Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Health Follow Up

Well, if you follow me on Twitter, you already know what is going on, but in case you don't here is the deal.

Since Thursday night at 5:30pm I have seen 2 doctors & a surgeon & it boils down to....my spleen will be coming out on January 20th.

Apparently I had a CatScan back in 2005 for something & a 1cm mass was seen on that test (guess it wasn't important enough to tell me) Fast forward to now & it is 9cm...so growing. I guess a lot of people are born with masses in their spleen, but they do not grow. Since mine is, out everything has to go. I guess this is VERY rare...so rare the doctor was all excited about it because he only does splenectomys because of car accidents. Let me tell you how amazing it feels to be "rare"

I am pretty upset about all this. I will be in the hospital 3-5 days & off work for up to 4 weeks. I will have a vertical cut from under my bra to the top of my belly...how does anyone ever fell ok about themselves with a scar like that?! Now I have my fair share of scars, but right in the middle of my stomach??

I will become more susceptible to infection once my spleen is taken out, so I have to have a special thing of vaccines every 10 years. I start my first round tomorrow..I then just have to pay attention & if I get any fever or can tell I am getting sick, I have to get to the dr. right away for antibiotics.

I am so thankful for my amazing DH..he is really my rock right now. Reminding me how much better this will all be once it's done. How we can make it through anything.

I am also very thankful for all the love & support on Twitter. I know I will be ok, I always am...but I am really getting tired of all of this. When do I get a break?!


  1. Oh sweetie I am so sorry you're going through this. It is so unfair.

    Maybe when you're all healed up, you can turn that scar into something sexy w/a tattoo.

    Big hugs!

  2. Doctors certainly have the funniest reactions don't they? Good luck with your surgery and recovery.

  3. sending you lots of love xoxo

  4. I just wanted to pop over here and send my support and hugs. I will be thinking of you.

  5. Oh sweetie ... I did miss this on twitter, so I am sending you my thoughts, prayers and hugs - will be thinking loads about you.

  6. Scars are worn by warriors, as they are battle wounds. I have an 8-inch long vertical incision down the center of my chest from undergoing open heart surgery at the age of 25 to correct a congenital defect - I am now 27. Let me tell you, there are times when I absolutely hate my scar and times when I forget it's even there. I will tell you that I am not ashamed and actively working on wearing it with pride. It takes time. You know what makes having my scar worth it? Being alive and well. It'll be ok, trust me. Just focus on getting better!

  7. I agree with Suzy, tat that baby up with something beautiful. I'll be doing the same with my scars from my hysterectomy. :)
    I'm so sorry you're going through all this. I hope it's the last surgery for a very very very long time. Keep your head up but remember it's completely ok and normal and acceptable to mourn/be upset/etc. Anyone that tells you differently should piss off. ;-)

  8. This sucks. :-( Sorry you are going through this.


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