As some of you will know, I went in for my fourth lap on Monday. Just got home (Weds) and still feeling pretty tired and sore. I'm usually pretty good over things like hospital, and stay calm (not bothered by blood, needles, surgery, things like that). I try to be pragmatic, and it was the same this time. However, things seem to have changed...
The whole experience this time has been pretty horrendous - not least because I had some sort of violent allergic reaction to the anaesthetic. I didn't half scare the poor Nurses and Doctors; they even had to get the Anaesthetist to come and visit me on the ward to check things out! The only feelings I can describe is like my body was still part paralysed, AND I also felt horrendously sick, shivery, cold, and "drunk"! I ended up on I.V. fluids, anti-emetics, and having my vital signs and blood sugar regularly monitored (hence the longer stay in Hospital). When I finally felt well enough to go home, I jokingly said that I must have looked like something from "Dawn of the Dead"... worryingly, the Nurses seemed to agree! THAT'S something I'll be having to mention at every Hospital appointment in future.
Anyway, whilst I was still on the ward (and pretty "out if it") I do remember somebody telling me what they had done/found during the lap. I know that I was told my Endo was back (just great!). I also recall being told that they had done a Peritoneal Biopsy, because of some unidentified cells, I think.
This is new to me, and I have to admit it's made me a little concerned. Does anyone know what this procedure is, and what it's for? I'm just scared as I have a family history of ovarian, uterine and breast cancer (cousin, and 3 aunts), and I'm DESPERATE to rule the dreaded C-word out of the equation.
I'm going to phone my Consultant on Monday to see if I can find out more (because I don't think I took everything on board whilst in hospital)... Still, I would appreciate anyone's advice if they have had similar experiences (also about the anaesthetic - not pleasant at all!). Reassurance would be greatly appreciated...
Thanks in advance,
A slightly scared Elaine. x