Don't you love CRC, the gift that keeps on giving.
After 4 years, 11 months and 1 day from diagnosis, and after having blockages about every 6 months, causing many more CT scans that I needed, I had the worst blockage I have had yet.
I have always been fortunate, if that is the correct word, to have the blockages out of business hours, but I had my first during working hours on Tuesday 07 Nov.
It was not a good day as it was the "Melbourne Cup Day", which is a horse race that most Australian's watch, and we always have a lunch that we put on at work. I disappeared at 11:00AM off to to the local hospital.
After 3 injections of morphine I was able to get the pain to a level where I was no longer hyperventilating.
Suffice it to say that it was a tad painful this time, much more than in the past.
After exploratory surgery I had a 2 hours operation to remove my appendix, and get rid of the adhesions.
On every scan I have ever had I have always had a comment about fecal impact and excessive fecal matter, which, to put it bluntly, is finally starting to come out.
In Australia we have both free public and paid private health insurance. They are both done by the same doctors and it is just which operating theatre in the hospital that you get put into, and which ward you recover from, that is the difference. I had no time or choice so was put into the public system. Nothing but praise for all the nursing staff, but I was in ward in a room with 4 beds. I am a 44 year old male and was in with ladies in their 70's all with different GI issues and they all snored massively!! I slept great the first night when I had the PCA. I was fine the 2nd night as whenever I got woken up by noise I took some more pain killer and went back to sleep but the last 3 nights waiting for my bowels to start again meant I was only getting 2 hours of solid sleep a night!
My only complaint was that I pay for private health insurance and couldn't use it.
I am off running
for 6 weeks and no exercise for 6 weeks.
However I am looking forward to being able to not run without stomach cramps from compacted fecal matter and it should make me lighter an faster!