So my last blog post was 2nd September & I was wishing everyone a happy new month ahead, unfortunately for me I’ve had a bit of a mare, hence the lack of blogs but I’ve had a lot of messages from you guys this week saying you’re missing my blogs so here’s an update…
On the 4th I started feeling a bit off colour & was getting a lot of pain in my stomach & back. I thought I’d pulled a muscle so was using heat packs & swallowing ibuprofen & paracetamol but they weren’t helping. So on Saturday 7th I was bundled into the car after a call to 111 who made an appointment for me to be seen at a walk in centre at the hospital, I was thinking what a waste of time it was but when I got there the doctor said he was sending me straight to the surgical assessment unit at another hospital 😳 WTF! I thought it was all a bit dramatic for a pulled muscle but the doc I saw thought it was appendicitis so off I went.
The pain gradually getting worse as the morning went on. When I got to the hospital I was given IV paracetamol & then morphine plus I was put on a fluid drip. Pain & drug combo triggered a seizure (apparently as I was told afterwards the crash button was pressed & a call was accidentally put out as a cardiac arrest so within seconds my bed was surrounded with doctors & nurses 😱) when I came too my throat & neck were killing me & felt like I’d been strangled. Apparently I’d stopped breathing & they were trying to open my airways & tried to shove a tube down my throat which made me gag & breath lol talk about serious drama! 😝 I then had the usual blood tests etc & given an X-ray. I was then admitted to the surgical ward & on the Sunday I had an ultrasound & on the Monday they decided to operate. 😳 what the heck this all escalated quickly!
As I was nil by mouth they gave me sponge lollies that I was allowed to dip into water & wet my lips with. I think it was about 2:30pm when I went down to theatre & I remember waking up in recovery in absolute agony & there seemed to be some confusion as to what had been done when I asked & all they could tell me was my appendix had been removed but the surgeon had also done another procedure as well & he would explain when he came to see me 😱
I was on oxygen & morphine for the rest of the night & felt rather pantso to say the least. I wasn’t wheeled back to the ward until nearly 7pm.
I then had a Bridget Jones moment because of all the IV fluid I was being given I desperately needed a wee but wasn’t allowed to get up! I tried to explain that my track record of weeing laying down wasn’t good & didn’t usually end well but I was told that was my only Option 🙈 & my predictions were right & they ended up changing me & the bed! I came to the conclusion that dignity had left the building 2 days previously & I’d have to pick it up at the door when I left! 🤣
To add to the situation when they were changing me I saw I had 3 dressings on my stomach but not one where I was expecting one so I lay there thinking OMG they’ve done the wrong operation! I asked the nurses what had happened but they didn’t know so I had to wait all night until the surgeon came to see me in the morning – which happened to be my Birthday! (Extreme measures to go too to get breakfast in bed hey! 🎂 🤣) anyway he explained that he’d performed an appendectomy & had gone in from the other side because of the size of the tools ⚒ which is why there was no dressing where my appendix had been taken. I asked why I had 3 dressings & he said while he was operating he found a tumour on my bowel that had twisted it so he’d had to remove that too! So essentially I’d had 2 ops in one😱 he even had photos of it to show me! 😝
This was all a bit of a shock to be honest to find myself in hospital in the first place. (Thankfully the tumour was benign!) I lay there thinking Happy Birthday 🥳 M!
The first thing I did was google how much an appendix weighs thinking its removal might have led to dramatic weight loss lol but was disappointed that it was only a few ounces 🤣
The ladies I was sharing a ward with were lovely & had got me a Birthday card & all signed it & they requested a song on hospital radio for me which was so sweet of them! My over the bed table was soon filled with birthday cards that had been brought in & 🦸♂️ bought in a helium birthday balloon & banner which he fixed to the end of my bed & fairy cakes for everyone on the ward.
It all felt a bit surreal to be honest. My Mum & Dad came to visit me with Birthday prezzies & I was speechless as they’d bought me a camera, I’ve wanted one for so long & it totally made my day! I was so excited to be able to get home & start snapping!
