Sunday, March 31, 2013

31 March 2013

So it finally broke me.  3 days ago, I had to leave work early.  The pain had started on Thursday night, but I thought I could just sleep it off.  Turns out, I was very wrong.  I woke up, still in pain, on Friday morning.  Got to work at 9, and ended up leaving at 11:15.  I hadn't even worked a full 2 weeks yet before I had to take almost an entire sick day.  It's so frustrating.  It makes me feel completely lousy.  It can't look good to my bosses, but at the same time, I can't help it.

It's an unfortunate truth that's been put right in my face.  I can't control this.  It's not up to me whether it's going to be a good day or a bad day.  And honestly, acknowledging this feels like admitting defeat.

Considering I just came to that realization right now, I'm going to stop writing for the moment & think about that.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Taking a Break from Laundry...

Tomorrow is my post-op appointment with Dr. Isaacson.  I don't really know what to expect from a post-op appointment, but I do expect to drop a lot of money on gas to get out there, which kind of sucks.  But it's part of the price you pay to get a good surgeon I suppose.

I hope they're as happy with my recovery as I am at this point.  I'm feeling pretty darn good, especially since I worked almost 40 hours this past week - first time since last September.

I'm really glad to be working again.  I was definitely getting tired of sitting around all day, feeling useless.  Now I work all week, and then try to find time for laundry so the boyfriend and I don't run out of clean clothes.

I'll try to not take too long to update on how the appointment goes tomorrow.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Things Looking Up?

Oh how I would love to share how things are going!

So far, my recovery has been good, overall.  It was rocky at one point, but that's just because I was doing too much, too soon, and that's no bueno.

I started my new job on Monday; my first time working since I got laid off in the middle of last September!  I was hired at a whole foods grocery store as a stocker, which I was pleased with.  It felt great to be back to work again.

What's the awesome news?  Today, on my 4th day at work, I essentially got an awesome promotion, which includes a pay raise!

Therefore, today was awesome. :)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Post-Op: Day 3

Today is the third day of my recovery.  Things haven't been too terrible, but I'm definitely far from comfortable.  I can't tell you how excited I was that I got to shower today! (You're not allowed to, the first 2 days after surgery. Yuck)

So now that I'm all clean, that does actually brighten up how I feel, a bit.  But I'm getting really tired of sitting on my butt all day.  Feeling helpless is not something I'm used to, and definitely not something that I enjoy.  I keep trying to remind myself that I have to relax and take it easy, or else it's just going to slow my recovery down.

The incision in my belly button definitely hurts more than the other two.  Above my belly button is swollen and very sensitive to pressure.  The pain meds make me spacey, but they do alleviate the majority of my pain, so that's good.

I can't even begin to describe how incredibly lucky I am to have my boyfriend in my life.  He's been taking care of me so well; from the big things like laundry, to the little silly things like helping me get out of bed because I was laying on my stomach and got stuck.  Not only is he being incredibly helpful & supportive, he's doing a great job with reminding me to slow down and take it easy.

The only word I can come up with to describe how I've been feeling so far through my recovery is "overwhelmed."  Even just going to the grocery store to get 3 things is just too much.  And I suppose that I didn't really expect that.  My emotions are a little bit out of control, but nothing I haven't experienced before.

I just can't wait until my recovery is complete so I can see if this is truly going to help me.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Post-Op: Day 1

So, my surgery was yesterday, making today Day 1 of my recovery.

I was diagnosed with Stage II endometriosis.  The surgeon removed cells from the ligaments that hold the uterus up, and from the back of my uterus.  There were no signs of adhesions.  The outlook regarding my future fertility seems to be good.

All in all, the news about what they found is great.

The pain isn't too bad right now.  I didn't end up having any of the shoulder pain that people get from the CO2.  No nausea so far, either.  Fleeting sharp pains come and go, but it's nothing unbearable.  I think the worst part was the severe dry mouth from the anesthesia.

I'm trying to rest up as best as I can.  It gets a little boring though.  Thank goodness for Netflix!