Monday, August 23, 2010

The Post Partum From Hell

I've gotta say. This time the post partum 6 weeks have been quite a doozie. Sawyer's delivery was a breeze and he's a pretty good baby. But he sure has put my poor body through the loop.

First came all the back problems. I was down and out for 1 week, and then spent 2 days a week in physical therapy for 4 weeks. Not fun. Although, I'm happy to report all is just perfect with my back now.

Next came my body not quite healing as it should from the delivery. I was back at the OB at week 3 and week 4 with healing issues. I eventually ended up on an antibiotic to combat an infection that was beginning. So issue number 2 solved.

And now...issue # 3. Which takes the cake so far. I've had crazy intestinal issues for a week. I've also had awful pain in my chest that feels like heartburn on crack every 2 to 3 days. I'm left crying and writhing in pain for about 15 minutes each time until it relieves itself with the most heinous burps I've ever heard. It seriously is just as bad as the mid stages of labor I've experienced prior to epidural.

So, yesterday morning was spent in the ER, getting tests and various bloodwork to figure out what the heck is up with me. An ultrasound revealed the culprit. Gall stones and sludge. I now am referred to a general surgeon to talk about having my gall bladder removed sometime soon. That appointment is on Friday.

Now from what I read and hear, this surgery is supposed to be a breeze. It's done laproscopically and I probably will even get to go home the same day. But still, it is surgery to have an organ removed. I've never had any surgeries other than the d&c's for 2 of my miscarriages. And I'm sure I won't be able to breastfeed for a bit due to the anesthetic in my system and such. So, this should be interesting...and not fun.


Anonymous said...


I am so sorry to hear you are having such a rough recovery. Post partum is such an emotional and stressful time without having added issues, so I feel for you. Surgery is surgery and is scary to deal with, especially when you have two little ones at home.

Good luck with the gall stones. If you have to have surgery, I hope all will go smoothly and you will recover quickly!

Katie said...

My girlfriend had her gall bladder removed after her last pregnancy and it WAS a breeze. . . and she was able to breastfeed the entire time. She did pump for a day or two because it was more comfortable, but she didn't have to stop feeding.

That being said. . . UGH. I am SO sorry. Having any sort of surgery, even a so called "easy" one is never truly easy. I will be thinking of you and keeping my fingers crossed that the recovery from surgery goes well.