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The story behind my stay in hospital - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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The story behind my stay in hospital
This is the story of my hospital visit. On Tuesday 10th I finished work at 8 a.m., went home, and had smoked mackerel on bread as my time-shifted equivalent of an evening meal. I began to feel a little bloated and uncomfortable in the abdominal region; the Wombat had reported similar feelings after eating that particular bread (although, as she’s gluten-sensitive, this was normal for her) and so I attributed my sensations to the bread too. It had been the last night of my 5 night shift at work and so I stayed up until the late afternoon, went to bed, and slept until about 2 a.m. then got up.

Wednesday what had been abdominal discomfort escalated to pain; not all that severe, actually, and it was low down in my abdomen. I felt very tired and spent a lot of the time asleep. Then, in the evening, I happened to touch my navel.

There was a bulge. I’d vaguely noticed, in the past few weeks, that I might have a slight bulge there and I’d made a mental note to go to the doctor about it in the period before Xmas when I have some time off work. However this bulge was larger, much harder, and *hot* to the touch.

So first thing Thursday morning I phoned the doctor, got an appointment for 12 noon, and when I was seen (at quarter-past one, where is Mussolini when you need him?) the doctor immediately phoned the hospital and arranged a bed for me on the men’s surgical ward. Strangulated umbilical hernia.

I was operated on sometime Thursday evening – I lost track of time after being anaesthetised – and they let me out of hospital Saturday lunchtime. I have a row of staples down my stomach that make me look as if I’ve had a zipper fitted.

I feel quite well and pain-free, actually, but I am tiring very easily and having to spend a lot of time asleep – and in fact I’m off to bed now.

Thank you to everyone who has sent me good wishes.


21 comments or speak 2 me
ffutures From: ffutures Date: December 16th, 2013 06:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're OK - hope it heals quickly.
trepkos From: trepkos Date: December 16th, 2013 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Phew! Glad that was quickly sorted out!
spiced_wine From: spiced_wine Date: December 16th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good to know that it was quickly dealt with and now you can heal. Take care of yourself!
shipperx From: shipperx Date: December 16th, 2013 07:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Take care, and heal quickly!
ellynn_ithilwen From: ellynn_ithilwen Date: December 16th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope that you`ll soon be as new. *hugs*
cat63 From: cat63 Date: December 16th, 2013 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ouch. Glad they got you diagnosed and sorted quickly. I hope you mend well and quickly too.
hobbituk From: hobbituk Date: December 16th, 2013 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am glad you are feeling better- and how lucky this didn't all happen next week!!!

From: beer_good_foamy Date: December 16th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you got the help you needed. Feel better!
kathyh From: kathyh Date: December 16th, 2013 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hope you feel better soon.
shapinglight From: shapinglight Date: December 16th, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm not surprised you feel tired. Sleep well!
paratti From: paratti Date: December 16th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Get well soon.
greek_jester From: greek_jester Date: December 16th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, ouch. So, so glad that you got to the doctor in time, and that they were good enough to actually listen and get you the help you need.

The timing sucks, this close to the holidays, but hopefully your recovery will be smooth.

Have a good Xmas, you and your family.
lilachigh From: lilachigh Date: December 16th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
So glad you are feeling better. Hope all continues well.
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: December 17th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Get lots of sleep and I hope that you feel better soon.
vikingprincess From: vikingprincess Date: December 17th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
I am EXTREMELY glad that you went in as quickly as you did (for relative values of quickness once you arrived at the doctor, that is), and even gladder that your doctor was a snappy decision-maker.

Take it as easy as you can for the next several weeks - any surgery at all is no joke, and abdominal surgeries are frequently quite lengthy in recovery. Listen to the sleepiness!

gillo From: gillo Date: December 17th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you're safely home and starting to feel better. Now do as the nurses tell you.
slaymesoftly From: slaymesoftly Date: December 17th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
How scary. Glad you got it seen to so quickly and are on the mend!
thismaz From: thismaz Date: December 17th, 2013 05:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad you're feeling better. Take care of yourself.
janedavitt From: janedavitt Date: December 17th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
My brother had that at Christmas when he was one years old :-( So glad they caught it and dealt with it in time. Get well soon! ::hugs::
hurry_sundown From: hurry_sundown Date: December 17th, 2013 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Goodness, that sounds like entirely too much excitement. Glad it's taken care of, and hope you'll be feeling your usual self in short order.
cordykitten From: cordykitten Date: December 17th, 2013 11:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow they got you to the hospital very quick. Hope the op cured it for good now. Taking it slowly sounds good - take care of yourself.
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