Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Me, Blood, and The Alien Inside

I am super late on posting this, but I did tell someone that I would get the story out there….

This is a long post with some graphic pictures in it HOWEVER stick around and read the ENTIRE THING!

So you may or may not know that I was sick back in September 2017, spent a week in the hospital, and ended up having surgery. So this is that story...

Working is important. We have to work in order to make money in order to survive. Our health is also important and often times we ignore certain signs of things going on in our bodies because we are too busy working.
So a little background/details….
I had a job where I worked 2 hours in the early morning, went home and then came back and worked 5 hours in the afternoon/evening. Having to be at work at 6:30am meant being up at 5am. So I went in at 6:30am and worked until usually 8:30am went home, ate breakfast got back in the bed, woke up and went back to work at 1:30pm and stayed until 6:30pm (sometimes 7pm). This did not include the time I put in having to go to meetings or training, having to shop for supplies, having to go to the corporate office to pick up snacks, having to do paperwork, etc. When I got home in the evenings, I cooked and ate dinner and generally went to bed. Wake up and repeat! On Saturdays, I generally tried to stay in the bed and sleep! And on Sundays, I pretty much tried to mentally prepare for the upcoming week. So as you can see the cycle was basically, EAT, SLEEP, WORK, repeat.
When I started having aches and pains, I attributed it to, stress from a job I hated, or lack of sleep, or age, or just life. I took pain pills and continued on about my business. In the month of September, I started having really bad headaches, which I thought were stress related. I also started having bad pains in the abdominal/stomach/pelvis area. Now, this pain felt familiar and I assumed I knew what it was. Years ago, back in the early 2000’s, I had an episode with my gallbladder. I got with an herbalist, stopped eating beef, changed my diet, took some herbal supplements and eventually passed the small gallstones. Well the pain I was having in September felt similar to that and since I went through this before I already knew how to combat it.

However, the pains increased in frequency and intensity and one morning after my morning shift I went to the ER. At the ER I received an entire litany of tests. The doctor finally came to talk to me and was VERY CONCERNED. He had THAT FACE/THAT LOOK. The look that says there is no coming back from this. He starts out with, did you know you were anemic? I said yes, my previous doctor told me. He said okay, are you taking anything for it? I said well, no, not currently. I had some iron pills prescribed but I finished them all, and the former doctor never put me on more or discussed it again. (I do want to interject here that the former doctor and I had other issues so I ended up getting rid of her.). He says okay…. A few things are going on here. You are not having gallbladder issues. However, there is a mass on your uterus. You are also VERY ANEMIC. Your blood count is at a 5 and it should be at least at or above 9. I’m looking at him like he is crazy and I said okay, but go back to the mass… what is it? He said he couldn’t tell for sure but I needed to make an appointment with my regular doctor ASAP. He could not tell me if the mass was cancerous or benign, that could only be found out by cutting some of the mass and testing it. Do I even need to tell you that I was FREAKING OUT, but trying to stay cool for the family....
Okay, I go in to see my regular doctor, get blood work done, get a referral for an Ob/Gyn, to figure out this mass stuff, and go on home, trying to figure out what my next steps should be. That night (yes about 8 0clock THAT NIGHT) I get a call from my doctor’s office. Now mind you, in order to get this call at night time, the lab people had to think it was so urgent that they called the nurse in my doctor’s office AFTER HOURS who then called me! And the nurse tells me I need to get myself to emergency NOW! My blood work came back and it was now at a 4. Now mind you, I just got done cooking dinner and was ready to grub! So I’m like okay can I just come in tomorrow morning? She says, NO, with this low-level blood count you may not make it until the morning. **DON'T JUDGE ME, I WAS HUNGRY DAMMIT!**
So I already know I am about to be admitted, so I pack me a little overnight bag and hightail it on over to the ER. So, of course, I go through more tests and poking and prodding. They do admit me. So after EKGs, MRIs, CT Scans, the entire alphabet of tests, bottom line…… 
I had a Fibroid Tumor which had grown so large it was pressing on and displacing organs in the abdominal region (which is why I was feeling that pressure of the gallbladder) the tumor was pushing everything out of place.




This THING, this MASS has been sitting in there growing like an alien. Waiting to burst out and kill me. (Y'ALL SAW THAT MOVIE!).
Image result for ALIEN BUST OUT BODY

Anyway, I digress...
I had been having heavy periods (menstrual cycles) for as long as I can remember, however in the past year or two they had gotten ridiculously heavy. I mean, I was wearing two overnight pads, bleeding through them both, blood running down my legs, having to change like every 20 minutes. This contributed to the low iron and low blood count because I was bleeding so much. And my cycle was lasting 2-3 weeks. This alien mass was taking over my body! The entire mass was 1710 grams which equal 3 pounds and 12 ounces. Now you may say to yourself, 3 pounds is not a lot HOWEVER when you think about a 4-pound bag of sugar, take out about a cup of that sugar and the rest of the bag is inside your abdominal area…. Yea that is a lot! And to top that off, I also had cysts on my ovaries and fallopian tubes. So ending result I needed a hysterectomy. However, due to my low blood count, they could not perform surgery and risk me bleeding out what little blood I did have.
So I had to endure a couple days of blood transfusions first. They gave me 5 bags of blood to get my blood levels up and I also had to get a bag of iron. I had to drink a bottle of laxative, to make sure I was empty for surgery. Do you understand the effects that a BOTTLE of laxative has??? So eventually all levels were at a comfortable level to operate. On 9/11/17 I had a full hysterectomy. Full hysterectomy means EVERYTHING OUT (EVERYTHING MUST GO SALE!!) uterus, ovaries, and tubes. But hell after 5 damn kids I don’t need that stuff anymore anyway! Thinking back, 9/11/17 could have been the day I died. The day the ALIEN killed me. but instead, God said NOT SO! So finally the alien was removed...


All tests done on the removed mass proved to be benign PRAISE HIM!!!

NO CANCER HERE!

But the point of this very long story is GO SEE A DOCTOR! DO NOT self-diagnose, DO NOT assume you know what the pain is. DO NOT think you can continue to put your health on a back burner. DO NOT work yourself to death. DO NOT put off until tomorrow what should be done now, because tomorrow may never come.
Take your vitamins.
See your doctor.
Change (or at least) monitor your diet.

To my earlier point what good is working if you are killing yourself?


Still Alive,
Regina


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4 People Saying Something!

Ann Brock 13 February, 2018 17:20

Wow! I’m glad you are doing well.

Elfreda Jones

WOW! Praise God 'Gina. All is well with you. Thank You! Let me find my OB/GYN's number......

Barbara

Wow.. I'll talk to you offline.. but I'm so glad that you're doing better & ain't dead!.. Health is wealth... Health is wealth. Health is Wealth..

CCG 14 February, 2018 12:55

PRAYERS, LOVE, HEALING, RECOVERY, BLESSINGS, and; HUGGY-HUGGY-HUGGY HUGS!!!

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