In April 2016, while out for a long run, I suffered a uterine prolapse. I had to have an unplanned hysterectomy, cystocele, rectocele, and bladder repair/sling. The recovery was pretty tough. And what followed the next year was even tougher. It first began with constant urinary tract infections. At one point I was on antibiotics everyday for four months and then antibiotic shots as well. Then came severe hematuria - macroscopic blood in the urine. I also had painful bladder stones. And severe bloating that made me look 9 months pregnant.
I had visits to the ER. I had several ultrasounds and a CAT scan. I went to my rheumatologist, an allergist, a nephrologist, and two urologists. I had 3 cystoscopies and a kidney biopsy. And after 8 months of bleeding and pain, I finally got an answer.
|Severe Abdominal Bloating|
The Dr said I could run the NYC marathon. He said it wouldn't cause more damage that I would just continue to suffer as I had for the last several months. So I ran. 4 potty breaks and hematuria, extreme RA pain, but I finished! And I am so very grateful for the opportunity! I ran Sunday, flew back Monday, and had surgery on Thursday.
|Bladder Packed with Bladder Stones|
Surgery unfortunately didn't go as planned. They anticipated the surgery would take 30 minutes, but it ended up taking almost 3 hours. There were a lot were more repairs than they were expecting, but fortunately they were able to fix everything. They had to go in thru a cystoscopy (urethra), vaginally, an incision in my belly button, and 5 more incisions in my abdomen. They found and had to remove multiple sutures and calcifications, repair bladder, place fat between vaginal wall and bladder. And they found a significant hernia they had to repair both laparoscopically and openly. They let me come home from the hospital, but sent me with a Foley Catheter. I was told recovery would be 4 weeks and now it's going to be a minimum of 6 weeks. 😢
|Abdomen filled with air, 6 incisions, and bruising. |
Feels like I have been repeatedly kicked in the belly by a horse. And eww that belly button.
|Got to come home from the hospital but was sent home with a Foley Catheter.|