living life yellow.
the ramblings of a 21 year old
On the 21st of December, I had my third Laparoscopy.
If you have been following my blogs then you would know that this was going to be an excision surgery. This means that my surgeon is going to remove as much of the endometriosis as possible and remove any adhesions. I went into this surgery with a very widespread amount of endo with adhesions holding my bowels, left ovary and abdominal wall all together.
The day before the surgery I had to do bowel prep. It was the first time I had done this so I was very, VERY nervous about it. Surprisingly it went ok. The liquid I had to drink didn't taste bad, just like flat lemonade and I did not throw any of it back up! The only issue I had was that it kept me up overnight when I just wanted to sleep!
Everything went very smoothly once we got to the hospital. The surgeries before me were running behind schedule but the nurse found me a bed so I could have a nap. It wasn't that long before I was on the table ready to go. The last thing I remember is telling my nurse that her eyelash extensions were beautiful.
My surgery lasted 2 and a half hours long. Once I woke up all I wanted to do was sleep. It was the most groggy I had ever been. I knew Leo was there but honestly I don't remember him being there at all. I was so groggy that even having my eyes open was too much.
This time round, I was able to get up and walk to the bathroom by myself pretty much straight away. Recovery was off to a good start. I did have to stay 1 night in hospital but it was ok as I had the room to myself. This meant I could watch the christmas movies that were playing on tv till late. Overnight I slept in hour slots. Pain-wise, I was ok, uncomfortable but not in a large amount of pain.
The next morning the shoulder pain was horrendous. It was the worst pain I had ever felt in my life. Usually I can cope with the shoulder pain but this time it was different. It was so sharp in my shoulder and every time I breathed in it got sharper, tighter and more painful. Apparently mum could hear my screaming from the other side of the ward. Thankfully we got a drip in and the pain eased.
My surgeon came to visit to talk to me about my surgery. Everything had gone wonderfully and he was happy with the outcome. They however had to stitch my ovaries up and out of the way to stop them from sticking back down to the wounds from where he removed some endo. Once the wounds heal the stitches in my ovaries will dissolve and hopefully everything will be back to normal! He even took some photos for me which I think are pretty cool.
WARNING: GROSS SURGERY PHOTOS AHEAD
These were the before and after photos my surgeon took. Not entirely sure what we are looking at but you can see the difference :D
It has been 3 weeks since my surgery now and I'm still in pain but it is manageable. I only get ridiculously sore if I walk around for too long. This means it is going to be a quiet road of recovery. I do feel a lot better than I did before my surgery and I am hoping it will only get better from here.