Monday, October 10, 2016

Life Gave Me Another Spider...

I've been wrestling with this post, trying to decide what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. Then I went outside for a minute and life gave me another spider, one that's even better than the last spider it sent to cheer me up.

This guy was lurking outside my sewing room door. He's huge! I'm not a big fan of spiders, especially not big scary looking spiders, but he's outside doing his spider thing and that's fine with me. Then I moved the door and he scuttled across his web to hide under a big leaf that was stuck there.

Because, apparently I'm the scary one. When I went back outside with the camera, he tried to hide behind the siding. Do spiders have issues with anxiety?

I had the procedure on Thursday. It wasn't a hysterectomy, it was a uterine ablation, which is drastic enough for me  at this point.

When I started taking Warfarin my usually light periods got heavy. When they switched me to Xarelto back in February, those heavy periods got downright scary. I mentioned it to the GP, and to the gynecologist, and the hematologist....and no one paid much attention except to give me the standard guidelines for when to head to the emergency room.

And this is the part where I'm going to jump up and down in praise of doing online research. It turns out I've been losing a lot of blood over the past eight months -- I knew that and told my doctors that, but I wasn't using the right details to describe it. I'll spare you those, except to tell you if you think your doctor is ignoring you there are some sites that explain how to go from "a lot" to an actual measurement. Once I had actual measurements, the doctor's reaction changed  from "that's just the blood thinners" to "we need to deal with this."

It's too soon to know if the ablation will be effective, or how effective it will be, but at least I survived the procedure itself!


Libby in TN said...

Valuable advice. Glad you "survived" the procedure and hope it has the effect you are seeking.

Auntiepatch said...

Sometimes you have to just keep "pushing" medical personnel to LISTEN to what you are telling them. Before I had my procedure, I slept in the bathtub. When the water got cold, I would drain the water and refill it with warm/hot so I could go back to sleep. I switched to a woman doctor who listened to me and she said, "When do you want to go?"

BTW - that looks like a Brown Recluse spider. It is VERY dangerous. Look it up.

GO STARS! said...

I wish you a speedy recovery. I had an ablation due to heavy bleeding. I'm so glad I did. I felt so much better afterwards. Doctors don't always take us seriously and often because we don't want to make too big a deal out of things. I have a high pain tolerance so when I say I hurt, i HURT bad! I've learned to be a lot more forceful with doctors.

diannamcheck said...

Hope you recovery quickly.

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you persisted! I hope this procedure does take care of the problems, and all is well. If not, keep persisting. Love the spider pic. I like spiders, too. I don't even mind them inside if they stay in their corners and eat bugs! =) One thing I really like is that almost all of them are totally harmless, and shy. We rarely cross paths, I just see the webs and sometimes those are such things of wonder and beauty.


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