I thought I would share my positive story on my laparoscopy.
I suffered with many exhausting and unusual symptoms relating to my endo and also the usual symptoms that comes with menstruation. I’ve always put up with the symptoms as I was always told I was normal, nothing looks wrong, however things took a turn for the worst last year and this year I have been off for months. My body was giving up inside but because I looked well and they couldn’t find anything I was basically told I probably have a bug. Which again, I understand, they were as confused as I was and then I went and saw a specialist and was diagnosed via lap with endometriosis.
I felt free, I was elated, as much as I’d love not to have it, the feeling of freedom of not feeling crazy, as if I was some anxious young lady who gets stressed etc, I was actually given a new lease of life, hope.
I was petrified of the laparoscopy, i knew I would be out of control and I didn’t like it but please ladies, there’s nothing to be scared about. The process and procedure was excellent.
Everyone was very caring, I had my pre-op so I knew what was going wrong and all other checks for health were completed. I went in at 7, and sent to theatre at 10, and had a number of happy, helpful nurses to look after me and have a joke with and also to put me at ease.
I had some sexy socks to put on which I’m still wearing now, and the pants are amazing, very big and comfy. You need comfy panties. I mooned the boyfriend to show him the pants he had to look forward to😂😊. I did take my own in too which were seamless and lace, very light on the abdomen and pelvis and did wear them after.
You have a gown also to put on. The anaesthetist will talk to you about how this part works and this was the best part because this was my nervous section. Again he talked me through the process and asked me about any worries. They will monitor you through the laparoscopy.
They wheeled me down and chatted to me like a human, started the anaesthetic and I don’t even remember going to sleep it was that chilled.
Your nerves won’t go but you can work with them and the nurses should too.
Afterwards I woke up, which felt like seconds and I was done. The surgeon and nurses come to see me and told me I had endo but it has been removed, what they could see anyway.
Strangely I was elated, still high on general but I was free from being trapped in an illness that seemed fake to the outside world.
They made sure I was ok, fed me and made sure I could wee. I think everyone has to do this. Gave me some notes and I was on my way. Walking slightly funny but it’s expected, put a positive on it and try and giggle. A smile a day no matter how hard your day is goes a long way.
The next couple of days I felt like a new person, they had removed all the endo they could see and put the coil in. It sounded to be a lot of endo and that’s why I felt so different, so well and healthy, I only ever functioned daily maximum 50%, then menstruation probably 20/30%.
I’m on day 4 now after my lap and one bit of advice I really would say is talk to the doctors about constipation and laxatives. I was elated but this bought me down. However as soon as I passed bowel movement I was back to just discomfort and little pain again.
The anaesthetic and so forth makes you constipated and the work done can make it uncomfortable to pass stools.
You will need some painkillers, it’s expected but I’ve only used the strong ones once😊. The doctors Will advice on this too.
This message is just to reassure you all that you will be ok and lap isn’t as scary as you may think.
I wasn’t stable beforehand but stay positive, you are in safe hands. Message me if you need anymore advice.
My emotions about my relationships around me are affecting me more than the actual op and this is slightly hard but if you have many people who want to support your also.
Good luck to anyone going in for their lap, you’ll be fine.
Sending hugs to everyone who has been through the lap and who have had to go through this. It’s hard but you’re all amazing and you make me see there is a light at the end of the tunnel 😊.