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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 didn’t – 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 couldn’t get a feed line in and I couldn’t 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 – I’ll 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!!
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  • CYCLONE134
    1168 days ago
    Well hello to you too.....

    I wish I had known you were not doing so well! I'm not sure what I could have done but I would and will cheer you on!!!!! emoticon

    Take care my friend and I guess I better take notice because I was thinking to myself..... hum, I do that at the store all the time...... emoticon well not the ambulance ride but the dizzy part! emoticon
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  • KAREN608
    Thanks for letting us know. I was wondering how you were doing. Gaining muscle takes time, but you are determined, and good thing. I've seen many give up and sit in a motorized wheel chair and they didn't seem to last long without walking. So glad you are up and doing the best you can to regain your mobility.
    1173 days ago
    So sorry to hear this news but glad you are on the mend! Strong work getting back to being healthy. You are AWESOME!
    1173 days ago
    You are such an inspiration to all of us. You are like a rubber ball, you just keep bouncing back !!! WTG Emma, you are AWESOME !!!

    So glad to see you back and on the mend. You are loved !!!

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    1173 days ago
    So sorry for all you went through, Ann. I knew a woman..worked with her in fact, years ago, who had a similar experience. In pain, taken from work to the hospital and she had blockage from a twisted intestine. It was from all the scar tissue from a previous surgery that caused it. I think she had to have surgery to remove the scar tissue. So strange that that could happen to her! I hope they figure out what happened to you!
    You are a trooper...do the best you can! Since you are stronger from all the work you've done over 4 years, you will be back in shape before too long!
    Good for you to get back at it so soon...one day at a time! You can do it!! Hugs.
    1173 days ago
    You inspire me in your determination. So many of us are going to hit these types of situations on our journey. It sure can knock us over for a while, reminds me of a toy my son had when he was little. You could punch it and it would go over but then pop right back up. I am so sorry this happened to you but please know there are so many of us out here in SP cheering you on. love & hugs Dani
    1173 days ago
    So glad you're better. I know your advice and chair exercise resources were the inspiration for my own recovery from serious illness in the winter of 2013. Best wishes for the inspiration and perspiration you need now.
    1173 days ago
  • PEGGY11
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    You are an inspiration to me!
    Take it slow and be sure to follow the doctor's orders.
    You know what's necessary to regain the life you had and you have the strength, determination, and focus to do so. Have faith in yourself.
    That's a lesson I'm just learning - to have faith in myself and my abilities. I have regained all I had lost due to inactivity and eating everything in sight - now it's time to pull myself out of this dark hole and move forward.
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    1173 days ago
  • RDEE22
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    1173 days ago
    Sending you lots of healing thoughts and wishes!!!
    1174 days ago
    Sending you positive get well soon vibes...kudos to you for pushing through such a terrifying health crisis & getting back to moving your body however possible. I love the fact that you are doing chair exercises due to the mobility question. People underestimate the value of a good chair workout. Thank you for inspiring us to give it our all when times get tough!

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  • GRETA242
    So glad you are doing better! What a scary time for you :(
    1174 days ago
    Get well soon Ann. Sorry to hear about your ordeal.
    I hope they find out what is the cause of all this. emoticon
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