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Unread 12-24-2004, 09:23 PM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday.

I had a really bad scare yesterday and I was hoping to get some reassurance or maybe someone else that has gone through the same thing. This is long...sorry in advance.

I was ten days post op (TVH) yesterday and I had called my Dr with concerns about spotting. I have been spotting bright red blood every day since I came home from the hospital. The nurse told me that my bleeding was normal, but she was very rude and short and I was considering completely changing doctors after this conversation with her. (It was the "last straw" of many incidents with my doctor's office) I wasn't VERY concerned about the bleeding, but I was hoping for some reassurance from my Dr. to put me more at ease.

Well, about an hour after I got off the phone with the nurse (after the office was closed), I went into the bathroom and just started bleeding terribly. I was absolutely terrified because there was soooo much blood and it just kept bleeding and large clots were coming out. (sorry so graphic) We called the doctor on call and she sent me to the emergency room. I was going through two pads in an hour at this point. The E.R. Dr. did a pelvic exam, but didn't want to do anything. He said that he wanted my OB/GYN Dr to do it because it wasn't his specialty. The OB/GYN Dr. told him (on the phone) to pack my vaginal cavity and meet him in the office the next morning. So...I was packed and sent home. I bled through the packing and another pad within the next hour of leaving the hospital. My DH and I were really concerned at this point because I had been bleeding like this for about six hours. We called the OB/GYN again and she said to just stay home (with packing staying in) and meet the on-call Dr. in the morning as planned. I was up the entire night...bleeding through a pad every half hour...I ruined my bedsheets (bled on them), and ruined three pairs of pants with the bleeding. I was so scared and so uncomfortable. It was really an awful experience.

After bleeding all through the night (16 hours at this point), I finally met the on-call Dr at the office in the morning. He said that it was only the second time in his entire career that he had seen anything like it and that I might have a rare blood clotting disorder. Apparently, as my stitches are dissolving the blood is not clotting in the spaces left open by the dissolving stitch. I am just bleeding through. He used an artificial blood clotting agent to stop the bleeding (very, very painful exam and procedure for me) and sent me on my way home today. He said that I shouldn't be surprised if it happens again when the other stitches dissolve. I am really frightened. I am scared to do anything that will start the bleeding again.

I really got the feeling that my Dr.'s office didn't care about the bleeding or the problem. (until he actually saw the bleeding) I am scared and unsure of how my recovery will proceed from here.

Has anyone else ever gone through something like this? You are all so supportive...I could really use some advise or just a thought on all of this.

Thank you all for being here. (and I'm sorry my post is sooo long)

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Unread 12-24-2004, 09:59 PM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

WOW.. I was fortunate to have a great recovery time with nothing unexpected. If I were you, I believe I would be looking for a new Doctor. There is no excuse for the officer personel, or the doctor to treat you the way you were treated. You are paying THEM!
Im sorry this happened to you.
Good luck with the rest of your recovery.
Unread 12-24-2004, 10:20 PM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

I am so sorry you had to go through all that....scary...you should get a new doctor asap....it doesn't sound as if they were listening to you at all! I did not have any bleeding problems, but I just wanted to tell you to please find a new doctor and I hope you are feeling better soon ((hugs)) & tc
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Unread 12-24-2004, 10:22 PM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

You poor thing. I'm surprised no doctor found this disorder before you had the surgery. But if there is another OB/GYN doctor in your area, I would certainly go for a second opinion and to see if something can be done so it doesn't happen again. I pray you can stay okay through the holiday weekend and can enjoy some time together with your family. Barbara
Unread 12-24-2004, 10:35 PM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

Anne - you don't have time to go through the normal channels of getting a new Doc. If this is still happening, you need to get to a different ER, ASAP. I can't believe they would just pack you and send you home. That sounds totally wrong - and life-threatening for you.
When you are bleeding like that after a surgery, it is cause for total alarm.
Did they do a blood draw while you were there to at least get your hemoglobin count? If you know it, let us know here. If you bleed like that for another day or two, you'll probably need a transfusion.
I'm so sorry to hear that is happening. I know it must be very frightening for you. Be your own advocate and demand the care that you need.
I haven't had any bleeding as a complication post-op, but I had a fibroid that caused massive life-threatening hemoraging, and that is why I'm so concerned about you and the amount of blood it sounds like you lost.

