Posts Tagged ‘Surgery’

Lilly’s Surgery

May 8, 2021

Two weeks ago Lily acquired a sore on her face which quickly turned big, red and eventually bloody. The initial thought was possibly an allergic reaction to a bug bite or an infection due to a mild injury that got dirty. The third option was an abscess in her jaw.

This is when it was inflamed, before it got bloody

At first before it turned bloody, we though of the insect bit & I have her, on the advice or a vet, an antihistamine which did take the swelling down a bit.

Then I woke the next day to a bloody mess. The swelling was a collection of blood – a hematoma. So, she went into the vet at the next available appointment. The vet determined it was an infection, but was unsure of the cause. It could have been a cut that just got infected or, it could be an abscess in her tooth.

Between the potential of the abscess, the quality of her teeth, and the smell of her breath it was decided that she needed to get her teeth done. So Thursday she was put under anesthesia and her teeth were cleaned. Several teeth were also removed either due to abscess (the little back molar cause the hematoma), potential abscesses or they are going to shortly fall out on their own. ,

When she got home, I had to go over to my sister’s, so she cuddled up in Grandma’s lap under a blanket & everything . A Very calm and mellow dog, which is not Lilly. As the anesthesia was wearing off she got hungry and jumped down and ate the small bit of food I left upstairs for her. I had told mom that because of the anesthesia her balance would probably be off until not let her go down the stairs cuz she might fall. Despite these instructions, Lilly snuck down stairs & Ste the food that I’d left her down here.

They shaved he nose a bit to do a wound check.

She is recovering well.. not back 100% to normal, but close.. ­čÖé

My Atypical Endometriosis

March 12, 2021

When I was first referred to a gynecologist in the Spring of 1998 for abdominal pain that she was certain that it was not endometriosis. She referred me back to my GP with recommendation of a referral to a gastroenterologist as she believed the issue was more through my digestive system then my gynecological system.

I saw the gastroenterologist, had my colonoscopy and did confirm that yes I did have IBS & was referred back to the gynaecologist in March of 1999

Symptoms of Endometriosis: Heavy Menstrual Cycle, Severe Pelvic Pain, Fatigue and Long Irregular Menstrual Cycles

She was still very hesitant on the idea that I have endometriosis as my symptoms were ‘atypical’ . For me my symptoms included

  • Pelvic Pain. Yes, but all month long, not just during my cycle
  • Heavy & irregular cycles but controlled with birth control pills
  • Lack of reaction to Depo-Provera
  • Bowel pain all month long, not just during my cycle
  • Both diarrhea & constipation which could easily just be IBS.

Symptoms I don’t have:

  • Cycle dependant pain
  • Pain during or following sex
  • Heavy & irregular cycles because they were controlled with the birth control pill.
  • No consistent IBS flaring during Menstrual cycle
  • No family history (that we knew of) of endometriosis
  • Severe & regular migraines during Menstrual cycle
  • No bloating
  • No breakthrough bleeding between cycles because cycle were controlled with birth control pills
  • High sex drive as most women with Endometriosis have a below average sex drive

So while I had some symptoms, they weren’t a standard or typical case.After 3 months of pushing her to do an exploratory laparoscope which she eventually did. I think she agreed to do it more to shut me up than believing I had endo.

And low & behold! Endometriosis stage 2 I believe. Since she went in believing she would not find endometriosis, she did not have sufficient tools to access & remove all the endometrial tissues. But I had my diagnosis.

So, if you know you have Endometriosis and your doctor does not, push the issue. Worse case it’s negative. Or if you are like me, you prove your doctor wrong.