If you haven’t seen Fibroids Surgery (Part 1), I suggest you click here before continuing this story.
The first 3 months on Fibristal went well, I was able to do my morning light exercices and go about my day. I went to see my doctor and he didn’t notice any difference of the size of the fibroids. He told me Fibristal have been in the country for about 4 years only and still being tested, it first came out in Europe under the name of Esmya, the dosage from what I read is different, Esmya did gave some Liver issues to certain patients. I did voice my worry to my OBGYN, he had my liver tested and everything was fine. He told me to wait a month before starting the new pills segment of 3 months, let me explain: when you are on Fibristal, you have to be on it for 3 months, then take a month break before going back on it. during my break from Fibristal, my period was worse, 10 days of very heavy flow. The month after I was back on Fibristal. That time, I became worse: I was crying all the time, I had NO energy, it had seemed that whatever symptoms I was having , it was making it worse. I told my doctor I will opt to do the surgery.
October 30th 2018, was when I had my 2nd surgery. Compared to the first surgery (See : Myomectomy Surgery Journal: Post-Surgery), this one was very delicate; it was located at the same area as the first. Even if my first surgery was in 2009, this time it took me days before I started walking and almost a full week before I was able to leave the hospital. The recovery period was much longer this time. As my doctor told me, I had this time 5 fibroids to remove but in locations that were making me ill all the time (like the one that was in between my intestines, the surgery was very though, I was on intensive care for 24 hours past surgery before I could even get into my room. This time, I had a Laparatomy Myomectomy surgery (I have a vertical scar), I was told it is best for me so that I can have a normal C-Section when it will be time for me to have a baby and they didn’t want to keep re-opening the same place.
They were able to remove 3 of my fibroids that some were intertwine with my organs. The team of surgeons & residents came to see me every day during my stay at the hospital to make sure I was okay. At the time, I didn’t understand, I just felt in a bad mood. I didn’t eat for 3 days; I even told myself that maybe I don’t want to have any kids. I have a friend who is a nurse who told me that if the team comes to see you every day it is because it was a hard surgery. Also what I found out through the team is that I had in total 5 blood transfusions: 3 while I had surgery and 2 while in intensive care, plus I had an epidural during surgery but it didn’t work too well as I could not feel my legs so they gave me morphine shots; I also had other types of fluids and around my nose I needed oxygen. I honestly didn’t expect that and that is the reason why I kept asking God why? also why was it so bad this time, etc… mentally I had to give myself some positives vibes. What helped was the family and friends who came to see me but first, my faith in God really helped me. I told myself I survived 2 surgeries and my uterus hasn’t even been touched or affected so far and that God never let me down before, he won’t leave me now.
I was able to rest the first month at home. Then started walking arond the house and sometimes outside (it was a rough winter in Canada so very little walk). And then I started exercising again. I tried the free 1 week trial at a local gym to see if I would be okay. Then I am taking dance classes once a week, and 2 months later, I started socialising again by going to an Female Entrepreneure event. 3 months after my surgery, I was officially off of medical leave. I felt so much better and I am in a good spirit. Next stop, God willing will be a baby. We’ll see what happen. But I am very thankful that everything at the end, I am alive and well…. even if months later my health would take a weird turn temporarily….
To be continued
2 replies on “2nd Fibroids Surgery (Part 2)”
Your blog is an absolute inspiration! I have so many feelings about it. Thrilled someone is telling such an honest, upbeat story that 25-80% of women will most likely have happen to them. Sad your journey has been so long and painful. Brave because you tell it like it is, explain things so well, and give timelines and realistic expectations on exercise and food. And lastly, curious! I want more fibroid blogs! You should work in the healthcare field! Or do you?! Either way, thank you for your explanations and help.
Thank you. I am not in the healthcare field, but I think I should sometimes, I just research a lot especially knowing doctors are still not even sure where they come from and how to get rid of them without surgery. I will write more my journey as it is still not over. I have met younger women nowadays as young as 22 with fibroids. This is alarming to know. Thank you for reading! To be continued