Wednesday, April 15, 2009
ARGH, so this is my second time typing this out. I HATE losing stuff!! I accidently hit the escape key earlier after hobbling back from the bathroom.
This is a little lengthy so bare with me.
So we got to the hospital just as the rain started. Thank goodness we got there early; I would have hated riding with Jason in a real downpour. He was stressing as it was because he didn't know where we were going and I was texting (I can do two things at once!).
So we got checked in and had to wait for about an hour before they called me back to get changed. I went back then they put me in the hospital gown and put in the IV. The nurse put a numbing agent in first which helped a lot. It still stung a little but was better than what it could have been. Everyone was so nice.
I met my nurses, my anesthesiologist and my doctor stopped by. I had about a 2 hour wait after getting settled in. Jason and my girlfriend were able to sit with me while I waited (my brother stayed home and made sure my daughter was picked up after school). I was not allowed to eat anything after midnight so by the time my surgery rolled around, I was pretty hungry. But that was a good sign because it means I was pretty relaxed about it all; my stomach really churns when I'm really stressed out.
I sat there for so long that I really had to go potty. That was a fun trek because the nurse had to carry my bag to the bathroom with me. I was sure to flash my rear (on purpose) at my visitors on the way out of the room though!
Shortly after, I gave Jason a kiss as they rolled me out of the room. The anesthesiologist pumped something into my line and told me to let her know when it started working. I asked her what I was supposed to feel and she said like I'd had a couple of glasses of wine (I don't drink wine?) but after a couple of minutes told her I was starting to feel it (it kind of relaxed me a bit). I could feel everything they pumped into me – it rolled up my arm, across my chest then worked its way south.
I no sooner got put on the surgical bed before I passed out. I had no warning like I did before – last time I felt the room go dark, this time I just passed out. I woke up at 4:10 (my surgery was scheduled for 1:30 but I know it was a little after that when they got started) and was trying to calculate how long I was out but my mind was still a little foggy. A nurse was standing at my side looking at my chart and the first question I croaked out was whether I had endometriosis. She took a look and said yes, they took out quite a bit. Not that I wanted to have it, but I FINALLY got an answer as to why I'm not getting pregnant. That was actually a relief.
Then the nurse asked me on a scale of 1 to 10, how was my pain and I told her about a 5; I still had a lot of gas inside and it was hurting quite a bit. She put some STRONG pain medicine in and I felt it take the trail described earlier.
It only took a couple of minutes and they rolled me over to Jason. He confirmed that the doc spoke with him and said that on a scale of 1 to 4 for the endometriosis, I was at a 2. Not terrible but bad enough; the doc also told him that it was at an area that prevented the sperm from reaching the eggs. I nearly cried when he told me that; not because it made me sad but because it was such a relief. Now let's just hope everything else works from here out.
So I sat with Jason for a few minutes (my friend had to go to work) and the nurse gave me some water and crackers. I got sick from the pain medicine - that surprised me because I don't usually get sick from medicine. It must have been REALLY strong. I threw up three times before it passed and it was starting to get late – around 6 or so when the nurse made me move to get dressed. I'm glad she did because I would have babied myself (I hate puking more than anything else in the world) to prevent puking again. Once I got up the nausea passed, thank goodness!
So I got changed and Jason drove me home. The pain medicine was still working when I got home and I was getting very hungry again so I made dinner – just hotdogs and mac-n-cheese. Jason and I went to bed around 10:00 and the stupid phone rang at 11:00 – I wanted to kill my brother! Anyway, I didn't sleep real well because I had to get up to potty and the medicine was wearing off. I can't sleep for a long time on my side because my hips hurt so I tried on my back and then my back hurt!
