I'm having continued problems with my rear-end. The abscess that flared up at the end of January and responded to antibiotics kinda returned. But just like last time, it settled down a day or two before I saw my surgeon, only this time I wasn't on antibiotics. He's a bit perplexed about what's going on and wants me to have some examinations. In April I'm off to Concord Hospital (inner-west suburb of Sydney) to have an endoscopic ultrasound of the area. But before then I'm having a colonoscopy because the surgeon is wondering if there's something "up stream" that's coming down and causing the infections. That's on Thursday. So tomorrow I begin
Ooh, I'd better write a new journal to get that last one off my front page. I really must move on from my bottom problems and get on with my life. Speaking of which, I developed another abscess at the end of January but it was a small one and thankfully seemed to have responded to the antibiotics I was given. It flared up just as my surgeon was coming back from holidays and it had settled down the day before I went to see him. He didn't paint a good picture however; he doesn't know why I'm having these problems and there's probably nothing I can do to stop anything developing in the future :(
For now it seems to be behaving itself though...
(for those who don't get the reference: Annus horribilis)
Well this is the time of year when we all look back on the year that was and reflect on what happened. For me, one part of my anatomy has drawn my focus for much of this year. The anal abscess in March was the beginning, followed by many months of niggling aches and pains. After bugging my GP several times in August and September, my surgeon found a fistula in October but it burst painlessly days before surgery and the IV/anaesthesia ended up being for naught. Then something flared up just before my birthday in November, so I had an MRI (which tuned up nothing of worry). Another inspe
(but money, presents, and lollies will still be accepted)
Ugh. I'm going into surgery again tomorrow for essentially the same thing as last time. This fistula is a lot smaller and just under the skin. It hasn't formed a boil-like body of puss like the last one. The surgeon said he'll check it before I go into the operating theatre to see if it's healed itself up like the last one did. With any luck, it will have healed and I can go home (hopefully without an IV too!). Otherwise he'll probably cut it open, which will make going to the toilet difficult. And the anaesthetic will leave me useless until Friday afternoon, at least.
This all assum
I'll write a little about my surgery and that will hopefully the end of my "bottom problems". I'll try to write about other things that are going on in my life (and mind) soon in another journal post.
I went in for surgery on Thursday. I hate needles and anaesthetic, so I was pretty anxious about the whole thing. But in the end the surgeon didn't actually do much. The outside end of the fistula had burst on the previous Sunday. So all he did was give me an "inspection" and pump me full of antibiotics. The anaesthetic left me useless for the rest of the day - I was really dizzy and sitting up made me nauseous so I napped in the spare bedroom.