Ready for my New Body Now

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May 122016

Last Tuesday I woke up and could barely walk.

Unfortunately my chiropractor is closed on Tuesdays, because he’s a human being and has to take days off to rest from his very physical job. But they were able to squeeze me in on Wednesday.

Seems I’ve aggravated that hip injury I had a few years ago. Apparently it’s fairly common for people to injure themselves in their sleep; the doc said that your muscles are all completely relaxed, so if you sleep in a position that stresses a joint, the muscles don’t protect you from injury as they would when you’re awake. Doctors call it a “slow sprain.” I must have slept like a pretzel Monday night.

Anyway, I went to the chiropractor last Wednesday and he was able to straighten me out a bit. Unfortunately with a sprain like this he can’t really fix it, it just has to take time to heal. But he can alleviate the pain and keep it from getting worse. After I saw the chiro I could almost walk upright.

So I’ve been hobbling around like a crippled thing again. Every day it’s a little better, but I’m pretty much ready to trade this body in for a new one without all these issues. It’s 2016, why can’t we do that yet?

Minor Setback

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Nov 072014

(Warning: TMI medical/female stuff)

Recovery has been going well, no bleeding after the first night, hadn’t taken any pain meds after the first few days, back to work, feeling fine. Then yesterday around 10:30 I suddenly started bleeding heavily. No idea why, I wasn’t doing anything strenuous (just sitting in a chair at work).

If it had been light bleeding I would have just gotten a maxipad and continued with work, but this was alarmingly heavy and included big clumps of tissue. So I excused myself from work and hied myself to the ER. I thought about texting Alpha Geek, but then decided to wait and see if it was really something serious. (Alpha Geek later informed me, with some exasperation, that any time I go to the ER it’s serious enough to let him know.)

The ER was crowded yesterday. I got triaged, they took my vitals, then I sat in the waiting room for about four hours. Luckily I had brought spare maxipads.

By the time a physician was available to have a look, the bleeding had stopped completely, and I felt like a drama queen for coming in at all. (“Really, I was bleeding very heavily before.”) But the doctor said it was just as well. Her speculation was that a scab had come loose and started the bleeding, and the bleeding stopped when the blood formed a new scab, but it was good that I’d come to the ER in case the scab had been on a larger artery and wound up bleeding really badly.

So they sent me on home, where I took a Tramadol and left a message for my surgeon about the incident in case she wanted to move my post-op visit up as a result.

Today I just worked a half day, then went to Barnes & Noble and bought a book to read over the weekend. I figure I’ll rest up and avoid heavy chores and hope the damn thing heals up more securely.

With the uterus gone and my hemoglobin up I’m feeling more energetic and wanting to be active, but apparently I’m not quite up for it yet.

Still Anemic

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Jul 072014

The doc gave me a prescription for a hormone which should stop me from menstruating, so I’ll have a chance to replenish the blood supply. She also told me to start taking some vitamin supplements; I have my doubts about the efficacy of vitamin supplements, but that won’t stop me from taking ’em until we get this sorted out. In a few weeks I’ll go back and get my blood tested again, and we’ll see if it’s improved enough to schedule surgery.

The hormones made me pretty queasy the first day, but I seem to have adjusted now. Alpha Geek tells me I look “less wilted,” and today my co-workers are saying I’m not as alarmingly pale as I have been the last week or two. I’ll take this as a good sign. I still get winded when I climb the stairs from the basement, but Rome wasn’t built in a day and all that.

But dammit, I was ready to have this over with.