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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

the story of lap #2

I'm still hopped up on Vicodin, so I apologize in advance if some of this makes no sense or if there are typos.

He didn't take out the ovary.

We had a long conversation before surgery: me, the doctor, and Joey. The doctor was great. He had a much better demeanor than the first time I met him on Wednesday - didn't seem as egocentric. I think looking at my ultrasound photos changed his tune a lot. He told me what he planned on doing while inside of my abdomen, including his plan to remove the ovary if it did not look like it was salvageable. We agreed to that plan, and after the surgery, he said it didn't concern him enough to remove it. There was no loss of blood flow - a good sign. And as irritated as part of me was that he kept it in, I understood and trusted his judgment in doing it.

However, he did cut off some ovarian tissue when removing the cyst. I guess when I had my last lap, my RE only drained the cyst without removing the cystic tissue. This doctor did that. He also saw no endometriosis, confirming that it's not my endometriosis that is causing the cysts. I go back one week from today for a post-op appointment to discuss in more detail what he did and what my options are going forward. For now, I do have pictures of my insides to look at. Since they are slightly more graphic than my ultrasound photos, I think I'll refrain from sharing them here. :)

After surgery was rough. It took them a long time to get me out of anesthesia, and when I came out, my breathing was not normal and my oxygen levels were low. To put it nicely, my post-op nurse sucked. She was too busy chatting with the other nurse to notice I was having trouble. Of course, the fact that I couldn't get her attention made me panic and made my breathing even worse. I started to feel tears rolling down my cheeks. Luckily, the anesthesiologist walked through at that same time and told the nurse I needed immediate attention. He calmed me down and the nurse gave me an injection through my IV to help me relax.

Once I was stable, the shitty nurse moved me to recovery and didn't tell my recovery nurse I was there. Cue panic after 20 minutes of lying there and no one responding to my call button. Finally, the curtain opened and there was Joey. It turns out that the same shitty post-op nurse never bothered to tell him he could come back. He finally just walked back on his own. Joey got the recovery nurse and they both helped me get my breathing under control again.

After that, we had to wait until I peed before they would discharge me. We waited for three hours. I kept drinking water, but nothing would come out. Instead, I was getting nauseous. I finally peed a little bit around 5 pm, and they released me shortly after. I was so happy to go home. Unfortunately, last night was rough, too. I ended up vomiting four times - mostly all of the fluid I drank to try to get me to pee. I did finally start peeing normally last night. I got up almost every hour to go because of the pain of my poor, swollen bladder, so I didn't get much sleep.

This morning was my first meal, which sat well. I think it's safe to say the nausea has passed. I'm sore today, but I don't feel nearly as bad as I did the day after my last lap, and this time I even have an extra incision. I also don't have the gas pains in my chest and back as bad as I did with the last surgery. The other "side effects" seem to be worse this time, though, like the nausea and trouble peeing. I've already started taking stool softeners. I do NOT want to go through what I did last time with the constipation.

Thank you all so much for the continued good thoughts and support. It means so much to have people behind me, cheering me on. And now? It's back to my semi-permanent spot on the couch for a nap with my hubby and my dog.

34 comments:

Sushigirl said...

Glad it's gone ok and hope you recover well.

Ah, the stool softeners... I didn't get told what they were at first. Mind tasted like sweets (the softeners, obvs!).

Kim said...

Uhhg - sorry you such a crappy post op nurse. I had trouble breathing afterwards too, but nothing severe as you. I kept telling them my throat felt swollen shot and they said it was normal?! So I panicked and they put oxygen on me which really didnt help much because I still couldnt breath through my mouth. Seems so unnatural.

Glad he saved the ovary and hope he was right about keeping it. You get some rest young lady, the sofa hubby and doggie sound like the perfect plan. xoxoxoxox

manymanymoons said...

So sorry you had such a rough time. I am soooooo with you on the stool softeners. I was literally making deals with God to just make that nightmare be over with. I hope you are officially on the mend and it's nothing but good times ahead!

*Jelena* said...

That was my biggest fear before undergoing the lap last Monday - anesthesia. Ugh.
I'm so glad everything was well in the end for you.

I hope this was it for you. You've had more than your share of pain in life.
HUGS

Do I Have to Be a D.I.N.K.? said...

good to hear that everything went well! Take it easy and get better!

foxy said...

What an ordeal. I am so glad that you are safely home and starting to feel better.

Emily said...

I'm so glad that this is now behind you. Hopefully the rest of recovery goes much better than the initial stuff right out of surgery. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Rebecca said...

Glad things are doing better but so sorry for te crappy experience!!

I hope your recovery goes smoothly and that getting rid of the bad tissue makes a world of difference. I'm so glad you're doing OK.

And, I'd totally love to see the pictures of your insides!! You know me... ;)

Dawn said...

I'm sorry about the crappy nurses, but so happy you had a good experience with your doctor.

I'm really hoping that the lap is what you needed to stay pain free for a long, long time!

