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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

let's talk about . . .

I'm going to write about something, um, uncomfortable.

Something that's embarrassing.

Something that bloggers don't normally write about.

I'm going to write about . . .

Poop.

Yes, poop. BMs. You know, number 2. The thing we all do every day and take for granted. And the thing that I've struggled with the most during my recovery. Don't keep reading if you don't want to know about my poop saga.

Leading up to the surgery I really tried to "will" myself to go so I would have empty bowels during the lap. But that didn't happen. I think I put too much pressure on myself because I didn't go at all on Wednesday. Or Thursday. Or Friday. So by Saturday, I was eating stool softeners like candy. I managed to eek out a little on Saturday morning. By Sunday, I wanted to die. After getting out of the shower on Sunday night, I began experiencing the worst pains in my entire life in my bowels.

The pains made me shaky. They gave me the chills. I was covered in sweat. I felt so full, I wanted to vomit. I did finally go, but I knew I didn't want to go through that feeling ever again. So, ladies and gentlemen, my dear husband went to Walgreens and picked up a gift for me on the way home from work yesterday: laxatives.

Thankfully, he bought me the pill version so I wouldn't have to eat any nasty chocolates.

Now I've never taken a laxative in my life. And I had never planned on it. But I knew I needed something so I wouldn't be screaming in agony again. So I took one before bed. Oh. my. God. That's all it took I can *finally* go normally! My tummy feels wonderful this afternoon. Amazing, even. Yeah, I'm still sore. And yeah, I'm still bleeding. But at least I can go to the bathroom like a normal human being.

I doubt I'll even use the 23 other pills sitting in my cabinet, but it was worth the entire box.

Ahhhhh, the joys of infertility.

21 comments:

Ashley said...

I feel your pain. Literally. :( Glad you found relief! :)

Marla.z said...

I'm surprised your doc didn't make you take Magnesium Citrate a.k.a. colon blow before your lap. It's OTC and only like 2 bucks or something like that. I had to take it before my lap. I got the cherry flavor, which was gross and I could only drink like 1/4 of the bottle before I refused to swallow any more, but it worked.

Anyhow, glad you're back in working order =)

Rebecca said...

Ouch!! I'm so glad things are...uh...moving along now.

2catdaughters said...

Glad you're feeling back to normal in that department!

JC said...

Yippee!!! Glad you're back to "normal" in that department, haha. =)

Arlyne said...

Glad you're back to normal & sorry you had to experience that at all!!!

ifcrossroads said...

I think I mentioned this but seriously, that was THE WORST pain in my entire life post surgery (LAP.) I tried everything I could to avoid it post-ER surgery but it happened again and I was so upset.

Glad you found relief :)

The Millers said...

Wow! I keep hearing about these issues with poop. Luckily I have not had any back door problems....but something tells me with my first IVF cycle approaching my luck is about to run out!
Your hubs is awesome to get you such a sweet gift! Forget the flowers...let's give things that get the shit done...literally! :)

Jessica said...

The same thing happened to me after my lap. I'm glad it only took one pill!!!

Dawn said...

Glad you're feeling better! That must have been awful!

Noelle said...

I also have poop troubles. If you ever need a quick fix, get some suppositories. Not the glycerin ones, but the ones that start with a B-it's biscaproply or something like that. They work so quickly! It's kinda gross if you think too hard about it, but it offers such relief!

suchagoodegg said...

Nice.

Ummm, my ultrasound tech had me press on my lower left abdomen this morning during the exam. She was like, "You see that? It's poop! You're constipated and it's making it hard to see your ovary." Sweet, right? Eh.

Oh IF. Ohhh, IF.

I'm so happy you found relief! I think I need some. :)

Carrie said...

Ugg. I dealt with that after IVF. Hopefully you start flowing again soon!

Jen said...

Ha, we both wrote about poop today!! Nice! Yeah, being consto sucks A LOT. I think my issues act up when I'm stressed, and the week before my wedding was BAD, leaving me with a colossal 'roid just in time for my honeymoon in St. Thomas! Good lord. I'm glad you got yours under control!

erika said...

I am sorry about the pain. I am glad you found a way to cure it and got better. Hope your recovery will be fast and smooth from here!

Carli said...

I hate being constipated! I always get that way when we travel. My dear husband did the same as yours and bought me some ex.lax as well. However, my experience was not as delightful as yours. Have you ever seen Dumb and Dumber? The bathroom scene with Harry? Yup, that was my first laxative experience.

Glad you are feeling better, though!

Crossed Fingers said...

Aw - yucky! BUT I am glad you're feeling better and glad your DH is looking out for you.

Littlest True Blue said...

Lots of poop issues going around the blog world these days! I swear I've read 3 poop related posts in the past day! Hilarious!
Keep on Poopin'!
LTB

Amanda said...

Sorry you have felt so shitty...hehe...pun intended!

Kelly said...

Yikes! I hate that kind of pain and am glad you're feeling better!

Tina said...

So sorry about your poop problem - those are the worst! I'm glad you're recouperating well...thinking of you.