One year surgiversary

Today it’s my one year surgiversary. One year ago, I was already in the recovering room, trying to wake up. It was quite a struggle and I ended up spending six days at the hospital in Beverwijk before I was allowed to go home. It wasn’t the best start and it took me months before I was able to eat all the food I was supposed to eat and take my supplements without nausea. Now that the first year has passed, I am happy that I have made this choice. I feel happier, healthier and much fitter.

One year surgiversary

One last look at these awful pictures that were taken when I was at the hospital. I was trying my best to be brave, but I felt awfully sick at the time. What followed was a year full of ups and downs.

  • First of all I have lost 95 lbs in the first 8 months;
  • I suffered from gallstones and they had to remove my gallbladder in December;
  • I have gained so much of my life back, with happiness and energy;
  • I got pregnant and we are expecting a baby boy. Still I managed to stay at the same weight since January.

one year later

These are the biggest things that happened during the last year. I have experienced so many non-scale victories during this year that I would need more than one blog post to mention all of them. I am just happy with where I am right now. I would love to lose more weight, but that would just be a bonus on top of everything else I have already achieved.

And it’s gone

On Wednesday I had to be at the hospital again for my gallbladder removal. Having surgery twice in 2014 was never really my intention, but these gallstones were bitches and the attacks were very painful. So on Wednesday I had to get up early in order to be at the hospital in Beverwijk on time. I had to be present around 9 am, but I knew that I had to do another bloodtest before I could have the surgery so we decided to arrive at 8 am instead. That way we could avoid the rush hour traffic as well.gallbladder 01The actual surgery department where I was supposed to stay was too full, so I got my own room at the gynecology ward instead. It was really quiet there, so that wasn’t too bad. I thought it was a bit odd to be there, but my neighbor turned out to be a boy who was supposed to be at the children’s department. Yes, the hospital was a little busy this week. No worries, I got a bed and the nurses were super sweet so I had nothing to complain about while I was there.

I got pain medication and a tranquilizer before my surgery. I had to wait a few hours before they brought me to the OR, but I was sleeping, so time was flying. Before I knew it, I was on my way up. I knew the surgeon already from my previous surgery and he still remembered me (I guess that happens when you’re in the hospital for six days?) They gave me a drip in my hand and I was ready to go.

gallbladder 02I remember that waking up after surgery was awful in April, but I told the anesthetist how much I hated that and he told me that there was something he could try for me.  I am glad he did, and that I told him, because this time I actually woke up about 30 minutes after surgery and I was able to talk to the nurses at the recovery ward. That was less scary. It was still painful though, but that might be normal after surgery. I must say that I had underestimated this surgery, because I thought it would be less painful. Yes, I am fitter than I was 8 months ago and therefore I felt much better and I was able to get up faster. At the same time it was still super painful. The good thing is, that this time it’s only the right side of my abdomen that hurts instead of my whole abdomen. That makes it slightly easier to deal with the pain. Still they gave me some morphine here and there during the first 24 hours so I could sleep.

While I was there I got two visitors. My boyfriend Huib came over and later I also saw my friend Anita. It was really nice to see some familiar faces and have someone to chat with. I mean, it’s nice to have a quiet room so you can relax and rest a lot, but on the other hand I don’t really like being alone that much. Glad that I could still chat on my phone as well, where would I have been without the internet? Hmmm, maybe I would actually read a whole book then?

gall bladder 03

While I was in the hospital I have been taking lots of pictures, so I could keep people updated on how I was doing. Including the food this time, because I was actually allowed to eat. In the evening I got endive with potatoes, meat and cherry custard. That was okay. Although I am not a fan of cooked endive, I prefer it raw to be honest. In the morning I asked for crackers with cheese and kiwi fruit which is always nice. So food wise I was fine.

As you can see, this experience was MUCH better than the one I had earlier this year. I am back home now. Still experiencing some pain, but otherwise I am fine. No complications this time. I really hope that I will be fit again in a couple of weeks.

Twenty hours in A&E

The title is inspired by the TV show 24 hours in A&E that is on TLC sometimes, which I found funny. The story wasn’t so funny though. Last week I had another gall bladder episode. This time it didn’t fade away after one hour. It got worse. So that’s pretty much the beginning of how I ended up spending twenty hours in A&E.

Twenty hours in A&E

The pain started around 10 pm. I was already in bed after a busy day and I was having a conversation with Huib when the pain hit me. I tried to just relax for a while and I was hoping that it would fade away. It didn’t, in fact, after an hour it got much worse. I got some painkillers, but even that didn’t help so around 12.30 am I called a doctor to ask if there was anything they could do, even though it was clear that the pain was coming from my gall bladder. She asked me to come over. They examined me real quick to see if it was in fact the gall bladder (I mean, with my luck it could have been something else entirely) and when the doctor was sure, she gave me a morphine injection. Then I was asked to wait for half an hour to see if the pain would get better.

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