I promised an update on me and so here goes. It seems that my generation and older seems to squirm about personal issues, but frankly, I’m tired of that. So, I’m posting what’s been happening with me because more often than not, when I do post on something personal, several people will usually e-mail me and tell me a similar story. We really are not alone in this world and I’m absolutely fine with this discussion.
Last Spring term at school, I could not wait for school to get out. I was completely spent. I could not get enough sleep. I attributed it to my busy lifestyle and just pure exhaustion. Boredom is a foreign concept to me.
One time at school, I had my period, and it was not pretty. Let’s just say that if Jesus were here walking down my street, I would the woman with the issue of blood racing to touch his robe. I knew that I needed to do something because after that day, I realized that every month, it would be necessary to remain at home for a few days so I could take care of said bleeding issue . . it was that bad, and it has gotten worse, currently over 6 weeks nonstop. I cannot afford that kind of disruption at school.
Additionally, for the last couple of years, I noticed weight again — specifically in my belly. If you are around my age, every symptom known to womankind can be attributed to pre-menopause or menopause symptoms and so that was the explanation I gave myself. It’s a lot easier to blame that than to interrupt your schedule to make an appointment that will tell you what you already know, right? :)
Well, I eventually had enough of the issue and finally scheduled an appointment with my gynecologist who informed me that my uterus was the size of a 12-wk pregnancy.
Whoa! Say what? 12-wk pregnancy? No wonder I look like I’m 12 weeks pregnant!
I started poking and prodding my belly, and sure enough, could feel the top of my uterus just below my belly button. I am normally very in tune with my body, how could I have missed this? I scheduled an ultrasound and had blood tests done. I’m slightly anemic – that explains why I’m tired all the time, and there is a uterine fibroid. Mine measured over 10 cm – bigger than a softball. HELLO!!!
What the heck? What’s going on in my body that it needs a soft-ball sized fibroid? I’m envisioning each month a softball game going on in my nether regions and I wasn’t even invited to participate. Ridiculous!
Here’s a bit of info:
About 20 percent to 80 percent of women develop fibroids by the time they reach age 50. Fibroids are most common in women in their 40s and early 50s. Not all women with fibroids have symptoms. Women who do have symptoms often find fibroids hard to live with. Some have pain and heavy menstrual bleeding.
Fibroids also can put pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination, or the rectum, causing rectal pressure. Should the fibroids get very large, they can cause the abdomen (stomach area) to enlarge, making a woman look pregnant. (Source)
Evidently, many women have fibroids and never know it because they do not cause any symptoms. These are the women who go on in life with no issues. And obviously they or their body can easily tolerate the uninvited intruder. They be havin’ a good time playing softball without any negative effects. Cool for them!
I guess I’m special because the intruder is wreaking havoc on me physically. And as chief umpire, I’m calling this softball along with its player officially:
Tomorrow is the day I will be free!!!! The invader (fibroid) and its host (my uterus) have one last day of residing in my body. I have surgery first thing in the morning tomorrow. I will stay overnight in the hospital 1 or possibly 2 nights depending on recovery. Because of the size of the uninvited guest, the surgery will be done via abdomen, so I’ve been hearing it will be comparable to a c-section. So, for anyone who has had a c-section or this kind of surgery, please let me know what helped you in your recovery process.
I have no idea what will become of the blog for the next few weeks. Will it interfere with my writing mojo? Or, will it make me have more time for writing? Anyway, I guess we’ll find out together.
Thanks for hanging on with me. I have another post coming up and will be scheduling a new blog post of Kathi’s as she continues her series on reviewing the book, God’s Design. (Her excellent first article is here.)
The only knitting that will be happening is outside my womb from tomorrow on out – – haha! Y’all, I can have a lot of fun with this. Any and all jokes/puns are certainly welcome :) Yes, I am bringing my knitting needles to the hospital!
photo credits: Solano College Infielder Kylie Larsen (06) via photopin (license), Solano College Outfielder Molly Schnurr (14) via photopin (license), and Sierra College Catcher/First Baseman/Third Baseman Lexi Wagoner (21/33) via photopin (license)