Happy Bowel Obstruction Anniversary!

May 8, 2015

in medical

ng-tube-10385_0Today I celebrate (I don’t think celebrate is the right word…maybe acknowledge?) my one month post operative bowel obstruction surgery anniversary.

Like the ugly step child, I forgot my hysterectomy monthiversary (it was May 2nd if you want to jot it down in your calendar) which is funny that my hysterectomy is not even on my radar since that was the catalyst for everything else. But honestly, I hardly ever even think about it unless I get a hot flash or tear up over something stupid and then I’m like, DAMN YOU MENOPAUSE!

The first two weeks after my second surgery were tough, I am not going to lie. I was in the hospital for one of those weeks and the first week home was a struggle. I spent most of my days walking around moaning (I’m not kidding. I moaned all.day.long.) My answers to any question sounded much like Frankenstien. “Do you want something to drink?” “Ohargheeooooooh…” I had to enlist help to lift my water bottle up to my lips, to rearrange my pillows, to walk me to the bathroom…I was no fun to be around and big kudo’s to my family for putting up with me. It was a tough gig and they handled it with love and a whole buncha patience.

IMG_8102After that, things started to fall into place and everyday I just got stronger. There are still some residual affects of the obstruction and surgery and I have had some hiccups along the way, some of those hiccups are legit and others I’ve just made up in my head. The doctors, dieticians, internist…they all tell you what to do and what not to do and what to avoid and what the warning signs are. These things stick in your head and its really easy overreact to any weird burp or pain. I try not to let my thoughts go there, but sometime it’s hard and I have had my fair share of panic filled moments.

But as each day passes, those things kinda fall by the wayside. I spend less time thinking about how I’m feeling and how my body is reacting and more time just living. Doctor journals say I shouldn’t be back to normal for another 4 weeks but I’m here to say I am already 100%. Or at least 99%.  I’ve come a long way over these past four weeks, and I have no intention of going back.

I’ve been searching the interwebs for non medically worded information on exactly what a bowel obstruction is and how it makes you feel, but I couldn’t find anything except that picture up there. I think it sums up the experience quite nicely.

It’s fucking horrible.

I could go into great lengths and details about the ordeal, but frankly I am sure you don’t want to read it anymore than I want to re-live it. Some things are meant to be left in the past and this is one of them. On that note, this is the last anniversary I will celebrate/acknowledge about the ordeal, I don’t want to give it anymore power or space in my head. It’s time to move on and get on with life.

Thanks everyone for everything! The list of sacrifice, kind gestures and prayers are too long to list here but THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for it all. I am truly grateful for all the support, I don’t think you even know how much it lifted me up during those agonizing days, but trust me when I say it did!

1 Shelley May 8, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Congratulations, friend! So glad you are on the mend. Looking forward to Journey with the symphony! Peace, out.

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