Saturday, April 4, 2009

Road to Recovery

Most of you probably already know, but I had surgery on Tuesday. A couple months ago I had an ultrasound that found some endometrial cysts on both ovaries, so I had a laparoscopy to get them removed. They say you can't technically diagnose endometriosis unless you take a look inside your body and actually see it, but my cysts were large enough that the dr. pretty much guaranteed that's what it was. After the surgery, my dr. said it was the worst case of endometriosis he has ever done surgery on. Normally, I like to be unique, but not in this case. Surgery was supposed to be 45 minutes or so but I had Trey waiting for 3 whole hours. 

No surgery would be complete without a few complications. The first complication was minor, I won't go into it. The second, however, made Trey say a bad word :) With laparoscopy they do a few incisions...one to insert the camera and two more for the tools to remove the bad tissue. Luckily for me, I had to have an extra incision because my insides were such a mess. And luckily for me, that fourth incision was the icing on the cake. Apparently, the tool they use to make the incision isn't supposed to be able to cut through blood vessels, it's just supposed to move them out of the way. My dr. said he'd never seen this before, but it cut through my blood vessel and created a big leaky mess inside of me causing lots of swelling and bruising and most importantly a beautiful hematoma! When I showed my 5 year old niece my side (where the bruising is the worst) she said, "Eww, pull your shirt down. That is disgusting!" She came over again today though, and that's the first thing she asked to see. 

According to my doctor, recovery is supposed to last a week. I think in my case, it might last just a little bit longer. If it weren't for my best friend Percocet I don't know if I would have made it through these last few days. Speaking of Percocet, it's kicking in and I need to lay down. 

6 comments:

Ryan + Jess said...

Oh my gosh Jami...I had no idea. I'm so sorry! What an ordeal. And as if surgery isn't bad enough, you have to have things go WRONG!

I hope your recovery goes by quickly. If I were in Provo I would bring you over something delicious to get your mind off things. Maybe I'll send Dixie your way instead...

kori said...

scary! we are thinking of you so keep us updated.

Brianne said...

It's a good think you're so tough, if I were in your shoes I would be a big whiny baby. I hope you get well soon, keep us updated! Love-Bri

Loni said...

I'm so sorry you had to go through with that. A friend of mine has endometriosis, and I actually wondered if that was what you had (remembering how you would get cycsts when we roomed together). I know it's painful, so I hope you are doing well and know that you are loved!!!

Krista said...

We are all so glad the surgery is behind you. Let's get one more week gone and maybe you can tell that it was worth it. No wonder you had so much pain. I still can't believe that all the drs. you have been through did not catch this. This was a good weekend to lay down and watch conference. Love you.

d feist said...

I need to check your blog more often. I should have brought you treats during your recovery. Is it too late?