On November 14, I went to urgent care because some mild chronic pelvic pain had become worse and I began having symptoms that were unpleasant.
For the next three weeks, I went through different stages of feeling like crap, a couple days with fevers, and not being able to exercise because of the pain that was increasing.
Friday night, I spiked a high-ish fever and my pain had increased signficantly. Instead of another inconclusive ultrasound like the day before, a CT scan was necessary and revealed a 10-cm abscess where my right ovary should be and a dermoid cyst covering the left ovary. I joked on Facebook that both of my ovaries must hate me, though deep down, I knew what questions had just been discussed with the GYN on call. Possible removal of the uterus and both ovaries. I’d be going through menopause at 33, not good for someone with family history of early heart disease.
Thankfully, they have been able to save both ovaries, though the dermoid cyst is still in there. There is a chance that my appendix burst and that is what the abscess on surrounding my right ovary was. I will have follow-up CT scan in a few weeks to make sure appendix tissue is gone and to check up on the right ovary.
The surgery was not able to be done laparascopically, so I have an incision from just above my pubic bone to just under my belly button. This recovery will take awhile – it’s been humbling to rely on other people to wash me and help me to the bathroom.
No diabetes issues, mainly because I’m not eating much. All readings have been 120 mg/dl or lower. (I was actually 60 mg/dl at the time surgery began on Saturday – I think they used a little dextrose to bring that up.) Once I do eat, it might change and I may need a temporary dosage of insulin. I don’t know when I’ll go home. Originally, that would be tomorrow, but since I’m not keeping food down and not too mobile, I think that may be delayed a day or two.
Blog entries may be few and far between for the next few days. To all who have already brought me well wishes – thank you so much.
(Edited 12/11/09: it turns out that perhaps the right ovary was part of the abscess after all, according to my operative report. We won’t know until the follow-up CT scan what has become of the appendix or the right ovary, if I even choose to do the scan.)