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.

My Uterus Is On To Me

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Oct 132014

(Warning: Menstrual TMI)

Friday’s the big day. I think my uterus is suspicious, the pills the doc gave me are less and less effective at preventing menstruation. At first I was just spotting a little, then a few weeks later it changed to a light period. A few weeks after that, a normal period.

Over the weekend it’s gotten heavier, this morning I’m having a fairly heavy flow and starting to pass some larger clots—not the palm-sized horrors I was seeing before, but still pretty alarming. And of course I get a sampling of the cramping and queasiness I used to have.

I don’t think a heavy period can undo all my hemoglobin improvements in four days. I just need to hold out until Friday and we can get the damn thing out before it kills me.

I Think My Uterus Is Winning

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Aug 132014

After several days of phone tag, my doctor finally got in touch with me. (While we were talking I gave her my cell number so she can reach me any time now.)

Now the plan is that I will have two iron infusions, a week apart. Then we’ll wait a month and do another hemoglobin count. So we’re looking at surgery in October if all goes well.

I feel like my uterus is fighting back. I’m on the hormone pills to keep me from menstruating, but I’m still spotting—as if my uterus is trying its damnedest to have a period. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if I woke up from the surgery and they told me the damn thing was booby-trapped and killed two people in the operating room.

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