunch of drugs. Just get some tips/techniques to help him. Crazy times indeed!

lfhpueblo said...

You poor thing. Crazy they bounced you out of the hospital that fast after all those removals of organs during that crazy surgery. Thank Goodness you got results quick and had the surgery in time. I hope you pain gets better quickly now and you get your strength up in a short amount of time. Blessings.

tat2gurlzrock said...

Oh no. I hope you feel better soon. That is awful.We kept it quiet and low key here this year.

katy said...

Wow, Terra you've been through the wringer. It's enough to worry about COVID-19 but your undiagnosed health condition for 4 months and emergency surgery was enough to make my life seem like a breeze. I hope you feel better and get more energy. May the new year bring you good health. Take care.

mail4rosey said...

Oh my gosh, not the same thing, but I went through the bleeding so much thing. I couldn't walk across the street without having to sit down and rest. Turned out I needed an emergency hysterectomy and it fixed everything. I had never been so relieved in my life. I am glad you had your appendix taken out and other things fixed!! I believe it will all be wonderful for you now and that's an awesome thing!!! Glad it's a happy ending. :) Hugs and Happy New Year!

Julie Waldron said...

Yikes! Hope you're feeling better soon and get good results! Happy New Year :)

Heather! said...

Dang, Terra! Of course, it sounds like a pretty typical series of crappy 2020 events! One sh*t show after another. I am so sorry you have had to endure so much pain, and it especially sucks that you had to go through a lot of it by yourself (surgeries). I am happy you are blessed to have your family offering support and love when you need it. I know you are still going through these things, but I hope you are well on the mend and feeling yourself again SOON!! I know you are tough, but I hope you don't have to keep proving it!

Maryann D. said...

Sending you positive thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery and a healthy happy new year!
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Renee said...

Wow! Here's hoping 2021 treats you and everyone else better than 2020!!

Jamie Martin said...

Sending a big, huge, healing hug. <3~

Theresa Mahoney said...

You've been to hell and back it seems! I know how bad those appendix pains can be. I never saw my husband cry until his appendix went bad. Thankfully, they were able to get it out before it burst and he's been pain free ever since. I was scheduled to have an ablation because of my bleeding last spring, but with Covid, everything got put on hold. Then I got too scared to call and reschedule once things started opening back up. Now, I'm even more scared with your description of the recovery process. I am thinking I might just call my OB and ask for a hysterectomy. I also have ovarian cysts that were supposed to disappear with time, but I'm still bleeding and in a lot of pain, so I think they might still be in there. Ugh! Female problems suck. Hope you are feeling better by now. I'll pray for lots of good health to come your way this year. Sounds like you could really use a break!

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