Thursday, January 10, 2013

I'm Not Crazy!

A lot of you have been following me for sometime and even came from my other blog Mittens.
Through the years I have complained about not feeling right or in the hospital on many different occasions since having my son 4 years ago.

My pregnancy was not easy...far from it and landed me in the hospital throughout it.  Afterwards I was told I would need an emergency hysterectomy and so that was done.

Ever since then I had complained of pain and discomfort in my abdominal area. 
I had been told many times, I was tired a new mom, stress does that too you. Calm down relax take a break, on and on and on...
well a year ago I found myself having heart attack like symptoms and landed right back in the ER.
Doctor visit after doctor visit, I was told Mrs Gonzalez there is absolutely nothing wrong with you.

I beg to differ.  I am feeling 60 in a 30 something body.  It shouldn't be this hard to have a kid.  I see other moms playing and enjoying life.  What happened to me?

Cut to the summer and wham back in the ER again!  We did every test imaginable but still NOTHING!!!
I had officially gone crazy.  This led to me panicking over every little thing and thinking I was losing my mind

It is not fun not to be taken seriously and I gave up.  The pain came and I kept quiet.  The issues I was having again over the holidays took  a backseat to my family needs.  I kept quiet.  I asked for help but was denied from a family member and I lost it.  Finally, I fell so ill I took myself back to the doctor and was diagnosed with flu like symptoms and they put me on an antibiotic.  By day 3 my stomach hurt so bad that I couldn't take the pain.  My husband rushed me to the ER once again.  Again they told me go home, there was nothing they could do but give me pain meds and to follow up with a GI specialist.  I went back to my doctor on Monday and finally he realized that this was serious.
They put me in for a Hida Scan and found my Gallbladder was only working at 10%!!!!

The root of all my problems was found!  I am not CRAZY!!!! 
This makes me feel so much better and I just wanted to shout it from my car window on the way home from the doctor. 
My surgery is this week, so I will be missing in action for the rest of the week here.

Footnote*  I know a lot of people say that animals can detect things in life.  But I have to say this is very true in my case.  For the last year my cat has grown inseparable from me.  And would tend to lay on the very spot my pain was coming from.  I would always shoo him away, one because it hurt for him to lay on me and two because I had become allergic to him.  He would follow me everywhere in the house and even lay at my bedside on my pillow as I would fall asleep, which he had never done before.  I found it very strange until the diagnoses came through.  Then it all made sense.  Okay now you can call me crazy but I believe he was trying to tell me I was sick.


Suzanna Scott said...

Oh my gosh Amy!! I haven't been following you as far back as the start of this story so I didn't know about some of the health issues you've been dealing with. Hard to believe that doctors could never diagnose this until now...SO glad that your doctor finally figured it out. Please take care of yourself. I'll be thinking of you as you have surgery later this week. Hugs, Suzanna

Julie said...

Oh my dear Amy - I am SO happy that you finally have a diagnosis & can feel your relief. It is NO fun to be not listened to and not believed., we know our own bodies and when things are not right. Even the kitty cat knew that you were unwell. I am glad it will all soon be resolved and you can feel well again.
Thinking of you and sending warm wishes your way for a positive outcome. That is a BEAUTIFUL photo of the 3 of you at the top. Gentle hugs, Julie :-)

Gail Thayer said...

Oh Amy!

My gosh, I'm so glad they found the problem and that it will be fixed.....and yes, I totally agree about animals 'sensing' pain in their humans!
Take care my friend and quick healing to you.....:).

Tammy of {Tattered and Timeless} said...

I've been gone from blog world for a bit but wanted to jump in and say - Amen they finally figured it out. I am so glad that you will be on the road to recovery soon and life will be an amazing -non painful journey again. Prayers are with you for the surgery and the recovery..
so glad for you - tammy

Susan said...

Oh Amy, what a relief it must be to have finally found the reason for your discomfort and pain. I will say some prayers for your surgery this week. Hopefully you will be resting comfortably and on the mend soon afterward. It will be wonderful when you can get your old energy back.
I'm so sorry to hear you had to go through such a difficult pregnancy and birth 4 years ago. You are a strong woman, my friend.
(get those crochet needles ready!)
Take care,

" SHABBY JUNK" said...

I totally believe u. Doctors are Very incompetant. I have had things that never go away. Doctors just want to throw drugs at u. They get a kickback from every script they write. I have been breaking out since before xmas. They gave me steroids. When I was done , I broke out . I have given up. No u are not crazy, It is crazy we pay drs. good money to get nothing. Hope u get better soon. Glad someone found a cause for your symptoms.

Sue said...

Life will be better for you soon! Take care my friend. . .


Mom E. said...

I am SO glad someone finally listened to you! I would like to scream at someone in your behalf, drives me NUTS when they think someone is just exaggerating because you have been to ER enough times they think they know you, and your are just a hypochondriac....*grrrrrrrr*....I have two friends this has happened to and both had serious conditions with extensive abdominal infections for months and could have died. I pray the gal bladder surgery goes well...I hope it is at a DIFFERENT hospital... they don't deserve your business..*grrrr GRRRRRRR*..
I had my gal bladder removed and even with the laparoscopic surgery it took a few weeks before I felt better. It takes a week for my body to get over the anesthetic...really...
So glad you are able to fix this NOW! **GGGGGRRRRRRR GGGGGRRRR*
Hugs to your heart,

Faded Charm said...

So glad they found the problem and I hope after you have surgery you will feel like yourself again:-) It's no fun to be in pain all the time.

Wishing you the bestm ny friend.


Lynn Richards said...

I love the photo of the 3 of you....I had no idea about the cat! You know, they have dogs trained to be able to tell when a seizure is about to happen, so it's no surprise your cat knew something was wrong.
Wish I could bring you soup!!

Rhonda said...

I'm not surprised about your cat knowing, they do know where we need healing. I pray everything goes well and you know I'm here for you. xo R

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

....and that's why it's called "practicing medicine." So happy you *finally* found someone who listened, and who is very competent.

Animals are amazing.....

I hope you recover quickly!


Petite Michelle Louise said...

i am so very happy for you that have an answer to all that has plagued you for so long now. i hope your surgery and time will restore you to your "whole" self once again. prayers and many thoughts your way! ;)

Gail said...

Gosh Amy what a terrible time you have had !! and yeah I'm sure animals know more than we think ! maybe you won't be allergic to your lovely cat after your op.... fingers crossed x
Gail x