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I really do. I'm all over Facebook, but keep forgetting my first love, LJ. Ahhh, I'm such a fickle bitch.

I don't know why. I mean, I have to be pretty careful about what I put on FB. I have people from work on there, and ex-work, and high school, and family. I just got picked up by my 14 year old nephew, so I have to be even more careful so I don't break him too young.

I mean, I can cuss all I want on LJ. FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKITY FUCK. See?

Anyways, a quick medical update. I was released from the hospital on October 4, 2012 with a metric fuckton of pain pills, two pee bags (one that strapped to my leg for day--Activewear for the pee-bag set, I guess. The big selling point on that one per the nurse was that I could pee standing up. Whoopie shit. As my area rug, socks, and bathroom floor can attest, I was not very good at that one. The other was the big "overnight bag" that hung on the side of the bed and I carried it with me around the house. It was suggested on Facebook that I should Sharpie "LV" all over and carry it with panache around the neighborhood. [livejournal.com profile] snixen teased me relentlessly about it and still uses it as a threat.) and a 10" long vertical incision full of staples.

I was waited on hand and foot by my beloved husband (who really is too good for me). A few nightws later I developed a 102.4 fever. So off to the Dr. on that Monday AM.

Turns out I was fighting off the flu, and Thom had caught the flu. I'm thanking every diety out there that it did not go to my lungs, because I cannot fathom having to cough (more than I already did) with that incision.

The doctor got my pathology reports back--no cancer, for which I am also very grateful to aforementioned dieties, but I had adenomyosis (endometriosis of the actual uterus), uterine polyps, a cyst in my fallopian tube, and massive fibroids. She took out eight pounds of fibroids and uterus, and had to take one of my ovaries because it was entangled with everything.

I had to go the radiology place so they could take that lovely catheter and fill my bladder up with iodine to the point of pain so they could check it for leaks. (She points at the table which is waist high to me. "Care to hop up on the table?" Me: "No." Her: "Uhm, you need to get on the table." Me: "I'm not hopping anywhere. Help?")

The next day I got the catheter out and I was finally able to start walking around the neighborhood. (I had an aversion to wearing a bag of warm pee on my leg and then going out walking and sweating with it) I can assure you I couldn't stop grinning for the first day after that damned thing was out either.

So my staples are out, I'm peeing on my own. I just got cleared to drive and overdid it yesterday, and did too much again today.

So in short, I'm doing great! When I'm not tired from being an idiot and overdoing, my energy level is already better than pre-surgery. Doctor says that when my blood counts are all normal again, I will find that this was a life changing surgery. I think she's right.

Just got the hospital bill in. $42,531.42 is the going rate to have a total abdominal hysterectomy, FYI. That doesn't count the $647.00 for fixing the bladder or whatever my doctor's billing is going to be, or any of the other myriad of charges that I'm sure will filter in over the next few weeks.

Date: 2012-10-21 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] veronica-rich.livejournal.com
I think my bill was a little over $30,000, but I didn't have the complications you did post-surgery, either. (They DID get ALL the staples, right? LOL)

Glad you're doing better!

Date: 2012-10-21 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crevette.livejournal.com
Yep. And I was so glad that they did so Thom would stop trying to stick magnets to them. He did the same thing when I had staples in my head.

Date: 2012-10-21 02:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] msilverstar
Fucking fabulous news! Eight pounds of fibroids and! Glad you are recuperating.

Date: 2012-10-21 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crevette.livejournal.com
Thanks!

Date: 2012-10-21 03:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gobsmacked.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you are recuperating. Don't overdo it.

Date: 2012-10-21 03:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] possumcowboy.livejournal.com
Sure am glad you ain't dead!

Date: 2012-10-21 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kefiraahava.livejournal.com
Eight pounds of fibroids? OMG. Did they stake them, burn them, and sow the burial ground with salt once they were finished with what they needed for pathology? Because it seems as though they should have....

Glad to hear you're recuperating well and that you're already seeing improvements!

