A Year Ago Today…

Exactly one year ago today was the scariest day of my entire life. On this day last year, I almost lost my life. My bowel had perforated and was leaking stool and air into my abdominal cavity. It was seriously the most pain I have ever been in in my entire life!! After finding out that it was a bowel perf. and that I was going to need emergency surgery, I had never been more scared. Being a medical professional myself, I knew just how dangerous my situation was and the only logical way to describe how I felt at that time was “impending doom”. It may seem dramatic but I actually thought that I might die that night.

I was sent via code 3 (lights and sirens) ambulance from Sebastopol to UCSF. I was taken to the ICU where I spent about 10 minutes (puking my brains out) before I was wheeled into the operating room. Lucky for me, I did not die!! UCSF saved my life, for the second time. It was the hardest recovery I have ever had, but I made it! I can’t even express how grateful I am to be alive and HEALTHY!

Now, ironically, I spent this one year anniversary in the emergency room. I guess my body thought it would be appropriate to spend the day in the hospital. (hard eye roll) I’m having flank pain pretty bad today and broke down and decided to go get checked out. All of my blood work came back normal, as did the CT scan and the ultrasound. So basically they have no idea why I’m in pain. Once again, for the umpteenth time, I am a mystery. Fortunately I did receive a few doses of pain medicine that seemed to calm things down enough for me to go home. The doc said it could just be musculo-skeletal (strained muscle), OR something is happening in my body, but it’s too early to detect anything. So I was discharged with some pain medicine and instructions to come right back if anything gets worse or I get a fever. I am now resting relatively comfortably at home.

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After 5 pokes, they finally got an IV in my bicep!

All in all, I want to thank everyone (yes, again) for all your love and support. And to the special few that have stuck by me from the very beginning. You never know if you will get a tomorrow, or a next week. Tell your friends and family how much you love and appreciate them, and be thankful for your health, every bit that you have.

And even though my day sucked, I was able to get home in time to see this beautiful sunset!

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