Unread 12-25-2004, 05:43 AM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

no wonder you were scared. did they not check your clotting factors before surgery? make sure they do a full blood count now in case your haemoglobin has got low and you need some top-up! poor you,don't take any <Oops! Please don't try to override the website censor. >!
Unread 12-25-2004, 09:08 AM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

Thank you all sooo so much. It means so much to me to have you to talk to about this. My DH has been there (and very supportive) the whole time, but I don't know if he understands how scared I am and how worried about the recovery I am.

They did draw blood while I was in the ER, so I am ssuming that everything they tested for came back o.k. I has blood tests done before the surgery, but honestly I have NO idea what tests were done. After the Dr mentioned the clotting disorder (possibility), he didn't mention it again and I was so overwhelmed...it didn't even occur to me.

Thankfully, the incision has remained dry since yesterday when the Dr. treated me with the artificial clotting agent. I have a two week post op check up on Tuesday and I will try to summon the courage to bring all of this up with the doctor. I get very intimidated around doctors and I have a hard time causing any sort of conflict with them. I know that sounds so lame...I will try my best. My DH has no problem with causing conflict with the doctor and he'll be there for support.

I am trying to stay rested and calm, but it's been hard with Christmas and having family gatherings and such. We have three young boys (the lights of my life ) and it's very difficult to stop myself from bending, lifting, helping with presents, etc. My DH is trying to keep an eye out, I think.

I am still very worried about the bleeding starting again (with a new stitch or because of the first leaks) and I am wondering about my recovery time now. The Dr. that treated me yesterday (on-call doc, not my regular OB/GYN...) said that my recovery would remain the same and that I should be able to continue all two week normal activity. Does that sound right? I think I should be a little more carfeul, but he seemed less than concerned about it. I don't know what to think. I guess I'll find out Tuesday, but now I'm even a little hesitant to listen to my own doctor.

Thank you all for letting me vent about this. Your support is making this easier for me and I truly appreciate that. I am keeping a positive attitude (trying...lol) and I am still so grateful to have had the sugery.

I hope you all enjoy this day! Merry Christmas!!
Unread 12-25-2004, 02:11 PM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

Anne, I feel so sorry for you! This must have been such a traumatizing experience. Some doctors can be real (BEEP!) and I wouldn't blame you for a second if you decided to stop seeing him.

I do think you should rush to the ER if the scary bleeding starts all over again. That is not normal and you deserve to have a solution for your problem and not leave the hospital feeling more scared than when you first went in.

I'll be thinking of you!

Unread 12-25-2004, 02:41 PM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

Don't let the doctors intimidate YOU. You are paying them. They can be wonderful ... I thank God daily for my OB/GYN lately. She is the most wonderful doc that I've ever had. My SO goes to her. My daughter goes to her. Several friends go to her. NOBODY has the right to treat you the way these people have done.

VLBD (and everyone else) is RIGHT. You deserve better. I was told that if I saw ANY AMOUNT of bright red bleeding to call my doc immediately.

It may help to write out what a sort of timeline of what happened to you. Including as many details and names as you can remember and take that with you to your appointment. At a minimum they owe you an apology. And some type of assurance and/or back up plan for if this happens again. PLUS you need to find someone who treats you like the princess you are!
Unread 12-25-2004, 03:04 PM
emergency room severe bleeding 10 days out

Dear Anne,

Oh poor thing! I had this happen before my surgery and had to go to the emergence room. It wasn't caused by a clotting disorder though. I know how frighteded I was and how it must have been for you.
You will have to decide, but I agree you should consider looking for another dr. I am glad to hear you have an appt. on Tues. It is also good that your dh is going with you. You are in no shape to have to stand up to a dr who is possibly not doing his job. I would suggest you and dh sit down and write out your questions. Talk about your questions and concerns and be prepared to explain just how you felt about how you were treated when this occurred. If it were me I would be looking for some real assurance in the answers this dr would give and if it wasn't there I would be looking for a new dr.
You were told to expect this to happen again. You need to make sure you are clear about what you are to do when it does.
I hope you and your family have had a very good day and that you have been letting your hubby take care of things. You need to rest. It sounds like the clotting issues are there no matter what you do, but you need your rest to heal and you just aren't ready to be doing much.
I wish you well and hope you don't have to go through this again. Keep us posted on your progress.

Blessings, Rita

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