Lately, life has been a little bit up and down which is why I haven’t written a blog post for almost two weeks. One reason is because my camera has been away for repair. While my iphone is perfectly adequate for taking a photograph or two for Instagram, it really doesn’t cut the mustard when it comes to photographing outfits for my blog. The main reason though is that I had a minor op last Friday, (9th February) and it left me feeling (unexpectedly) very tired and really quite weak. More of this in a moment.
Two Minor Health Issues
I mentioned in the post about my year 2017, that I was having a few health issues investigated. I thought there were two, but there are now three. Two are very minor indeed- a skin lesion on my nose and some cysts in my eyelid. Recently, my GP referred me for a small flesh-coloured lesion on my nose to rule out basal cell carcinoma, (BCC), a non-invasive skin cancer. I saw a plastic surgeon a few weeks ago and he is almost certain that it isn’t BCC. However, rather than just take a biopsy, he is going to remove it completely on 9th March. It’ll be done under local anaesthetic and I’ll be left with a few stitches and a black eye! I’ll write an update on this after the op.
The other minor issue, the cysts in my eyelid, are a consequence of an internal hordeolum, (stye), I had last summer. This is an acute infection of the meibomium glands, (the glands which produce the oily component of the tears). At the time, I had a painful, swollen, upper eyelid which seemed to resolve without treatment. However, the glands must have become blocked because I am left with two meibomium cysts, (or chalazia). These are within the upper eyelid and are palpable and really quite unsightly, although I can conceal them with eyeshadow. The main thing is though, is that they are affecting the vision slightly. I’m have an appointment with an ophthalmologist on Wednesday of this week. I’m hoping he’ll agree to remove them, but it might be classed as a cosmetic procedure, so again, I’ll update when I know more.
And One A Little More Serious
This next health issue is more serious because it has affected my life for quite some time. For years now, I have had heavy, painful menstrual bleeding. This lasts for 10 days out of every 24 and I know that a lot of women will identify with the physical, social and emotional impact this has. To cut a long story short, I have tried all of the usual treatments for heavy bleeding including the progesterone-only pill, the Mirena coil and transexamic acid. All to no avail. The next stage is further investigation, so I went for a hysteroscopy 11 days ago. This is a camera investigation of the uterus, plus biopsies, undertaken without anaesthesia. It was a quick procedure, only about twenty minutes and I was home an hour or so later.
I will get the results at a follow-up appointment in a few weeks time, when the gynaecologist and I will discuss the next steps. I’m not expecting anything sinister because I had an internal ultrasound scan last summer. As well as that, it has been going on for so long that there would have been other manifestations of anything truly serious by now. I am hoping though that the results will indicate an intervention which will solve or at least reduce the severity of this ongoing problem. I will write in greater detail about the bleeding, the hysteroscopy and any subesquent treatment, once I know what’s what. The more women I tell, the more women I hear about that have had similar health issues. It might help to reassure.
A Week Of Post-Op Blues
Although the procedure was quick, it was uncomfortable and I felt quite tearful afterwards. I was light-headed and my blood pressure was very low post-op. My lovely friend Sue took me and brought me home and left me with a much-needed hot water bottle, painkillers and a cup of tea. For the rest of the day, I was weepy and had a lot of lower back pain and stomach cramps as well as heavy bleeding. In short, this lasted for a week; much longer than the day or two I had anticipated.
It was half-term so my parents took Poppy and Harry away for a few days so that I could rest. Ian was here from Tuesday evening because he works remotely for part of the week. It was wonderful because it meant that after work, he cooked and helped with the household chores. Perhaps most importantly, he gave me permission to stop, to rest and to snooze. Those that know me know that resting and switching off don’t come easily to me. As a lone parent who is self-employed, I hardly take any time off and rarely stop and rest. It came as a shock to me to find that my body didn’t recover as quickly as I expected.
There was so much to enjoy though during the last week or so. No matter how much it rains, I always look for rainbows and this one in Skipton town centre on Saturday afternoon made a very timely appearance.
I had a lot of visits (and flowers), from family and friends. That in itself was simply lovely. And before she went away, Poppy gave me some lovely gifts including my favourite chocolate, almonds and a face mask. She also bought some adhesive heat pads for the cramps. I used them on my back and tummy and they worked wonders. I was very very touched by the thought she put in and felt very loved.
Ian cooked an extra special Valentine’s meal and spoiled me with red roses and chocolates. What more could I ask for?
By the Friday evening, a week after my op, I was well enough to go out, so we went for dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants. I wore a new dress, so I’ll recreate that outfit once my camera is back. I like this photo but I think I look very tired!
Over the weekend, Ian and I booked a holiday for the two of us plus the children so we have a week in the sun to look forward to in August. And right now, we are in the process of converting part of my garage into a better office space. I absolutely cannot wait. Once these health issues are resolved, I think we are in for a very happy and exciting year.