What an unforgettable week! I had my first surgery (ever) yesterday (Friday). The morning started so early, my hubby and I woke up at 4 so we could do my pre-surgery prep before we left for the hospital at 5. I got called into pre-op about 5:30a.m. and they worked quickly and efficiently to get me in a gown and set up in a nice warm bed. The nurses were amazing, they walked me through the process of what to expect and made sure I was comfortable.
The only thing that was tough was finding a vein for an IV line. I’ve been so sick since 11/15, my body is worn out. It took two tries but they finally got an IV line in! YAY! I met my anesthesiology team and both the nurse and doctor was awesome. My OB came in and she made sure I knew what was going on and was comfortable and ready. I kissed hubby by and me, the nurse, the anesthesia nurse, and my OB all went to the OR together. It was a smaller room than I anticipated, my last memory was being told it was going to be all ok by my OB.
I woke up in pain and nausea but the PACU group worked quickly to make sure I was taken care of quickly. I went back to sleep and woke up to the most adorable teddy bear to cuddly (thanks to my amazing hubby) and then I woke up again when they were getting me ready to go home. I crawled into bed and slept on and off all afternoon.
My OB went in and did a D&C, and she also was able to find a huge fibroid. It was taking up 3/4s of my uterus and she believes it was likely the cause of the severe bleeding that led to the sepsis and other downhill spin of my health since 11/15. She was able to get the whole thing cut out and amazingly everything was done via vaginal scopes so no external incisions….just internal. The pain was severe but my OB said in a few weeks I should be feeling better, I can’t lift anything over 10 pounds and I have my post-op appointment with her in two weeks.
Fast-forward to this morning, I woke up at 6a.m in severe pain, beyond the pain of my surgery. I could not breath without almost screaming. I took my asthma inhalers, took some pain meds, and then tried to go back to sleep. I woke up again at 8 and realized something was wrong. Matt called the OB on call and she said try a shower and if the steam didn’t help me feel better, I needed to get to the ER.
We tried the shower, and nothing changed. So we packed up and to the ER we went (mind you this was my 4th ER visit since 11/15!). We got seen amazingly fast, they did chest x-rays, labs, and CAT scan with contrast. The verdict….some how in the less than 24 hours since my surgery…I’ve developed pleurisy. Breathing is torture, and add the surgery pain..a whole new level of misery! 😦
I know what I will be doing the next two weeks — sleeping and taking pain meds!!! However, I am very happy my OB was able to find the fibroid, my biggest anxiety pre-surgery was not having surgery but it was her opening me up and finding nothing. Which would mean no answer to the sever bleeding and less hope of treatment being successful. Knowing she was able to find and remove a huge fibroid, gives me peace that I should not have the severe bleeding re-occur, she will continue to monitor me and I am thankful that the surgeries (D&C and the myomectomy) were successful and hopefully my body bounces back quickly.
I am so sad I’m missing my friend Joy’s graduation. I was supposed to travel this Thursday, but I know that is not possible. Now we are praying and hoping that I will be ready to travel (albiet slowly) on the 21st when I fly to C-town and then on the 26th when we are scheduled to travel to Seattle/Canada.
Pray for us, we are so grateful for all the thoughts, prayers, food, love and encouragement from all! We appreciate each and every one of you!
P.s. I’ll post some pictures too, they are just on my phone, see next post