Friday, November 21, 2014

Scared Witless



I often suffer with stomach "issues", but recently my menstrual cycle has been playing up; very heavy and going for weeks at a time. The Dr's standard reply has been "peri-menopause". This time he put me on the contraceptive pill for a few months to try and regulate it (4 weeks out of 5 is not pleasant and I have been so darn tired because of it!) but also referred me for an ultra sound along with a few blood tests.

Sadly the blood tests show that I have "diabetes" so I received a call from the nurse to say the Dr said to QUIT SUGAR NOW!  They will retest me again in a while, once they have given me a chance to get it under control as the Dr feels I should be able to return to an acceptable sugar level if I do what he suggested and stay off sugar. So I have done what I have been told. Surprisingly it hasn't been that hard, but the thought of never having a doughnut again is just plain sad people!

I also went off for my ultrasound and the radiologist there was just lovely. She did a really extensive check and for some reason towards the end I felt that she had picked something up as she was really persistent in wanting to get some shots of my ovaries and uterus but of course she didn't say much.

So today I went in to see the Dr to get the results as he wanted to see me.  It appears I have a 3cm gall stone and fatty liver disease (not the kind from alcohol!). So now I have to give up all fatty foods too ... goodbye bacon and roast pork and hot chips and burgers and OMG basically everything I quite enjoy! They will leave my gall bladder there unless it keeps giving me pain ... and oh boy, it has been. Hopefully a good diet will alleviate the pain.

Unfortunately, like all that hasn't been enough, they also detected a pile of fibroids, an enlarged and thickly lined uterus and a cyst on my ovary that is 7 x 8cm. Scarily the cyst has walls which is not a good thing but it doesn't have blood vessels which is a good thing. There is a concern that it could be cancer so they have referred me to a gynaecologist and surgeon. 

Anyway as soon as the Dr explained this to me, my heart just about sunk through to the floor. I don't think I have been so scared ... not for myself but for the Papa and the girls. I realise that it just as easily may not be C as it could be, but it has been hard to put it out of my mind. It is the last thing I think of before heading off to sleep and the first thing I think of when waking up. It has been hard making decision over things involving the future as we simply do not what may or may not be required next year.

Fortunately because we have private health insurance (OMG what a blessing!) I was able to get into see a gynaecologist within 2 days, it was a Wednesday, but I was in a little bit of shock when he told me that he would operate on me the following Monday!

Holy crap ... unexpected and unprepared ... wish me luck!

7 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness, Lisa. I can't believe how much you've had put on you to deal with. I'm glad at least that you're able to proceed with the necessary surgery without any further delay. Thinking of you all, and sending the most powerful healing vibes I can imagine xxx

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    1. Thanks Lucinda, am recuperating nicely thanks. :)

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  2. So very sorry to hear about all of this Lisa !!
    Very glad to hear that you were seen swiftly and that they are not mucking about.
    We're thinking of you... and sending the very best of luck & quick healing your way. <3

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    1. Thanks for your sweet thoughts. I am just so glad we have private health insurance. I can't imagine this hanging over my head any longer that it needed to.

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  3. Lisa,

    How frightening for you! Monday... Maybe that's Monday 5th January. I will be thinking about you and praying. I hope all goes well and you are soon enjoying better health. xxx

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    1. Sue the op was a couple of weeks ago (will post blog shortly) and I am OK. I simply could not write anything before the op had happened and I knew the outcome. It was like saying it out loud made it more real or something. Or maybe I couldn't deal with peoples sympathy I don't know what but I really only told my folks and siblings and mama-in-law and aunt H. I just told the girls it was to fix the period problems I had been having. There was no need for people to worry if it all came to naught too.

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    2. Lisa,

      I am so glad you are okay! It's always good to hear other people care but yes, sympathy can be hard. I prefer to share good news too! I hope you can now look forward to the new year. You will need all your energy and good health for the changes ahead. Sounds like you have some exciting and interesting times coming up!

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