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Just a quick update September 27, 2009

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This will be a brief post as I am not thinking clearly due to being on painkillers. I intend to go into more detail when I’m feeling like myself again.

My surgery went well. I have been propping and icing my legs and resting. I will say that I did not feel sick after my surgery and did not need my crutches to get into my car directly after the surgery. I was pretty amazed that I was able to walk, although it is better  to use the crutches to keep the pressure off of my legs. I have no idea what the incisions look like yet. My legs are wrapped from my feet to my knees and on top of that, I have ice packs strapped to the sides of my calves.

The day after the surgery was much more eventful. I got out of bed in the morning to go down the hall to the bathroom. Once I reached the bathroom, I started to feel dizzy. Before I could call my husband for help, I fainted and hit my face and collar bone. He ran in and woke me up, but I fainted again and was out for about 15 seconds and was apparently gurgling from not breathing properly. When he woke me up again, I knew I couldn’t stay awake and asked for an ambulance. My blood pressure was seriously low. I was taken to the ER. They put in an IV and took a blood sample. They said my blood count was ridiculously low and that I needed to have a blood transfusion. I refused and was hysterical. The whole idea of a blood transfusion makes me cringe. The situation didn’t seem right. Four different people were trying to talk me into having the transfusion. I kept refusing. They didn’t know why my blood count seemed so low. They said it was 4 and should be between 12-14. They thought I had internal bleeding or had bled too much during the surgery. (during the surgery, bleeding is very minimal) I asked the one nurse if it had anything to do with having the IV in and having the blood drawn. He asked if the IV was turned on when the other nurse drew my blood and I told him that I thought so. As it turns out, the IV diluted my blood. There was no need for  a transfusion. They didn’t know why I fainted, but just said it was probably vasal vagal syndrome. I understand this as being a shock from having a procedure done or falling and a sudden drop in blood pressure.

Posting this incident is just as important as sharing information on CECS. Know your body and how it works. If something doesn’t sound or seem right, assert yourself and question how the doctors are arriving at their conclusions. Just because you may not be a healthcare professional doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of thinking things through.

Take an active role in your own health and have an advocate that knows what you would or wouldn’t approve of.

The day before surgery September 24, 2009

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Tomorrow I will go in for my fasciotomy at 11am. I am scared, of course. I woke up today feeling sick in my stomach over the whole thing. My main concern is that the surgery will cause my feet to swell more. The type of swelling I have isn’t common with CECS. The physician’s assistant just called while I was typing this. The surgeon said he doesn’t think the surgery will help my swelling and the swelling will most likely get worse for a few weeks, but should go back to the way it is. Should. I hope they are right.

September 19, 2009

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Today, my feet feel tingly and my calves are a bit tight. They don’t feel too bad though. They always ask me at the doctor’s office how they feel on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the worst. I would rate the pain as a 3 today. Most of what is bothering me today is the sinus infection. I’m super dizzy.

Still Home September 18, 2009

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As it turns out, I have a sinus infection which is causing me to feel so dizzy. I just started an antibiotic today, along with a pill to help with dizziness. I was worried that this would postpone my surgery, since all of the information they gave me states that I need to contact the hospital if I become ill with a cold. They also tell you to stop taking anti-inflammatories, fish oil, and herbs 14 days before the surgery. But the PA at the sports medicine office said it should be fine since I have one week to get better. Yea! I would not want to wait any longer for this surgery.

Also, I hope to have photographs from the surgery. If not, I will certainly post photos of my legs after the surgery.

September 14, 2009

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September 15, 2009:
I’ve been battling a pretty bad cold over the past week. I’m trying to get over it in time for my surgery on the 25th. Since I’m experiencing a crazy case of vertigo, I haven’t been able to commute to work. So, lots of propping has been taking place. It’s been good for the legs though…even though I am getting a bit stir crazy.