Date: 2012-10-21 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crevette.livejournal.com
Thom put on facebook that my uterus beat up a parking valet, rolled him for keys and stole a car, and hasn't been seen since. Most people believed him.

Date: 2012-10-21 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] namastenancy.livejournal.com
I am so happy that the nightmare that weighed you down is GONE. Take that uteri and alien growths. Die, Die, Die! Now you can get back to more important things like drooling over Orlando (or boy of the day or night, as you prefer) and keeping us entertained.

Date: 2012-10-21 04:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adelheide.livejournal.com
I'm so glad to hear you're doing okay. I was a bit worried.

Man, after all that, you deserve cookies. No--cake. With oodles of fudge and icing. And cookies.

Hope you mend quick.

Date: 2012-10-21 09:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kalimeg.livejournal.com
Whoa! Considering all the stuff you reported, they really did let that go on a bit long. Glad you are the road to feeling MUCH better.

Date: 2012-10-21 10:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] docjeff.livejournal.com
You sound like someone in dire need of 70s schlock. :) *Hugs*

Eight pounds of fibroids? No wonder your uterus had such a sunny disposition. Sheesh. On the other paw, though, trying to creating your own FSM should earn you double karma points. :)

Date: 2012-10-21 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grail76.livejournal.com
Glad you're doing better. Nice to have you back.

Date: 2012-10-21 05:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fyrdrakken
So glad you've gotten the whole mess finally taken care of for good. I just regret that you had complications, and that it took so long before you were able to get this done (not least because if you'd gotten it out earlier odds are your insides might have been in slightly better shape and it might have been less problematical of a surgery).

Date: 2012-10-21 08:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lhun-dweller.livejournal.com
Congratulations on being catheter-free and more energetic!
Think of the bills as a sort of revenge-by-proxy: many of those medical insurance adjusters probably have housing loans...

Date: 2012-10-21 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] czarina69.livejournal.com
Geez. I'm so glad you are going to be okay, but damn, maybe you should have had them pull out all the female reproduction parts while they were in there?! Your uterus seems to really hate you. Anyway, glad you are back up and walking around without a pee bag!

Date: 2012-10-22 02:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] may-lyn.livejournal.com
alive and breathing are good, veddy veddy good. but i must admit, i will miss the 'uterus, what you doing? uterus, staaaaaaap!' posts you used to do.

love and miss you!

Date: 2012-10-22 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reprobayt.livejournal.com
I hope you continue to heal!

Date: 2012-10-22 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silmaril.livejournal.com
Very glad to hear that healing is progressing, and here's to hoping it progresses even faster. And extra congratulations on getting me to make the face I made when I read "...eight pounds..."

Date: 2012-10-23 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yoiebear.livejournal.com
I'm glad you're feeling better! And that things are looking up for you. Damn, you've been through a lot.

The cost of medical care is totally insane, BTW. When I had my first brain/skull/neck surgery and spent 19 days in the hospital, which included three days of cervical traction, two surgeries, three days in ICU, and two lower lumbar procedures (sticking a tpdrain tube in my spine to leech spinal fluid out three time a day), that bill was neatly rounded to $350,000. I've never loved the cheapass company I work for more since the health insurance I have through them (I paid $180 per month for it) has a deductible of $2,500. If I hadn't chosen the "good" coverage plan, that year would have not only bankrupted me, but my parents.

Date: 2012-10-24 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mitchy.livejournal.com
Glad to hear you're recovering! Take care of you, so you can enjoy your new found health!

Curse Facebook for luring another LJ-er into its evil clutches. Umm. Would you friend an LJ person on Facebook if you knew their real name or do you only friend folks you actually know in real life?

Date: 2012-11-01 10:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sorchawench.livejournal.com
Who are ya on FB?

Date: 2012-11-08 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
Hi there! I am poking my head back onto LJ long enough to attempt to get FB page addys for folks that are still around, since I am barely *ever* on here and am always on there. So if you happen to have an FB page you would be interested in sharing, let me know so I can friend you over there. :)

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