Hospital OOTD! Trying to keep myself amused on the ward 😆 These gowns are awful! 🤣🤣
In this photo I'm tanked up on morphine and haven't eaten in 24 hours.
I'm winding down for the evening when I start to get this uncomfortable feeling as if I've eaten way too much, over the course of a few hours the feelings turns into a knife twisting into my lower right abdomen. I definitely haven't eaten a knife, so at 2am I take my myself to my local Accident and Emergency department.
It's busy, and with only 1 assessment doctor working it takes a long time to be seen. Curled up on a corridor floor for 3 hours, until eventually, intravenous painkillers are offered, and I'm put on a drip. Turns out morphine works well.
12 long hours in A&E before I'm put on a ward to await an ultrasound scan.
Long story short, I'm told I'm imminently about to get an ultrasound for 2 days. It means I can't eat anything for long periods. Because it's the weekend the NHS are ridiculously stretched. Because my pain has lessened they don't think it's appendicitis (thank goodness) but it means I'm lower priority.
Day 3 I have an ultrasound, and it's not a pretty picture. My right ovary has a ruptured cyst inside, which they think was bleeding. There are also 2 other large cysts, one made of blood(!) which might have been twisting my ovary and cutting off blood supply. There are lots of little cysts in there too. Luckily things look stable now, and my body should be able to heals itself. While it's not great news, I'm relieved to find the reason for the pain. They don't think the cysts are cancerous. I'll have more scans to check if the cysts are growing or shrinking, and they are testing me for polycystic ovarian syndrome, and doing more blood tests too.
I'm very thankful for the doctors and nurses who looked after me. It makes me sad to see the conditions they have to work in... I'm also sad for the many patients who are not getting the care they need with everything and everyone stretched too far. I'm used to seeing how bad things are in mental health, but to see it in physical health wards was upsetting. I love the NHS and hugely believe in the principle of free at access healthcare, but the way things are at the moment is not good enough.
I'm doing well in myself, and still have some pain but much less, my mental healths been pretty good considering, I find physical pain much more easy to deal with, I think because I've developed fortitude though my journey. I'm resting up the the moment, but will be past this soon 😊
You can view my live updates on my instagram stories, if you want to see my crying in a waiting room 😂 Thanks for all your support through this unexpected incident 💙
Peace, Love, and Painkillers,