My fourth laparoscopy

I was the fourth on the list on Friday.  The wait was pretty unbearable so when the anaesthesiologist finally arrived and said I was next, I asked if there was a way that I could get away from the place and grab a steak!  I was finally taken to theatre after 2pm – or 15 hours of nil by mouth.  In recovery I had to ask for a bit of pain medication but I felt alert.  I was delighted to get back to my room where I had lots of water to sip and a hot meal of mystery-meal lasagne.  The food was OK but I didn’t finish it.
I felt so strong after my surgery that after about 3 hours I asked the nurse if I could go home. After fulfilling my patient obligations (evacuating my bladder as well as finishing some paperwork) Helios took me home at about 8:00 and I went straight to bed.  I was tired and sore but not bad, all things considered.  Helios has been patient and loving when I needed to wake him in the night.  I let him lead me to the loo and then back to bed.  He has been happy to refresh my drinks and made me breakfast this morning.  Now he’s off to the shops because he wants to prepare something special for me for tonight’s tea.  What a guy!
Technically speaking, the doctors swabbed my cervix to test for a certain virus in order to ascertain if my abnormal smears are caused by this virus, I was also given a hystoscopy and laparoscopy.  Although the surgery was a complete success, I was given a surprise.  I had no endometriosis cysts to remove.  The symptoms that I have been experiencing are due to fibroids – not endometriosis.  In one way I was delighted because it means that the pain management that I’ve put in place has indeed been successful in managing my endometriosis.  However, something new means that I will need to work hard to manage those symptoms which may ultimately lead to a further surgery.  For now, I have a follow-up appointment that will be scheduled in about 4 weeks’ time.  At that point I will discuss my options and obviously keep you informed.
Needless to say I’m really disappointed and the shock of needing to fight something new has left me in tears.  I’m glad I am not in the office for a bit – it will give me a chance to get accustomed to the idea and put a bright face on my situation.

8 thoughts on “My fourth laparoscopy

  1. Hey Foxy, this sounds so similar to my lap 3 weeks ago! No endo was found but found all adhesions and scar tissue causing all my symptoms, adhesions had also affected my bowel & twisted it into a loop. I wish you the best with your recovery and remember to keep taking it easy xx

  2. Hello Endo Diary,
    I hope you’re feeling better after your lap. My notes didn’t say anything about adhesions and scar tissue but I can hope that the follow-up appointment will be more informative. As if I thought endo was bad enough, a twisted bowel on top sounds like agony!
    Take care

  3. Glad to hear you had a good recovery from your lap, and that the endo management has worked. Very sorry to hear about the fibroids, however. Glad they got you settled though and hopefully – this fourth one will be your last! Thinking of you and sending you wishes for a quick, painless recovery!

  4. Glad your surgery went well and they found out what was causing your trouble. Here’s to a speedy recovery!

  5. Thanks very much Layla. I am still sore but am doing OK. With any luck it will be my last surgery but, as we both know, my endometriosis hasn’t been cured. It could be that my endo may never give me pain again. However, I don’t hold out much hope. Sorry. I’m not feeling very bright today. It’s a curse to live with so much pain.

  6. I hope you’re having an uneventful recovery! Sorry I’m late with this; I’m behind on blog reading. Thinking of you ❤

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