Stephanie said...

I'm so happy to read that you're home and up to posting for us all thinking about you :) I am happy to hear he saved your ovary too and hopefully at your next appointment yall can figure out a good game plan to avoid any more pain for you. Sorry you had a crazy nurse, but yay for Joey finding you! Your knight in shining armor :)

Stephanie said...

Glad it went well and they were able to save your ovary - after the surgery sounded scary though.

It is what it is said...

Glad you are recovering and that the ordeal, such as it was, is behind you.

Although you are likely not in this space now, I highly encourage you to write a letter to the Nursing Supervisor of the unit and CC the hospital director (and/or Director of Nursing) regarding the substandard care you received by the post-op nurse. It would help future patients.

AL said...

So sorry the nurses were so unattentive...the trouble breathing sounds scary.

But very glad the surgery went well and the doctor was much more respectful of you. I hope that you get more great info about the surgery at your next appointment and removing the cystic part of the ovary means lots less pain.

Heal up, Katie. Hope you feel better soon.

Another Dreamer said...

Glad you're okay!

Why are the post-op experiences after Laps always sort of crappy? Mine was kinda craptastic too.

But I am so glad you're alright. Thinking of you.

erika said...

I a so glad to hear about the good experience with the doctor, and that he could take care of things for you relatively easy.
I am sorry about the nurse, her behavior was just unacceptable!:(

I hope your recovery will be fast and smooth, and that you will get more good news from the doctor on your follow-up appointment! I have good feelings about him, and hope he can get you the help you need!
Much love and big hugs!

Kelly said...

I can't think of a better place for you to be right now than with your husband and dog.

Please take it easy.

M3MU said...

Oh how I wish we could all just take turns bitch slaping that nurse. :( I'm so sorry you had such a crappy one.

I'm glad things went well and I wish you a speedy recovery!

Liz said...

Glad your surgery went so went. I had the same thing: Lap #1 drained the cyst, lap #2 removed the cyst tissue. Your nurse sounded pretty awful and I'm so sorry you had to deal with that. Hope you start feeling better soon.

JC said...

I'm glad you're doing ok. I want to go punch those shitty nurses! =(

Rest up!

amiracle4us said...

I am glad you had a better experience with the doctor before surgery. Maybe removing the old tissue will be key to keep the pain away :) Either way, rest up, heal up and feel better!

Jessica said...

OMG Katie I had no idea you were ghaving surgery. Obviously I haven't been reading blogs lately. I'm glad you are OK...I hope this relieves your pain.

Hayley said...

I'm glad it went ok and I hope the doc is right about your ovary. I'm glad Joey and Danica are taking such good care of you!

For a Vicodin induced haze, this was a very well written post. :)

xo

JL said...

Take care, friend.

Trisha said...

I'm so glad you're ok. I hope you get to feeling better soon! Continuing to pray for you!

Jennifer said...

Glad the surgery went well. That recovery nurse should get reported. What the hell? Glad the nausea has passed. I vomited in the car on the way home from my lap yuck.

I hope you have a speedy recovery.

Infertile Abbie said...

I'm glad you're on the road to recovery and that the worst is over. And stool softeners are the devil's curse. Keeping my fingers crossed for a swift recovery!

Nicole said...

Oh my goodness, what a nightmare. I did read your post about needing surgery (but on my phone so couldn't comment), but I've been thinking about you the last few days. I can't believe that awful nurse!! I hope you continue feeling better quickly, and I'm glad your at peace about the doc's decision regarding the cyst and your ovary.

Conceptionally Challenged said...

I'm glad you're feeling better, and that you felt in good hands with the doctor. Sorry about the nurse though :(

Adele said...

I'm glad it's done, and behind you. I'm also glad that they a) removed some of the ovarian tissue with it...maybe getting at part of the "root"? and, b) that there was no endometriosis involved. You have slightly more information than you did before.

For now, I just hope you can spend some good unwinding time with your hubby and pup.

My So-Called (TTC) Life said...

What the eff is wrong with that nurse!?! I would've killed her and in fact still want to for your sake! But I'm so happy the surgery seems to have gone well--not happy the recovery has been so shitty. My bladder was super swollen post-lap, too. Awful feeling. I hope you feel better soon! xoxo

AplusB said...

Sounds like it went as well as it could have. Sending good thoughts for a speedy recovery. xoxo

Kakunaa said...

I don't come out of anesthesia well, either, so I can empathize. Panic every time.

Take it easy, down those stool softeners, and DON'T OVERDO IT.

HUGS. I'm glad it went weel.

Laurie said...

I've had my own lap surgery when I was 18 and remember the fun that was recovery. I hope you are feeling 100% soon!

suchagoodegg said...

Aside from the totally horrendous nurses (I mean, WTF?!?!?), the surgery sounds like it went as well as it possibly could've. Which is AWESOME. Sending you all of my best healing and happy thoughts for a speedy recovery. xoxo