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Apparently “There is no Way it is your Appendix!”

So here is an update on my 6 week battle of pain, My first night in the decision unit I heard the Doctor saying “She has PCOS, just send her to GYNE and they can send her home.” And then the night of the 24th the surgical doctor that came to see me after me complaining I was suppose to have a surgical review the night before said “Your bloods are normal and ultrasound report isn’t back but your bloods are normal so there is no way it could be your appendix, you will be reviewed in the morning but can probably go home!”

NEXT MORNING

Reviewed by the kind Surgeon at about 11am and told I will be having surgery that day. I signed consent for Exploratory Laparoscopy +/- Appendectomy. I was told ultrasound report still not back and bloods and repeat bloods normal. So will explore to find a cause but if appendix is normal it will be left in and if it appears abnormal then it will be removed.

16:20 – Porters came to collect me, but then ended up walking with the HCA (Around the corner) to the theatre area.

Had some very strong painkillers which made me feel very drowsy!!

Then I was put Under….

20:15 – First Time I remember seeing in Recovery.

20:42 – Back on Ward.

Asked overnight what happened and discovered my appendix had indeed been removed!!

My heart rate throughout the night continued to set the alarms off to the point where the BP cuff and SPO2 monitor stayed on me all night to monitor it.


Surgeon came and saw me next day to tell me appendix was removed and I could go home that day providing there was someone home and I eat and pee etc….

I stayed in that night due to pain control…. I was not in this much pain after my surgery 6 years ago (Keyhole removing Ovarian Cysts, was up and out within 2 hours of recovery!)

Was also very concerned that my pee resembled orange lucozade!!

One thing I learnt, after saying I will never have Morphine, I caved and tried Oramorph, it is the most vile thing I have ever tasted!!

I also woke up with a new line in my right hand and a gauze on my left hand from a failed attempt maybe, still not sure why the need for more lines….

Failed IV (Thanks PCOS for hairy arms!)

So had an extra night in and then went home the day after!!

Not allowed to drive for at least 2 weeks, providing insurance are happy and I can do an Emergency Stop.

No work for 3 weeks (with no complicaions) as it is a sit down job (most of the time) I shouldn’t need anymore time off!!

Looking Rough
Now to see how recovery goes….

 

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Where out of hours lead….

As you can guess – yes I drove 20 odd miles ( each way) to be told

“Go and get a second opinion from your GP”

NEXT DAY

Contact GP surgery and they didn’t ask a million questions they offered me an appointment with the paramedic that afternoon.

The paramedic was lovely and sent me straight to hospital for surgical evaluation.

It only took 43 days (I Think!!)


Here is how that went:

Arrive A&E 15:00

Rang GP as faxed letter was not through

Got to SDMU (Surgical Decision Making Unit) about 15:45 after getting through to GP and A&E sending me straight up ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Bloods after seeing junior doc 19:00

19:45 – two paracetamol

21:00 got a trolley

23.05 tramadol and observations

03:45 oromorph and anti sickness

06:10 paracetamol

08:05 seen surgical team await scan NBM

08:35 tramadol

13:00 paracetamol and anti sickness

ULTRASOUND SCAN

16:55 paracetamol

Injection in belly for clotting

Now waiting for the Senior Review (17:10)

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Day 41 – Sick of being sick

After a long 41 days, Out of Hours visits, GP visits, nurse visits and calls to NHS Direct I am still in pain.

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GP now saying Chronic Appendicitis, but my two blood tests done a week and two weeks before don’t show WBC elevation and I am not actively vomiting so they don’t suggest Hospital!! Really!!!!

I am in pain and fed up and my pain today is at a high but yet rang GP too late for an appointment so now I have to debate whether to go to the Out of Hours again – about 20 miles away (not allowed at the hospital 10 miles away as a different boundary)

Do I put up with worsening pain all night in the hope the GP will see me tomorrow? Or drive yet again to the Out of Hours Service?

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To be continued….

Stacie-Mai xx

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6 weeks of health

There’s me sat at work on a call and along comes some chest pain…. Gave it a few minutes and it was still there, end of shift got home and it went overnight.

Next shift I just didn’t feel right, barely got out of bed that morning and I went home after an hour at work. It was a Saturday,  so got in touch with the Out of hours service, and obviously went to see them.

DIAGNOSIS : Possible kidney infection, and infection within the chest as I had a cough and phlegm production.

