A difficult time
Monday, April 07, 2014
In mid February I was shopping one day when I felt light headed this has happened before but usually rights itself when I sit down and have a drink. This time it didnt I passed out instead!!
I briefly came to in the ambulance and again in emergency but it was 2 hrs before I really was conscious. Even then it took the rest of the day for my pulse to come back to normal. It was thought to be a stroke but this has been ruled out,
Then I started a stomach ache. To cut a long story short I had a blockage in my bowel and spent the next 14days in hospital. Since I had had previous operations in the same area and because of my weight and age the surgeon decided to treat me conservatively which meant give me stuff to drink and hope they could clear it. They did!!
I heard later that as well as substantial narrowing of the large intestine the small intestine had twisted causing a total blockage. It untwisted itself.
Unfortunately I was unable to be fed during 13 of those days because my blood vessels collapsed and they couldnt get a feed line in and I couldnt eat or drink because I had a nasal gastric tube in and all I had was a saline drip great I lost 7kg (15lb approx.) Then they got the line in and sent me home with it for a couple of weeks in case it was needed again and it got infected!! This meant very strong antibiotics.
Not so great because I lost the weight so fast I lost muscle all the muscle I had worked so hard to build up over the last 4yrs!! I came home unable to walk more than 1 room distance before I had to sit down.
This was rather depressing I was back to using a walker, unable to go shopping and needing help with showering and basically relying on mu DH for most things!! This was not good as I am his carer as he needs help with things too!! What a pair of old crocks we had become the joys of aging definitely not gratefully!!
After a day of frustration a home I decided I had had enough with my loss of mobility and more important to me- my loss of independence. I had to get strong again I did it before so why not again but this time I know exactly what to do and have the DVDs already!!
So every day I do some Chair Exercise and force myself to walk that bit further both with the walker and without to make meals even though I have to rest at times and each day get stronger!!
It would have been so easy to give up when I was so mobility limited but what would I really have gained I would have lost so much more mobility, flexibility and independence as well as so much else!!
I am still undergoing tests to find out what is causing the narrowing of the large intestine and I may yet have to have an operation to rectify it and then will be back again at square one with mobility and if so Ill do it all again those of you who know me know I will never give up!!
By the way I put some of that 7kg(14lb) back but am still about 2kg (4.4lb) down from before I entered hospital and am maintain that loss however healthy food and regaining my health are my priority!!