Ovarian Cyst Rupture
On Tuesday night I started having pretty bad abdominal pain around midnight. I took a pain killer and went to bed assuming it was cramps or gas. I woke up at 430 in the morning the next day in worse pain than before. I made a pain noise that got my husband out of bed immediately. I was determined that I wasn’t going to be a wimp and go into the doctor since I thought they’d send me away with gas cramps (and how dumb would I have felt if it’d been gas). When I started throwing up blood and was having cold sweats all over my body, we made the decision to head in to the ER. The pain increased to the point I could barely walk by the time we got to the hospital and I put possible ovarian cyst rupture on my intake form. I watch a lot of medical shows so the symptoms fit and I knew they’d take me more seriously than if I put down abdominal pain. They brought me in right away and hooked me up on IV fluids. They could see it was something serious with the retching I was doing and my color was awful.
I had 3 doctors do pelvic exams and an ultrasound. When the ultrasound was completed, they thought it was an ectopic pregnancy, but my urine test came up negative for pregnancy. They could see a mass about the size of the grapefruit so they bumped a few people on the surgery schedule and got me in for emergency exploratory surgery at the end of the day. I spend the day in the ER taking IV fluids and Fentinol for the pain. I had 2 fits of pain that the doctors thought was the mass rolling over some nerves where the pain was so bad all I could do was scream as fast as I could draw breath. My poor hubby was distraught. I’m generally a tough cookie and rarely complain, so it freaked him out.
They weren’t sure what the outcome would be when they got me open, so they warned me I might need a hysterectomy if there was a lot of infection. They got me prepped for surgery and I don’t remember much until the next morning. Luckily there wasn’t any infection, just the bleeding so they were able to pull out the mass. They kept me overnight for observation because my surgery was late in the evening and I’d been bleeding internally all day. They removed half an IV bag of blood from my abdomen and cauterized the cyst where it was bleeding. My hubby stayed until I was out of surgery and then his mom took over for the night so he could go try and get some rest. They released me the next day and I’ve been recovering at home for the last couple days. Today is the first day I’ve been able to sit up at length at the computer so I’ll be back up on blogging in a few days.
I have a followup appointment in 2 weeks to check that everything is healing properly, but the stitches will dissolve on their own. The sucky part is that I can’t lift more than 10lbs for the next 6 weeks. I’ve been well behaved so far but I’m notorious for overdoing it. Luckily the surgery was Laparoscopic so the incisions are small. I’ve got one in the belly button and one on each side. The doctor was doubtful I’d even have any scars.
The staff at Holy Cross hospital was awesome. I don’t have any complaints about any of their doctors or nurses. The ER nurses were way overloaded but still made me a priority and the OR nurses were even nicer. One in particular reminded me of my step mom, who is a hospice nurse. Her bedside manner, sense of humor and even her haircut were all eerily similar so it was really comforting to have her taking care of me. They put me in the Labor & Delivery recovery and all their nurses were great too. The OR nurse even came down to see how I was doing before I was released. She said I was whiter than the sheets when she first saw me (I’m incredibly pale anyhow, but this was a lot more than usual).
Hootie and Lucy are taking turns (and sometimes fighting over) nursing me and my hubby is doing his best to keep up with everything I can’t do around the house.