Friday, September 11, 2015

A lot of stuff going on around here #update

Wow, has it is been crazy around here. I have been getting review products in like crazy, all of the kids (well except my 2 year old daughter) have started back to school, and my husband is now working late night shifts, so a lot of the stuff around the house falls on me. Which I totally don’t mind at all. The only problem to part of all of this is, I am still healing from 2 surgeries.

Back in July (towards the end of July) I had 1 surgery done, it was a bladder sling surgery. Instead of 1 big incision site for the mesh that they put in, I have 2 small ones. The problem with that is, one of the incisions just doesn’t want to heal all the way, it keeps getting infections and they can’t figure out why. I will be the first to admit, that I am sure I was sounding like a crazy lady to the dr’s office, always calling and asking questions about everything going on. It got to the point where my husband was having to do packing changes for a week and a half. Unfortunately, a part of me did sound like a crazy lady, I was in a way panicking all the time. If I saw something that didn’t look right, I was on the phone with my dr’s office, but I would rather call my dr’s office like crazy then go into the ER or Urgent Care all the time.

Here is just a little bit of a background as to why I responded the way that I did with the infections that I kept (and still keep getting) at the incision site. After I had our daughter back in December 2012, I had my tubes tied. My body couldn’t go through another pregnancy and I knew, plus 4 kids is a good amount for me and I got my girl finally as well. I was in and out of the hospital during my pregnancy, starting at 9 weeks due to contractions up until I had her at 39 weeks! Yeah, needless to say, all those complications made it feel like a really long pregnancy. At one point I was even admitted into the hospital for 3 days at 26 weeks because I was already 2cm dilated and 50% effaced!! But let’s get back on track here for a moment. Like I said, after I had her, I went in and got my tubes tied 2 day later, they kept me in the hospital during that time as well (she was born on December 17th and I had my tubal ligation on December 19th). Now originally they were NOT going to keep me over night, they were going to send me home, but I was able to convince the dr to keep me over night, because something didn’t seem all that right to me. If I wanted to sit up in bed, I had to put the head of the bed all the way up, I wasn’t able to sit up on my own. If I wanted to get up to go to the bathroom, I had to put the foot of the bed all the way down, get help to get up out of bed and help walking to the bathroom. That isn’t right!! The dr that was on-call told me that I was blowing it out of proportion and that I just had surgery, I was going to be in a lot of pain!! I got sent home on December 20th and I STILL didn’t feel comfortable going home, that is for sure. My stomach was still so swollen that I looked like I was 5 months pregnant again!! 2 hours after getting home and waiting for my meds to get filled, I noticed I started to feel like I was coming down with the flu (fever, chills, body aches), so I took some Tylenol to help with the fever and took some pain meds that they sent me home with. 2 days later I ended up in the ER, I was told that I had a minor infection and a few pus pockets, but to take my antibiotics and I will be fine. On December 24th (Christmas Eve) I was feeling a bit better, so I went in and took a shower. When I came out of the shower it was Christmas morning (December 25th). As I was sitting on the bed, I smelled something that was just horrible!! I can’t even begin to describe it other than it smelt like death and a really poopy diaper! I went back into the bathroom and looked down to see pus and blood all over the bathroom floor. I called my husband in there (mind you I was actually really calm during this whole thing), he quickly got our 3 boys up and dressed, I called my mother in law and told her what was going on, and she met us at the hospital to take the kids for us. Once at the hospital, they told me that I had necrotizing fasciitis (a serious bacterial skin infection that spreads quickly and kills the body's soft tissue) and that I needed to get into surgery and soon. Come to find out, I only had a day, maybe 2 before it became toxic and then there would have been nothing that they could do. The dr was surprised though, because the infection was so bad that it should have already been toxic, but my body was fighting very hard. I was one of the lucky ones, I only had to undergo a total of 3 surgeries to clear up the infection, but it was also a VERY traumatic experience for me, for us as a family. So as you can see, when I have an issue with an incision site now, especially the way that this one has been acting, I tend to get a little anxious and my anxiety tends to really kick in. I will though talk more about necrotizing fasciitis at a later time, as it is something that is very serious, but it is also not something that you hear about all the time as it is something that is very rare.

Well 2 weeks after I had the bladder sling done, I went in for an Endometrial Ablation done, which is a procedure performed to treat abnormal bleeding of the uterus. I can honestly and seriously say that it was the worst feeling in the world! When I went into labor with my daughter, it was a very quick labor & delivery, a total of 61 minutes start to finish. When I was in recovery from that, I would have much rather been in labor with my daughter all over again and deal with the labor pains!! There are a total of 6 ways to do the endometrial ablation, but the one that my dr did is called “Free-flowing hot fluid”. The saline fluid is heated to 176 to 194 degrees F (80 to 90 degrees C) and is circulated within the uterus for about 10 minutes. Of course this method tends to be the more painful method, but it is also most likely to complete the coverage that they need to get.

Now I have fully healed from the ablation, but like I said, I haven’t fully healed yet from the bladder sling surgery. I was having to do packing changes for about a week and a half, and as of yesterday I get to do steristrip changes until the incision is fully closed up. Now if I keep having issues with the incision and it doesn’t want to close up, or more infections keep occurring, then I have to go back in for another surgery to make sure that the mesh isn’t causing any issues deeper down. My dr doesn’t think that is the case, but at the same time, you just never know. So I am still on a weight limit restriction on what I can lift. I can only lift up to 15lbs! That is really hard too, because I have my 2.5 year old daughter who is well over 15lbs, my 3 boys are now in school full time, and my husband doesn’t get off of work till 7:30am, so he spends his days sleeping.  

So going through all of this stuff, as well as getting all of my reviews up and posted, I guess you could say that I feel like a ping pong ball, just bouncing all over the place and not knowing which direction I am going in. I know that once I get used to this new schedule things are going to be a lot easier for me and I don’t feel like a ping pong ball in a never ending game. Being a stay at home mom is great, but I got used to having my husband here to help me out for the last 6 months (he worked in Sheetmetal so he was laid off for awhile) that I developed a routine with him and the kids, but now that he just started back to work last night, now I have to develop a whole new routine, not just with the kids, but for myself as well.

We shall see how this new journey goes and see how well everything is managed. Until next time my wonderful readers! I will see you all at a later time!