After Jason left for work, I took some pain medicine. I stood in the kitchen and talked with my brother and daughter a bit and had to take my wedding ring off because my hands are so swollen (it took soap and water to get it off). My brother drove my daughter to school, dropped off and picked up my prescription and took some forgotten homework to school for Jen. That was good of him. When he left, I went back to bed for a while and was able to sleep somewhat on my stomach. I finally got up around 10:30 and have been watching movies with my brother. When I got up, my face was swollen in addition to my swollen hands and feet. I left a message for my doctor's office to see if that is normal. I've been experiencing some swelling over the last couple of months, but not quite this bad. And I didn't have the swelling last year when I had the laparoscopy.
I have more soreness this year than I had last year, but I guess it's because the doctor moved so much more stuff around to find the endometriosis. I guess I'll be on the pain meds for a couple of days; last year I didn't have to take any pain medicine. But hey, as long as the end result is positive I'll be happy. And if the end result is positive, I would do this all over again.
So that's my story for now. I'll post more updates as things progress.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Well, I'm down to a week; I'm half excited, half anxious about it. My last one went so smoothly but this is a different doctor and he's going to be moving a lot more stuff around so I'm not sure how sore I'm going to be.
I haven't done a lot of exercising the last two nights because I've been so busy in the evenings. Monday night I had to go grocery shopping because we were so busy over the weekend that I couldn't do it. After shopping, I had to make dinner and go straight to bed because I was exhausted. Last night we had an Audubon meeting (then dinner, check emails and bed) and tonight will be laundry but I can exercise and do laundry. I'm planning on doing the Jillian Michael's video again but I'm catching my daughter's cold (my throat starting getting raw last night and is a little sore this morning). If I'm feeling too lousy I won't be able to exercise even though I want to. Ah, such is life. Exercise shall resume as soon as I'm feeling well enough after surgery, assuming I do have a cold now.
I'm falling behind on training with the group but I'm beginning to feel like even though I'd love to complete a 5K or a half marathon, I can't be a super-athlete right now because I am trying to get pregnant (too much exercise can mess with the hormones, see "Menstrual Dysfunction" at emedicine.medscape.com/article/89260
-overview ). I'm going to continue on with Jillian and some bike riding but I may have to pass on the heavy training until after I either have a baby or give up the dream. But I'll continue cheering everyone on!
Have a great rest of the week!
Everyone was Kungfu fighting!
I love this pic!
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Well, I did Jillian Michaels twice this week so far since my neck is finally healed. Monday was cardio and last night was strength. I work with 3 lb dumbells and can't complete the whole video with the weights. I'll get there though, it'll just take some time.
Tonight will be cardio again. I love these video's even though I'm cussing her out during some of the video because it's so challenging! My muscles feel a bit sore but stronger today than they did over the weekend so I love it. It helps that I admire Jillian so it makes it easier to keep doing it.
Have a great day!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Although I'm still feeling a bit "off", I'm gearing up for exercise tonight which I believe will make a huge difference.
I think there were several factors in my low mood yesterday. My daughter just turned 16, my husband was getting irratated by her, I'm on my period, I'm stressed over finances, I'm feeling a little isolated from my Spark ladies because most of them live so far south and I have so many people relying on me and it's quite wearing.
Those relying on me (or us as in me and Jason) is his parents (his step-dad has cancer and they require our help often), our rehab friends (they need so much help with so many things), my brother (not so bad but he talks SO MUCH and he's not able to contribute financially yet [LONG story] even though he's living with us) and then my dad lives in NC and he's going to be 84 and I worry so much about him.
Jennifer has been spending more time with her dad and that unnerves me a bit; all of a sudden he has all this extra money and I'm trying to figure out where its coming from when I'm struggling so much. I can't be the fun parent like he's been giving her lately - in the last two weeks he's taken her to Mideval times, Makotos, and I don't know where else.
Anyway...I'm trying to overcome the weight of all this and I think training for the half marathon is what I need. I need to focus on me a little and not everyone/everything else.
On the up side: My business ethics professor only has my final exam to grade (worth 200 points) and to date I have a 97.75% in that class. That makes me feel very good!
Thanks for listening, I guess I just needed to get it off my chest...
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