Tuesday, April 29, 2003
Monday, April 28, 2003
Friday, April 25, 2003
Looks like gym pays off - my blood pressure was excellent while I was in hospital (110/70), whereas it had been a bit high for several months before gym. I'm also recovering exceptionally well, Bernie puts it down to staying in hospital overnight. I think I'd have to add that to being looked after, not having to do cooking, cleaning, or anything for several days, thanks to him. It has probably also helped that I didn't have a net connection for a week (the phone line died due to water destroying the line under the road), and thus couldn't worry about work (as much), and procrastinated very effectively watching lots of cable and reading eight books so far.
I should get on with my honours work now. I am looking forward to being able to go back to yoga and belly dancing, and really wish I could afford the belly dance DVDs I've been wanting to get for so long. But the surgeon's bill, water bills for the past 2 years (see a later post), visa, and obscene phone bills need to be paid off first.
Wednesday, April 16, 2003
The operation was 'suprisingly easy' as the surgeon reported last night. Only a few spots of endometriosis were found, and a couple of adhesions on both ovaries were removed. Not at all what they expected (no bowel involvement at all). It seems there was absolutely no smeared endometrial growths back at all, which is great.
I am recovering well, better than the 3rd op, and they sewed me up very carefully. Stitches come out on Thursday and I should be completely fine to start work again in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately the diagnosis is the worst possible - I have adenomyosis - tested by needle biopsy from a couple of lumpy boggy 'protrusions' in the uterus wall.
The MRI I had about a month back showed I didn't have adeno, so I was completely unprepared for this diagnosis. As I still want the option of having kids (even though the adeno is likely to prevent this from happening) I don't feel ready to make the only decision I have available for treatment - a full hysterectomy. Although there is another form of treatment (partial endometrial ablation), this wouldn't work on me as I also have endometriosis (need to remove the source of the oestragen - the ovaries). *bah*
Adeno is meant to affect women who are much older (40s), not me! The surgeon has suggested that we try other methods for pain management (as this operation is unlikely to have helped at all). So next up, is chinese medicine, naturopathy and diet analysis. And I will need to keep a strict and heavy exercise routine, with lots of yoga to keep mobility in the area. I may also need to stay on hormones to control the growth of the adeno - it sounds like it has got a lot worse since the operations 2 years ago. This is going to take some time for me to come to terms with :-\
Monday, April 14, 2003
Monday, April 7, 2003
A friend mentioned last night that I was very brave to put details of my health and my past abuse online. I not sure I am though. My motivation is to help people in the same/similar situation. Partly it may also be due to having to hide things for 14 years of my life, that and lying are my two major character hates. It's interesting to see how others view it. If I ever get abused/looked down on for putting that information online, I don't really care, because the person doing that has not understood my motives, and perhaps wouldn't go out of their way to help people in those situations. Why should I be a 'private person' when my experiences can help people?
Anyhow, thanks friend, I hadn't looked at it like that before :>
Sunday, April 6, 2003
Saturday, April 5, 2003
A new study seems to contradict previous findings that the pill decreases the risk of ovarian cancer, and can instead double the risk if used for more than 9 years. The study was only on current users of the pill, and more research is needed to see if the risk drops once the use of the pill is stopped. However, the study was done with very little information, and the research needs to be broadened for the evidence to be conclusive. Extended use of the pill is already fairly firmly linked with an increased risk of breast cancer.
I wonder what massive hormonal changes (Zolodex, Lupron, the 3 yearly pill, etc) do to the risk of cancer (cervical, ovarian and breast)?