The last few weeks have been -- uhhh -- eventful. I had an appendectomy on September 14. (Reminder: I’m pregnant – 29 weeks at that time.)
Now, I'm going to go into this story only to back up my plea to all the moms out there to PLEASE listen to yourself! Moms have a reputation for putting their own issues on the back burner for the good of the family. I shake off an ache here or a sore throat there and keep pushing to get dinner ready or Lincoln to gymnastics. It's what we do. Sometimes (usually, I hope) it's OK. Sometimes, it isn't. This time for me, it wasn't the thing to do, and I knew it even if others didn't.
I had gone to the emergency room on the 10th complaining of stomach and side pain. I was sent home that day only to return the 13th because I wasn’t better. My head, my heart and my pain told me to go back.
At my first visit I was told I had the flu and probably pulled a muscle from being sick. I wasn’t that sick and pretty much begged them to keep looking for something. They said they did all they could (ultrasound, some GI stuff, etc.), and I should go home, take Tylenol and apply heat to my side. I went home and did what they told me to do. I figured I went there for help and that they are trying to help so I'll listen. I never got better.
When I came back on the 13th, I had a CT scan. This was ordered by my OB, but not the greatest thing to do on a pregnant woman. I assume that's why this usual (on only) next step for a non-pregnant person wasn't taken the first time. The CT scan showed I had appendicitis. Surgery followed the next morning where it was found out that my appendix had actually burst but contained itself (and all the "junk") in a sack. This could have been a lot worse. I was given medicine to prevent preterm labor and also some shots to develop baby girl’s lungs, brains and bowels in case she made her debut since abdominal surgery is risky when they’ve got a big baby to work around.
So, I tell you this tale because I want to make sure you listen to yourself. I sort of did but didn’t in this situation at first. For whatever reason baby and I were protected from something very serious – had I waited it out any long, I may not have been able to write this blog post for you or had some kind of different news to report to you all about baby girl. I thought I had gone to the right place where they could help a pregnant lady (I won’t tell you where, but you can probably guess), but that particular doctor was a little scared of the situation – or so I was told by my OB.
I’m on the mend. Baby girl is kicking away in there and as far as anyone can tell, she’s unharmed and waiting for late Nov. to meet us all. I hope the decisions I made these last few weeks for her were good ones. I wasn't prepared to make life or death decisions just yet for her or myself, frankly.
Did any of you have an appendectomy while pregnant? Anyone have any surgeries while pregnant?