And what a wild ride it is.
I plan to not only blog every day in March, as I have in the past, but to backtrack and fill in a lot of stories from the times in between. Believe me, it’s worth it.
Get your yellow on, kids, and e-mail your photos — be you survivor or supporter — to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll share them here and at the Endo Sucks! group on Facebook.
Now for today’s post: A charming piece of nostalgia circa July 2010, when I underwent my third laparoscopy and hysteroscopy, another D&C, cystoscopy with hydrodistension (for interstitial cystitis), and a whole lot more. Brought to you by endometriosis and adenomyosis:
I look pretty miserable in this 3-days post-op photo, after my outpatient surgery turned into a four-day ordeal, during which I was housed in the maternity wing of Houston Medical Center in Warner-Robins, Ga. (adding insult to injury). My several hours in surgery resulted in the untangling of my left sigmoid colon and ureters; the freeing and event…ual removal of my right ovary and fallopian tube; masses of scar tissue and endometriosis removed from my pouch of douglas/cul-de-sac, intestines, bladder, uterus and right ovary; a D&C; round ligament resuspension, and even a few more smaller tests. It also resulted in an infection that kept me hospitalized for three days until my temperature and WBC were both stable. Photos don’t do the swelling justice; every few hours a nurse would come from the lab to check my blood, and every one of them congratulated me on my baby. One nurse came in frantic at 4 a.m. searching for my child and birth certificate. When we returned home to Florida on day 4 post-op, my boyfriend and I went to pick up a pizza. The women sitting while waiting for their order made the boy sitting with them give his seat up for me. Well, guess it’s not all bad. (Except for the near-week of shoulder pain from absorbing gas from surgery. That’s 100 percent bad.)