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Unread 11-18-2007, 09:58 AM
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Let's see....

Hyster on October 15th; nearly died in recovery, turns out I'm allergic to Morphine, and I bottomed out...

Home on the 17th, began with migraines which turned into a sinus infection, which I was medicated for, and then lo, I developed the stomach flu.

On the 22nd, I developed severe chest pain, and was readmitted via ER for (just like Helga) a pulmonary embolism (once again, possibly fatal), and spent three more days in the hospital. I also was given the blood thinners at that time.

Home at the end of the week with strict instructions to walk, and to be mindful of any other changes. I went back to work.

Then, on the 7th, I started feeling like garbage and went to bed early, only to wake at 3:00 a.m. to the worst pain I've ever felt in my life -- I thought it was gas, and took a Gas-X for it. I then promptly passed out from the pain, and kept doing so for the next four hours, when my husband took me BACK to the ER. After the appropriate testing, it was discovered I had a giant ruptured abscess in my pelvis (which AGAIN could have killed me), which had happened as a result of the blood thinners I was on for the embolism. I spent five days in the ICU, had an emergency surgery, enjoyed a lovely external drain for a week, had five veins blown from the massive rush to fill me with drugs by IV, and finally had a PICC line "installed" directly to my heart (basically). I naturally reacted badly to that, as well as all of the antibiotics, which led to explosive diarrhea (including the indignity of filthying my pants in the middle of the night), and that aggravated a nice hemmie -- which I am thoroughly enjoying along with a side dish of yeast infection....

So yes, I can relate. I am hopefully now actually on the road to recovery. Because I had to have the emergency surgery, they had to take me off the blood thinners and reverse the whole process. Oh, and did I mention the double blood transfusion? I'm telling you -- this was the most eventful month of my life... and now that I'm off the blood thinners, I have been given instructions to walk no less than 3 miles a day.

I am just enjoying playing go-fish with my girls, I am walking as told, and after the drain was removed this Thursday, I'm feeling a bit less like a character in The Matrix, and more like I can improve. This site has been an incredible web of support for me, and I don't know what I'd have done without it....

So take care. It could always be worse. That's what I keep clinging to. May you feel better soon, doll.
Take care,
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Unread 11-20-2007, 07:31 PM
1 in a thousand

wow girl, what a fighter u must be.
makes my little adventure sound like a walk in the park.
i too was alergic to the pain killer they were giving me, (made me have the weirdest nightmares) and i broke out in this rash on my back that drove me nuts itching and of course couldnt reach it to scratch.
had a large blood clot in my abdo, and then decieded to start bleeding where they couldnt detect and as i refused blood tranfusions they wanted to do another op to cut off the bleeding and get rid of the hemotoma. my hg went down to 6 (out of 14) so i had lost half my blood so i was in icu for 3 days, the doctors were very suprised at how fast i started to recover.
the bleeding stopped, i absorbed the clot and was home in 11 days.
That is when the hemoroid fun began. but i am all good now, still a little stiff and slow my hg is in double figures already,(drs said it would take 3 months, its taken 3 weeks)
i feel great, but i tire very easily, which is very frustrating but im doing as i am told and taking it easy.
I dont know about you but nearly dieing has changed my veiw on a lot of thing. i love the blue sky and can stare at it for ages, night sky too, at night when everyone is asleep i like to go out and just breath deeply and thank God i am still here with my babies. Things like the phone bill etc dont worry me so much any more and i feel closer to God than i ever have , My family appreciate me heaps more than before , so every thing is going great.

As you said, hystersisters have been an invaluable support and info network, i have made sure that the nurses in my ward tell everyone about it.

hope all is going well with u
all the best, take care, make sure you rest and dont over do it.


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