Sorry Ive been MIA. This recovery has been more than I could have ever imagined!! Just when I started feeling a bit better, I took a turn for the worse. It was weird, all the sudden I was so tired I slept most of the day, this was the first problem. I kept telling my DH, I just didnt feel like I was where I should be in my recovery, but then I would remember...I lost a whole organ & 4 pints of blood..this was probably normal.
Then 2 weeks ago I got this pain in my back. I called my surgeon & he said I had probably just tweaked something & to get a massage. Well, it went away, so I didnt think about it...until it was back! Last Wednesday morning it woke me up & it was downhill from there. Again, I thought it was just something tweaked, but it kept getting worse. By Wednesday night I couldnt sleep. It didnt matter if I was on my side, back or in a recliner, I was in so much pain. I started taking my pain pills again & they would last maybe 2 hours before the back pain was back. On Thursday morning, my DH helped me up to the bedroom & went to work. I tried to walk a lot that day, thinking I just needed to be up more, but after 15 mins, I was so tired, I had to sit back down. I ended up getting a massage appointment that night, thinking that was what I needed.
By the time the DH got home, I was in tears. I had managed to get a shower, but it took everything in me. We had talked about going to the ER, but I wanted to see what the massage brought...so off we went. Let me tell you, this was the most painful massage I had EVER had. I mean, crying, screaming, lip biting. My friend (my massage lady) really thought maybe a rib was out of place from surgery because of where the pain was, but was also a bit worried because I was retaining so much water on my back.
We left there, me almost in worse shape than when I went. By the time we got home, I was feeling better...until I went to lay down. My DH went to help me lay down in bed & the pain was so bad, it would take my breath away. I tried laying flat & just couldnt breath because it hurt so bad....so off to the ER we went.
I got in quickly since I had just had surgery, which was nice. They too thought because of where the pain was & what I was explaining again something was out of place or something. But they wanted to make sure there was no internal bleeding...so cat scan of my belly...clear. By then they had given me a muscle relaxer & pain pill to help with the pain. Mind you though, the entire time I was in the ER...my back didnt bother me, go figure! They were getting ready to discharge me with back pain & at the last minute the head of the ER decided to check my lungs...just in case, for blood clots.
I remember thinking, they are nuts! I mean, I had no signs of blood clots. I told my DH "Im going to do this test, it' going to be clear & we are going home to bed!"
Yeah, that is what I thought till they came & told me that I had blood clots in BOTH lungs!! (good thing I was on the meds) I think both the DH & I were in shock...as were the employees in the ER. They kept telling me they couldnt believe it....so this bought me a 2 night stay at the hospital.
I am lucky, we caught them early. I also have no signs of clots in my legs...so they really are not sure where they came from. The clots are all because of my surgery..apparently with your spleen holding so much blood when you remove it your body is trying to deal with what to do with all the blood your spleen holds....soooo your platelet count goes up. A normal persons count is 150,000-300,000 & mine was at almost 900,000, this causes clots!
So here I am, 30 years old & on blood thinning pills & shots. My body is responding VERY well to the meds, so I am hoping this morning is my last shot & then I will be on the pill for 12 months.
So that, my friends, is why I have been MIA. I will say however, now that we found the clots & are dealing with them it was almost IMMEDIATELY that I started feeling better...feeling like me! I even made my first solo trip yesterday! Today, I make my 2nd :)
Slowly but surely...almost 4 weeks after surgery, I think I am becoming me again!