Posts Tagged ‘pain’

Post-op

February 11, 2014

I wrote about two months ago about Baby’s impending operation. He has an undescended testicle and needed it investigating. This involved keyhole surgery under general anaesthetic. You might have wondered what happened. The original operation date was postponed, a day before it was due, because of ‘winter pressures’. But fortunately he wasn’t left waiting too long and had the operation about a fortnight ago.

I had been dreading it. But it actually went remarkably smoothly. Baby couldn’t eat or drink for six hours before the op. But he napped through a fair bit of that time and the rest was spent with him being easily distracted by the excitement of being in a new place. Baby’s daddy took him to theatre and held him whilst they put him under. I think this shook him up but Baby took it all in his stride. An hour or so later and Baby was awake. At first he was rather unhappy and couldn’t hold down any milk. He projectile vomited all over himself and me which wasn’t great given I’d brought tons of clothes for him and none for me. But after a few cuddles, a bit more milk and some pain relief he got much better. I had thought pain relief would be a big issue but actually he was fine after that. I had Calpol and ibuprofen ready but we barely needed it. He slept a bit more than usual the next few days but otherwise has been grand. We came home that same afternoon.

I have to say I was mightily relieved. Everything went so well and it was in large part due to the amazing nursing care we had – they and all the staff were so lovely.

The Doctors say that we need to do this in two stages so we’ll be back at the hospital for a repeat procedure in about five months time. I can only hope it goes so well.

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Anticipating pain

December 1, 2013

Poor Baby has four teeth coming through. Four! This really isn’t much fun for anyone. I can see teeny tiny white bits though in his top gums where they are just about to break through. So hopefully it’s not too long to go now.

Helping him deal with the pain and discomfort is probably quite good practice though. In a few days Baby is due to have an operation. I’ve not mentioned it before but he has an undescended testicle. So later this week we’re off to the hospital for his surgery. It’s routine, from the perspective of the hospital, and he’ll probably be out that day. But from our position it’s anything but routine. He’ll be under general anaesthetic so can’t eat or drink for six hours before hand. Try explaining that to a nine month old! It’s keyhole surgery but it’s still likely he’ll be in a fair bit of pain afterwards. Poor little mite!

Ouch!

December 1, 2012

Worst evening yet for SPD this pregnancy. Definitely moving from ‘aching but ok’ territory into ‘painful and uncomfortable’.

All this caused by taking Bub out a couple of times today. Both times I went to put him in the car he ran away and I had to catch and carry him. And foolishly I didn’t take reins when I took him shopping and he ran away several times. Once running the whole length of Tesco. He just ignores my shouting and whilst I can just about keep pace with him I struggle to catch him. I won’t make that mistake again!

Still got 12 weeks of pregnancy to go so got to be careful if it’s this bad already. I’m limiting my walking when I can and it’s mostly ok. Seeing a chiropractor seems to be helping and I’m sure the fact my weight hasn’t gone up too much is helping too. But it’s the toddler chasing and carrying that is really getting me into difficulties.

In case you are reading this because you have similar symptoms I recommend the Pelvic Partnership website. I also recently found the Pelvic Instability Network site.

Pelvic girdle pain

October 19, 2012

Over twenty three weeks into the pregnancy and definitely showing a bump now. Unfortunately I’m also sporting the ‘pregnancy waddle’ which is more often associated with women much nearer their impending birth.

I’m experiencing pelvic girdle pain (PGP), also known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD). I had my first twinges at around sixteen weeks and have had aches in and around my pelvis and hips on and off since then.

I had PGP in my first pregnancy too. Fortunately I sought chiropractic treatment from the early symptoms so it never got too bad. As I’m aware that I’m susceptible this time around I’ve been taking precautions. No running, little walking, supportive shoes etc. It’s frustrating not to be able to walk much. I know it’d be good for be to get more exercise. But even walking for fifteen minutes leaves me feeling it.

At the moment it’s not too bad. More an ache than a pain. But it does worry me to have this so early and doesn’t bode well for later in the pregnancy. I’ve made an appointment with a wonderful midwife turned chiropractor who helped me out last pregnancy so hopefully she can work her magic again.

I have also been revisiting some websites I found incredibly helpful first time around. Really recommend the Pelvic Partnership website.

It says that whilst pelvic pain in pregnancy is common it is not normal and treatment should be sought. Often the roots are linked to your joints not your hormones, hence why chiropractic treatment can be so helpful.

Unfortunately my iPhone pregnancy calendar app is not quite so clued up on PGP. You can in theory list all your pregnancy symptoms on the app. Acne, dizziness and nosebleeds all feature. But pelvic pain is not an option you can choose. Not great for something up to one in four pregnant women are likely to experience at some point during their pregnancy.


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