The physio came round to see me too to try & get me up but as I rely on crutches to manoeuvre because of the FND I really struggled as they put a lot of pressure on your stomach! So I ended up being wheeled backwards & forwards to the bathroom & being supervised! 🙄
That evening my fab friend Grace & her boyfriend came to see me which totally made my day! (thanks guys!)
On the Wednesday I was feeling pantso but managed a few steps on the crutches. I then had another seizure! The ward suddenly became extremely noisy as well which was triggering my sensory overload which I now get thanks to FND & it was all feeling a bit too much so I asked if I could go home on the Thursday & they agreed I could!
On the Sunday I managed to get locked in the bathroom 🤪 & had to be handed a screwdriver through the window so I could unscrew the handle, I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry but was grateful I wasn’t home alone at the time 🤣
That next week was a wipe out I felt so rough but was trying to do what I could when I could. The weather was still warm so I layed in the garden practising with my new camera snapping pics of the birds which I later entered into An Essex Wildlife Trust competition.
Once I was home 🦸♂️ presented me with a beautiful pandora necklace for my birthday & a beautiful pen engraved with my first name & then an authors ‘novel scribble book’ with my ‘pen name’ personalised on it! Encouraging me to write! So I was brave & entered a flash fiction writing competition that week too, never written flash fiction before but as I was having a coffee the required 300 words came to me so I thought what the heck enter it girlie, so I was a little productive! Lol
That week I had loads of flowers delivered & my home looked like a florists, so beautiful! 💐
I was hoping I’d be well enough to go to a Prosecco festival on the 21st during the day with the girlies that had been arranged ages ago for my Birthday. I decided on the morning that I would definitely go & ended up wearing a dress because I was too sore for zip & buttons & I wore a beautiful necklace that my little man had given me for my Birthday too. We had such a lovely time – we were VIP’s & had our own table. There was a Live band & lots of lovely bubbles! We bought a very special bottle so I got to ring the bell & it was yummy! I even had my face glittered. 🤣
🦸♂️ picked us up & then when we got home we went to the marina for a drink & then a local pub & had seafood platters.
I was running out of oomph by 9pm so came home. Tired, sore but had made fantastic memories with special friends!
On the Sunday 🦸♂️ was on a gardening mission for me taking down the pool for the winter & using his new power tool (boys toy) to cut back all the hedges. I was on supervision duties but managed to fall over in the garden 😱 not the best move after stomach surgery! My stomach swelled up even more & I’ve basically felt like I was going to burst so yesterday decided I better get checked out at the docs who said ‘I’m sending you straight to hospital’ what the heck! She thought I may have internal bleeding😳 seriously!!!
So got to the hospital at 10am was told I was nil by mouth, had bloods taken etc then X-ray & scans & had to then wait at which point the last few weeks caught up with me I think & I was a blubbering wreck & couldn’t stop crying 😢 was having an emosh afternoon lol but was thankful to 🦸♂️ for holding my hand, wiping my tears & being supportive. Also hugely grateful to a dear friend who called me during that time & spoke to both of us making sure I was ok & not losing the plot completely lol (thank you special lady you know who you are!) 💕
I found out late afternoon that thankfully it’s not internal bleeding but bruising & trauma from the op & fall 🙈 & I could go home with instructions to rest!
Phew what a day that was! By the way 🦸♂️ please think of a better date location than hospital for this weekend I’d like to do something nice & I’m not nil by mouth anymore 🤣 ☕️ 🍰 🥂
So there you have it Septembers shenanigans! Apologies if I’ve waffled on, I’ve been processing it all at the same time as writing it & I’ve told it as it is.
I feel like I’ve been a character in Holby City lately & I’m now trying to avoid hospitals; well until next Friday anyway when I’ve got to go for a mammogram! 😜
If women ran the world 👇🏻🤣
Going to sign off now & wish you all a happy weekend. Huge thanks to everyone for all your lovely messages, especially #TeamAwesome my Tweethearts 💜
Appreciate you all,
Until next time… #Namaste 🕉