I thought everything had gone really well with my recent hysterectomy. I left the hospital and took it easy for three days. I used ibuprofen for controlling the pain because I don’t like the side effects of narcotics. What I noticed when I eased off the Advil was this funny feeling every time I emptied my bladder (how’s that for a PC euphemism for peeing?). Anyway, I thought it was probably a simple urinary tract infection since I had a catheter during surgery. At my two-week appointment, I mentioned this discomfort to my doctor who recommended collecting a urine sample. I had to wait over the holiday weekend for the results. On Tuesday, when I spoke with the nurse, I was taken by surprise that there was no bacteria and the culture came back negative but she said there was some blood in my urine. Really weird. And I needed to have an IVP test to look at my kidneys and bladder. I couldn’t get the test done immediately due to work-related two-day face-to-face meetings and a fun social activity Wednesday evening at Ponzi Vineyards (cool place, by the way). So this morning I went over to outpatient imaging for the test. It took about an hour and although I had an IV and some weird dye shot into my vein, it wasn’t bad. I came home and tried to work but after so much activity this week, I was exhausted and I had this dull aching pain so I turned off my work laptop and took some time for myself. When I called the doctor’s office this afternoon, they said they had no answer but ordered another test; Monday, I have an appointment for a CT scan.
Really weird. It’s not unbearable pain but isn’t pain a sign there’s something not right going on? My doctor thought maybe it was a kidney stone but seems too coincidental that it would have appeared immediately after the surgery. Besides, the pain I feel isn’t on that level. I know that there is risk for injuring the bladder during surgery but my doctor said he didn’t have to get near it. I thought maybe it’s just bruised or something but it’s not getting any better so I don’t know.
Needless to say, I haven’t been feeling very creative lately… I think I’ll live but it’s annoying.