You read correctly … that is exactly what I had.
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared what has been happening, in my life, with my health. I apologize for being withdrawn; however, I have been going through a crazy/scary life experience. I’m not the first (or the last) to go through this but that fact doesn’t make it any easier to actually get through it! It’s always harder when something hits home.
For several months I had ignored my health. By the time last October came around I knew something was wrong with me but I didn’t really know what. At first the doctor thought I had fibroid cysts. Some women have large fibroid tumours, so much so that it takes up the entire abdominal area! Some tumours can weigh 50 pounds! The largest reported fibroid weighed 140 pounds! These facts scared me because the way my stomach was growing made the probability of having fibroid cysts very high … I accepted the fact and looked forward to the removal of the cysts. I was instructed to undergo several tests, and so I did.
Ultra sound, blood work, and then CT scan … finally, the doctors discovered what I had. Unfortunately, it was discovered that I had borderline mucinous tumours and that they were big enough to be a concern. Not only was size a concern; the fact that I had tumours on both sides made it very serious. This was certainly a scary circumstance that I found myself in. One tumour was a “complicated” tumour, which means there is one tumour inside another (two in one) and it was 32×28 cm. The other tumour was 12x10x10 cm … not as large but not small either.
You may have noticed the pictures I shared on Instagram, Facebook, and even Twitter. You know me by now; if I can help one person by sharing my experience then it’s worth it. I shared pictures of my experience going through the removal of my tumours, and a full hysterectomy…even my appendix was removed!
I was fortunate to have an appointment with the top OBGYN oncologist; head of the department in fact! She told me that I had no choice but to go through with my surgery; she did an awesome job! I basically spent 3 days in the hospital and then sent home to recover over the next 6-8 weeks. Not bad, eh? Obviously I’ve skipped a lot of details; however, it was basically a straightforward type of thing. Done.
I was healing quite nicely and even went to my follow up appointment and was given the “Good” stamp. All was going as well as it possibly could until April 13th when I started feeling a migraine, major chills, and then a fever. I was rushed to the hospital with a 40.4 degree fever! After what seemed like a million tests, they concluded that I had a post-op pelvic infection! Yay me! I ended up staying 2 weeks in the hospital hooked up to an IV drip, including a potent antibiotic drip. Long story short, I just wanted to come home. I was sent home with a continued infection, a drain, and a prescription for antibiotics.
I finally arrived home April 26th! Whew, that was a long stay!
Guess what? As I write this today (April 30th), I am feeling pain inside my abdomen…I’ll be visiting the emergency tomorrow morning. UGH! I pray I don’t have another hospital stay but somehow I think that may be the case.
Pray for me, please.