Monday, 13 July 2015

My First Operation

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It started as belly ache at 7pm. At first I thought I'd just eaten too much lasagne at tea time. By 9:30pm I realised something wasn't right. The pain had moved from above my belly button to my lower right abdomen. I could barely walk. I phoned NHS direct who told me I'd have to wait until 11:30am the next morning to be seen by a doctor. I got a call back at 11:30pm from a doctor who didn't seem worried but thought I should be seen the next day to double check everything was ok.

The next morning came and the pain was defiantly still there. I could walk a lot better than the previous night but it was still very sore. I went to my appointment at the out of hours doctors in the hospital and didn't come back out until after I'd had surgery. After blood tests, urine tests, many doctors feeling my stomach and hours and hour of waiting I was admitted to hospital. By 5pm they'd found me a bed. My operation was to take place that evening. Silly me thought 7/8pm. At 11:30pm I was taken to theatre. I hadn't eaten or drank since 8:30am that morning. But I wasn't hungry. I was so thirsty but fluids helped, after me getting very light headed around 7pm

I've never been put to sleep before. I didn't know what to expect. I was laid in a small room off to the side of theatre. There were 3 ladies looking after me. Two were holding my hands and the other a mask over my face. I took deep breaths, my chest felt squashed and heavy. I panicked. They got me to relax. The last thing I remember was one of the ladies telling me to stay awake for as long as I could. 

I woke up after the surgery around 1:30am. They called my name and asked if I was in pain. I was. I was given morphine. I told them I couldn't see anything. They said to close my eyes and rest. I was wheeled to another room off from the theatre to recover. After about 10-15mins the pain was fading, the morphine helped. My eyes slowly came around. I was taken to my room and my friend was waiting. Mark was with Paige and Parker at home.

I barely remember anything. I was tired and drowsy. I held my friends hand and fell asleep. She left to get some rest. I then had nurses coming to check on me 3 times to check my stats. I woke properly at 7am. I felt so sick and completely out of it. Mark came around 8:30am and I'd managed to get changed and eat half a slice of toast. The first thing I'd had in 24 hours. I also had a few sips of water. 

After more resting and more checks I was allowed home around 1:30pm. I had suspected appendicitis but after looking my appendix were fine. They did find a burst ovarian cyst.

I am now resting. Its funny because two weeks ago I would of given anything to lay in bed and not do a single thing for the day but being forced to rest is completely different. The first couple of days I was still so out of it from being put under, I felt sick and was so sore I could barely move. Five days later I feel ok. I'm swollen and still sore but I can move around ok.

I'm not allowed to lift the children up for two weeks. Marks had to take time off work to look after them and me. The guilt I feel is awful but I know that I need to rest as much as possible.

 Nicola Xx


  1. Oh my goodness poor you! I'm glad they were able to sort it out and hopefully your two weeks will be very restful 😀

  2. Poor you! Wishing you a speedy recovery. I'm sure you'll be back on your feet soon x

  3. Oh Nicola, how awful, you poor thing. Get lots of rest and I hope you are feel 100% again soon. x

  4. Oh that must have been scary, I know I would've been terrified in that situation. Don't feel too guilty lovely, you'd do the same for your family, wouldn't you? Rest up and feel better soon hun.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  5. Aww! Sending hugs! I hope you feel better soon x

  6. Ouch thats not good, I hope it was a one off cyst! My appendix burst when I was 17 (3 weeks before my 18th) and it really wasn't fun, spent 2 weeks in hospital!

    Hope you're on the mend and back to normal soon!!!

  7. You poor thing lovely and hoping you feel better soon. x

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