The following week involved 3 further visits to Out of Hours. By this point my pain was under the ribs on my right hand side towards the belly button. Doctors telling me: my urinary system is fine, no infection , probably my ovaries (just because I have PCOS) but pain wise they can give me Codeine, even though they had been told I cannot have codeine, so here is some Tramadol, and the third visit to be told it is the muscle running from my ribs to hip is probably the cause of the pain. Follow up with GP ( The reason I revisited Out of Hours is because the GP on these three days had no appointments unless it was an ‘Emergency’. 

GP follow Up

Pain is well and truly in Abdomen. Nausea is horrid and my body is either sleeping or curling up :(. 

Safe to say I am fed up ๐Ÿ˜‚

And after waiting for my appointment in the Doctors for over 1 HOUR!! With a young girl running around coughing I then was stuck in bed for 3 days on Tramadol in agony with what I can describe as the flu!!

#GPwaitingareagerms

To be Continued….

Stacie-Mai xx

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Diet Week one….here we go

OMG having visitors over resulted in a 1kg gain….ย 
This is my highest weight since 2011.

MONDAY

Breakfast: this involved a weight watchers lemon yoghurt – WOW This tasted exactly like the icing on those Mr Kipling Lemon sponge cakes!! Delicious!!

Lunch: the shop didn’t have the wholemeal wraps but the nearest thing was best of both wraps so I had four of these, with diced ham (needed using up) then two had diced cucumber (I am not a fan of cucumber!!) and the other two had shredded carrot. Only 3 eaten as was too full.

Dinner involved the chinese style chicken noodle soup, I forgot to take pictures butit was ย  yummy, however I will NOT be putting spring onion in next time as I really do not like it. The chicken in the soup I fried off before adding to the soup and added the Heinz (fish free) Worcestershire Sauce and it was actually really flavourfull!

However I do have a picture of me making the soup!


I was also a tad naughty and ate my last wrap from lunch! No point in wasting it is there !?!

TUESDAY

I was off work today, I am still suffering from being ill so I had a slight lie in, then had to run to the post office to collect a parcel before it closed and I completely forgot breakfast.

Lunch involves four ginger biscuits!! My sugars were low from running around and not fueling myself, a mistake I won’t make again!!

Dinner was my roasted veg soup, I went for the first batch I made whilst the wife took the second ย batch. Mine was lovely, the wifes’ was way to Parsnip flavoured, meaning I need to cook more veg to add to it as we have another two portions of it!! I had two kingsmill wholemeal thins with a bit of butter (these are also clogging up the freezer) Dessert was a strawberry weight watchers yoghurt, this was also really nice and low calorie compared to other yoghurts!! Will definitely carry on buying these!!


WEDNESDAY

Yoghurt thrown in bag for breakfast, didn’t get a chance to eat it!! Work waits for nobody, my job doesn’t involve an office or sitting down in order to eat.

TODAY WAS CHEAT DAY!!

Lunch was KFC!! Sometimes workmates and work location mean you grab what is available!! My lunch for today will last until tomorrow!!

DINNER:

To be continued!!

Stacie-Mai xx

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Plan B going well …….. so far

So plan B is full steam ahead!!

We have made

My roasted veg soup in four VERY LARGE tubs ready for freezing.

Chicken noodle soup in two large batches for either freezing or for tomorrow evening, we haven’t quite decided as of yet.

Two portions of chicken in a smoky barbeque sauce, this will also be frozen.

More soup is to be made at some point soon.

Stacie-Mai xx

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I NEED SLEEP!!ย 

Hello there! Been a while. Here is something else to moan about….of course this is what we humans do best.

Anyone out there with sleep troubles? I am sick of them. It is one thing after another at present….

Last night went to sleep at 5:30AM – it was light outside!!

The night before 4:45AM and the days, oh wait week before I Lost count of the early morning bedtimes.

I think I am starting to annoy my wife. I am bad tempered, fatigued, clumsy, putting the lbs back on and blimey am I grumpy.

Negative feelings and damn right horrible thoughts are going through my mind with regards to

  • Weight
  • Babies and not being able to have them due to my weight
  • Injuries and illness
  • Financial situation
  • Family

So many issues running through my mind and where to start?

Maybe it is a combination of stress that has finally built up. Maybe it is my bodies way of telling me to take a break, or perhaps an issue that is ongoing where my body is trying to tell me something??

Who knows?

All I know is that I wish I could finally have a normal sleep pattern after years of positive and negative phases of sleep.

PLEASE!!

Stacie-Mai xx