Last Sunday to Monday was a very trying 24 hours for me and my family. After 12 hours of trying to resolve things at home I had an ambulance ride to the ER to have compacted stool removed from my system. It was a result from the amount of pain killers I was on. I knew constipation was a side effect and was taking the prescribed fiber and stool softeners but I was in a completely wrong situation. The ER doctor was shocked when I told him the amount of medicine I was on. For that dose I should have been taking something else; that the compaction was inevitable.
It was the most horrendous, difficult, painful, emotional and frustrating experience of my life. I always consider myself an open book online and in person. I think talking is therapeutic which is why I’m sharing my story here among all the happy baby pictures.
This is definitely something I want my close friends and family to know about but not necessarily something I want to speak out loud about over and over. And so for this moment it feels like the best way for me to process what happened.
It’s amazing how much better I feel a short 24 hours later. Which is probably why you don’t hear of these stories often. I just had no idea how quickly things could go so wrong with my body. Which is also another reason I want to share.
If you are pregnant please know that the birth of your child is often the beginning of taking care of yourself. Ask all the questions you can think of. Have a health advocate; someone who can be present when you are given directions on what to do at home and help you recount a timeline when talking to doctors. Please trust your instincts, if something doesn’t feel right get checked out or get a second opinion.
If something similar has happened to you, please know you are not alone.
Today I feel like I’m back on the path of healing from the birth instead of trying to get through the painful complications afterwards. It will take me a long time to process what I went through and I don’t know how that journey will go. Time will tell and heal.
For now; thank you for continuing to listen by reading my posts. For those who have prayed for me; thank you. For those friends and family who have been there for me emotionally and physically; thank you. You help me realize I am a strong woman, I will get through this and I have all the support I need.