I'm a Surgery Mom

Mallory - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Every woman experiences pregnancy differently… boy was mine different! At five months pregnant I began experiencing pain like I’ve never had, searing through my right side. It was what both the emergency room doctors and myself thought to be a round ligament, but after several visits to the ER and no change, we began to think otherwise.

Once again I was hit with the same pain, this time causing me to almost double over. My mother rushed me to the OBGYN and he told us flat out what he thought was wrong. “If you were my daughter,” he began “I would have you in surgery immediately, my guess is you have appendicitis!” My mother and I looked at one another is shock, because I wasn’t exhibiting any of the symptoms. However, we put our full trust in my doctor and drove right back to the hospital.

I called my husband and told him the news; he agreed we needed to do whatever was necessary, especially if it could save both my son and my life.

Late that night I went in to have an appendectomy, to say I wasn’t afraid would have been a lie; I was terrified. Here I was five months pregnant and scared to death that I might loose my unborn son. BUT thank God the surgeon removed my appendix just in time, before it could rupture and hurt either of us. The surgery was a success and I recovered quicker than both my doctors or myself thought I would!

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Mandy - posted on 07/07/2010

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I can't say that I have had a surgery while pregnant but there were talks if it. Since '08 I was dealing with these very painful cysts that was located on my lower back. I had one that had to be drained in October of '08. I had to take 2 months to heal from that. I didn't have anymore problems with that, thinking it was a one time things, up until i was 3 months pregnant. Between June 2009 and August 2009 I had 3 more of these outbursts. Each of them involving giving my painkillers, freezing and draining the cysts. I was so scared I was going to lose my baby,as I do have a history of having miscarriages. I was determines through careful testing that there was an infection that was around my spine and the tissue around my spine needed to be removed. But what was I to do? I was 5 months pregnant when the talk of surgery came about. I went to see a surgeon but she did not feel comfortable doing the surgery til after the baby was born. Then January 24th came, and I gave birth, via c-section to my beautiful, healthy Acelyn Elizabeth. So it took me a few weeks to recover from my c-section and I was in the works on getting my spine surgery going. When out of the blue I was getting extreme pain in my mid upper abdomen. I have a high pain tolerance but I was on the floor and couldnt move. I had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. It was determined that my gallbladder was inflamed and it needed to be removed. So yet another recovery had to be done. Finally on June 3rd I was able to get my spine surgery. Only about a week ago I was able to finally hold my daughter. I still have to be careful of what I do as the internal stitches could give way.

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