Well, that escalated quickly. My last post talked about how I’d woken up in the middle of the night with shoulder pain. That shoulder pain turned into excruciating shoulder, stomach and chest pain, to the point that I woke up T at around 5am to tell him I was in pain. I’d already taken cocodamol (codeine and paracetamol) at 4am and then I rang the ward where I’d had my op and asked them what to do, and they said I could also take ibuprofen so I took that around 5am.
It didn’t improve and I was in absolute agony so they said go to A&E (Accident & Emergency / ER) so we got a taxi around 6am and went to our local hospital. It wasn’t where I had the surgery – that was in a private hospital over the other side of London and they didn’t open till 8am and I didn’t think I could last that long.
Fortunately A&E wasn’t busy although it still took a while to get seen. From the time we were in the taxi I’d been crying from the pain. It really was excruciating… worse than any of my other operations (I’ve had a few general anaesthetics including surgery and laparoscopies) – it was terrible. I was just begging someone to put me out of my misery. I was hoping they could give me a general anaesthetic or at least sedation so I could stop feeling the pain!
We are lucky we have the NHS… It feels like hours when you’re in pain, but at least I got seen within half an hour. They checked my heart and asked various questions and got me into a gown in a cubicle. I got blood taken and more importantly they gave me some morphine.
Well… It worked really quickly. I went from off the scale pain to a 4 or 5 out of 10 pain, like a low level pain that I could tolerate. All I can say is: Thank goodness for morphine.
Also during the bad time I was just thinking: I don’t think I am cut out for pain. Like seriously, do people give birth without painkillers? There may be an upside to infertility after all. (*Joke.) I would probably just pass out from the pain or ask to be knocked out.
That was Monday. It was a write off. Poor T was supposed to work from home to keep an eye on me but was so tired that I think he went to sleep around 8pm. I dozed most of the day. They said I had to keep taking painkillers on a regular rotation so I wouldn’t get sudden pain like that. So I spent most of yesterday (Tuesday) dosed up and lying around reading and sleeping.
Today the pain has eased a fair amount. I think it’s maybe because I have a lot of painkillers in my system – I’ve been taking them every 4 hours and I do think it helps. It makes me quite groggy though. I have some pain in my stomach, presumably where the fibroid was, but the chest pain and shoulder pain has gone. I’m hoping that’s a good sign.
We’re very much looking forward to our holiday – still a good few days before we fly so I have plenty of time to relax and get better. Thanks to everyone who sent get well wishes! Sorry to be such a wuss!