Exploratory surgery 2/15/2013 Very long post, much over due…
Day after valentines’ day I had to check in at 630 AM. Going to bed was unsuccessful, while it wasn’t my nerves keeping me up I just had a rough night’s sleep on and off maybe I had about 5 hours of sleep.
I did wake up and shower which I wasn’t sure I wanted to do, because it was so freaking cold. But I did and I did not wash hair thinking it would be OK to look a hot mess on this fine day.
Arrived for check in everything went smoothly there were only one other patient there that I was aware of. It was a pretty quiet morning and all the nurses were quick to get me hooked up and ready. The pre-op room was so tiny though my hubby, I and a nurse barely fit. At one point there were three nurses me and hubby- Whoa. I was in really good spirits and keeping a brave face for the hubby as he was much more nervous than I. Away I went, but not before starting first injection of drugs and a nearly teary good bye to the hubby.
Oh wait I forgot- not good news, I read the post op care during pre-op and it said I was having a hystoscopy which I didn’t think they were doing and I read I would have a catheter for that. Note for everyone even if the nurse scheduling you for surgery tells you aren’t going to have a catheter prepa
re anyways. Ugh I didn’t trim or clean up down there since I didn’t think anyone would be heading that far south. The surgical nurse said I am pretty sure even if you’re not having the hystoscopy (looking in my uterus) we will still be putting in a catheter. OMG! Embarrassed!!! Best thing is they put it in and took it out while I was under so it saved me some humility of seeing them foraging through my dark forest.
I go in gowned lay down; someone makes a joke and then lights out for me. I am still perplexed how they un-gown me and re-gown me all dead weight but maybe that is a mystery I don’t need to find an answer too.
Lights up, and hello pain and dry mouth and no hubby in sight. I really was hoping he would be right there when I woke up but I guess he was in is car instead of waiting room so it took him a few minutes to come back. Then I was like um did my period start cuz I gots bad cramps. Oh and I can’t talk because my mouth is so dry and my throat feels like I have sudden onset of strep. Nurse asked if I wanted a pain killer and I was like, will the pain go away on its own. She gave me the pain meds and I had relief long enough to get some ice chips and water. Then hello cramps again. The cramps where not the worst I have ever had but it was defiantly not a party I wanted to be at. Then the nurse asked if I wanted to take some Ibuprofen. Well surely she knows I haven’t had anything to eat in 12 hours, I say I can’t take those without eating? I can’t eat because I am in pain from cramps and what happened to the last dose you gave me 20minutes ago? Why has the pain come back so quickly? She goes on to say it’s a quick relief IV injection. Um hellllloooo are you serious! She gave me another dose and I realized as soon as I got relief Cue in handing me pictures of my innards. I think my hubby was the one to tell me that they found endo and the doctor told him they had cauterized it all. Anxiety Anxiety Anxiety!!! I was so upset I wanted to cry then I want a xanax. I didn’t ask for one because I didn’t know if it was appropriate. My blood pressure was fine though but still I was freaking out.
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I needed to eat so I could take the ibuprofen. They gave me saltine crackers OMG I still have dry mouth so the crackers are just sticking to my throat and choking me!!! But I managed to chock down four crackers and four cups of water, then took the ibuprofen.
The nurse said they had great muffins, sparking my curiosity because I know I would need to eat. She brought in a blueberry muffin that looked just like hospital food. This nurse must not have taste buds. I took a small piece and quickly realized BAD idea as it stuck to the back of my throat. I think they were trying to kill me (just kidding).
Cue pressure in my bladder, strange if they had a catheter in why would my bladder be full? So they took me to the bathroom. Lose my dignity a little because I am a modest person when it comes to my body and areas that don’t see the light of day so to have someone take off my hospital panties that had this huge hospital tampon was less than I would of liked.
Shortly after we headed home- One short stop at Panda Express. Hubby had to go to Costco to pick up the script of Norco. Whoa that’s a bit strong right!! I only took three of them over the next two days as I felt it was a bit strong for my pain.
Knock Knock Knock at the door from flower delivery man, while I was surprised I was also think oh man I look amazing! First I thought the hubby got me flowers which was strange because he has just gotten me some two days prior for valentines’ day. Low and behold my dear friend who just had her baby sent them to me. Oh and did I cry. Maybe it’s the drugs but I was supper emotional after the surgery.
Gas pain like no other! It felt like I sliced something open but it was just gas pains lord almighty that was painful. And your uterus will bleed a bit in anger from its trauma.
I have a post of check in a week so I will wait to hear what my OB thinks about the severity of the endo. Dr. Google makes me think it is very mild. Most are pretty young in development except the one in the “cult-d-sack” behind my uterus. I am working hard to be optimistic because right now IVF isn’t an option for us because of the cost.