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8th-Mar-2014 01:10 pm
Actually, not much of anything other than the usual work, work, family, work. :)

I feel really rusty updating. I've let my writing slough off until LJ looks intimidating every time I'm logged on. I'm so used to a sentence or two being enough on my FB that more detail than that and I feel as though I'm talking to the air.

But I'm not. I'm talking to ya'll. :)

So in mid-January, I suddenly started feeling those horrible pain down my right side, which progressed to unbearable in about fifteen minutes. I called my brother (my husband was at work and initially unreachable), who drove over, threw me in his truck, and took me to the ER. The pain was so bad I thought I was going to have to throw up but no matter how bad things are, guaranteed that by the time you reach the ER, it will go away. And it did. But I described what I felt and they ended up doing an ultrasound, a regular one and a vaginal one (oh what fun that was).

Long story short, they couldn't find what was causing my pain but they did spot a fibroid in my uterus. The ER doctor also told me I was really anemic. And that made sense because I had been having incredibly heavy menstruation for the last six months. So heavy that I was getting very fatigued even when I wasn't on my period. I figured the fibroid and the heavy bleeding were related.

I made an appointment with my OB/GYN about a month later, and he confirmed what the ER said and I what I came to think. So he said he'd do a hysteroscopy, that he'd recess(?) the fibroid and possibly do an endo-something ablation, if he got in there (my uterus) and saw that it wasn't the fibroid causing the heavy bleeding.

An outpatient procedure that I had yesterday morning. It's amazing. I remember getting on the operating room table and literally the very next second, I was waking up in the recovery area. I'm usually a very healthy person. Other than my C-Sections, I've never had anything resembling a surgical procedure, and this was a relatively minor one to boot. But after I woke up, and all the way through the rest of the day and last night, and this morning, I have felt like I was hit by a truck. The cramping has mostly receded, thank God, but the dizziness and nausea has not. I've tried caffeine, food, water, and Ibuprofen and it's still not going anywhere.

So if anyone out there has gone through this before and has any tips that will get me back on my feet and away from the bobbing boat that has me so upended, I'd greatly appreciate it. I need to be back at work on Monday and I'd like to feel more human than I do right now. :)

8th-Mar-2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
Sorry, no advice, just *hugs*.
12th-Mar-2014 01:41 am (UTC)

9th-Mar-2014 02:06 am (UTC)
Aw, poor you. I had a laparoscopy/hysteroscopy/D&C the year before last and it knocked me on my ass for several weeks. I've been having what I think are pre-menopausal issues for the last 6 months, and often feel nauseous because of hormonal imbalances. I've been taking travel sickness medication, it works wonders. The active ingredient is Meclozine Hydrochloride. I just take one (the daily adult dose is 2, for travel sickness) and that normally does the trick, although you have to be careful because it can make you drowsy. I find I'm alright while I'm doing stuff but if I sit down to relax, I nod right off. Anyway, it might help get you over the hump. Take lots of probiotics as well, as they probably gave you a kick-ass antibiotic to prevent post-op infection, and that can kill all your good bacteria too, which will upset your tummy.

Feel better soon!
12th-Mar-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
The sickiness has receded but hasn't disappeared completely. If it keeps up, I will def take your advice and get some motion sickness pills. Never thought of that before! Thanks!
9th-Mar-2014 11:31 pm (UTC)
Have never gone through this, but wish you well - ASAP! ::hugs::
12th-Mar-2014 01:45 am (UTC)
Thanks, doll. *hugs*
10th-Mar-2014 12:07 am (UTC)
*hugs* I haven't had this surgery but I have had an out-patient one. They gave me valium to get through the pain. I took too many in my valium daze and threw up 24 hours later. But I mostly slept through the worst of it I guess. If you don't have to go to work on Monday, it sounds like you deserve a sick day or two.

Did they not give you any pain meds? I'm betting they did and you refuse to take it. ;p

Edited at 2014-03-10 12:08 am (UTC)
12th-Mar-2014 01:49 am (UTC)
I'm betting they did and you refuse to take it. ;p

How did you KNOW that? They gave me prescription Ibuprofen and this other thing that hubby says is like Vicodin. I took one pill and it seemed like my nausea got worse so I told him I wouldn't take it anymore.


I took the Friday off, I couldn't take Monday too. I'd come back to too much chaos. But the worst of it seems behind me (although yesterday I thought I was gonna keel over). The uterus still aches as though it hates me for doing bad things to it but that's what the Ibuprofen is for. :)
12th-Mar-2014 01:42 pm (UTC)
I knew that because I knew if you had a panic attack about possibly having to take blood pressure meds, you would be just as stubborn about pain meds. :P
13th-Mar-2014 01:14 am (UTC)
Stubborn? I'm not stubborn.

I'm assertive. :P
11th-Mar-2014 09:25 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping that you're feeling better now. I do miss you. I wish you would have emailed because I come with support!

I've had three major surgeries before and what you're feeling, it's a normal reaction to anesthesia. I actually threw up during my second surgery because of it. The last surgery, my doctor told me that people with "clean blood" (i.e. people who react strongly and quickly to anesthesia) tend to have stronger reactions as well. With all three of my surgeries, I felt sick for days after. I really just spent it in bed. It took me a few days before I felt up to eating at all.

I'm more concerned about your mystery pain though! I hope it was just that and you won't have the pain again. *hugs*
12th-Mar-2014 01:58 am (UTC)
I have decided that the mystery pain that sent me to the ER (which I normally avoid like the plague) was a trigger to find the cause of my anemia. It hasn't reappeared since then. *shrug*

And I know, I thought a thousand times to email you girls. I just have such a hard time communicating anything deeper than a status update of FB these days, and I never even mentioned this over there. *sigh*

But hey, I updated my Word recently and in three hours I hammered out 2000 words of a BtVS-era C/Aish fic. It won't be everyone's cuppa, but I really don't want to color in the lines with this one. :)
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