Thought for the Week

"A hug is a perfect gift - one size fits all and nobody minds if you give it back."

It's been a while ...

I know I have been away for ages, and this will probably be the only post for ages to come, but I thought I would just jot down a little of what life has thrown at me lately.

As regular readers know, I was diagnosed with ME at the beginning of September last year, and following meetings at work with every sick note I took in, things turned, shall we say, less than hospitable in December. Basically I was told if I didn't return in the New Year, or say when I would be returning I would be replaced.

As I couldn't say when I would be fit to return, I did return on 14th January. Big mistake. 2 hours a day first week, 3 hours a day second week... you get the picture. I'm still on 4 hours a day as it is the most I can cope with. Well, when I say cope, I mean it's the most I can do without keeling over completely. Continued meetings at work piled on the pressure to commit to more, or be paid sick pay for hours I had actually worked!!! I won't tell you what I said to my boss at that point, even in print it's not very pretty, but suffice to say, after 2 VERY strong letters from me, the pressure was removed by the owner of the business, and since then I have been in Coventry.

Going back to work has caused a lot of physical pain, which I suffer with every single day, but the tiredness I have come to terms with, and work around quite well. I have just learnt that I cannot make any plans, at all, cos I never know what I'm gonna be capable of from one day to the next. Shit, if I were a dog, I'd have been put down by now .... come to think of it ... lol

Seriously though, I don't want sympathy, I just wanted to let you all know that I haven't been put down yet!

On another note, I am worried about my eldest daughter. I know Laney knows about her past medical history, but I have never blogged it. At 14, following a visit to her GP, she was admitted to hospital as an emergency, with suspected gall stones/ovarian cyst with a request for a scan. The young, very young, houseman that dealt with her decided her description of the torturous pain she was in was related to her hip and ordered an x-ray of it. When that showed no abnormalities, and the IV painkillers had done their job, he sent her home.

One month later, she was rushed back in again, with the same symptoms. Reeling in pain and screaming at me to help her, she was given morphine and sent for a scan. Result - a large cyst the size of a small melon. It was so large that they couldn't tell if it was attached to her ovary or to some other structure, and so she was prepared for theatre with both the surgical and gynae teams scrubbed up. After opening her up, and finding it was ovarian, the gynae team took over and removed it. Unfortunately, it strangulated the ovary by this time and they had to remove that too.

6 years later, she had more similar symptoms. Visits to consultants, and more than one visit to A&E later, she underwent another operation. They tried keyhole, to drain the cyst, but there was too much scar tissue and so they opened her up again, and cut a hole in it to drain and deflate it. That was two years ago. At her follow up appointment she was told that the damage already done to the cyst, and the scarring, may mean she would find it difficult to fall pregnant by herself.

They continued to monitor her, with a scan every 4-6 months and followup appointments. The second scan she had showed yet another cyst developing. They watched it, hoping it would burst on its own. When it didn't, and was still growing, to protect what was left of her ovary, she was scheduled for a procedure to aspirate it. (Using a very long, fine needle, up the watsit, and drain the fluid off). After she had booked in, the top radiographer scanned her, and decided she thought it wasn't a simple cyst (liquid filled), but that at least part of it was dermoid (solid matter), and as such wouldn't be able to preceed. She sent her for an MRI scan, the results of which we received from the consultant a couple of weeks ago.

It is a dermoid, and she will have to have another full operation. He warned her that although they would leave as much ovary as possible, to avoid the menapause, there was a very high risk that it wouldn't be sufficient to get pregnant and that she would need donor eggs.

The bottom fell out of our world.

I explained to him that she was currently at college on an Access course, and in September would be starting University and asked if it were feasable to schedule the op so that the 6-8 weeks recovery time would be over the summer holidays. He said it was, which was a relief. Is bad enough she has to go through this, but to ruin her chances of getting her degree and following the path she has set herself too would be hard for her to cope with.

I also asked him if there were any chance they could harvest eggs from her before they do the operation. He is speaking to the fertility specialist about it and we have to wait to hear, although he did say that even if they agreed to treat her, the cyst and the scar tissue may make it impossible to carry out the necessary procedure. A double edged sword. If they can't harvest eggs, she carries little chance of conception, if they can, I guess the time schedule goes out of the window and she won't be able to go to Uni.

Life's a bitch.

The Rules

We've all heard 'The Rules', as seen from the woman's point of view, you know, Women are always right, Women can change the rules when the please, PMT makes all the rules nul and void...etc.

Well, my cousin gave me this list of 'The Rules' from the man's point of view. I hate to admit it, but they may have a point!!! (shhh, don't tell 'em)

The Man Rules

These are our rules! Please note.. these are all numbered '1 ' ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat. You're a big girl. If it's up, put it down. We need it up, you need it down. You don't hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports; it's like the full moon or the changing of the tides. Let it be.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want. Let us be clear on this one: Subtle hints do not work! Strong hints do not work! Obvious hints do not work! Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That's what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you think you're fat, you probably are. Don't ask us.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of the ways makes you sad or angry, we meant the other one

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials..

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say 'nothing,' We will act like nothing's wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle.

1. If you ask a question you don't want an answer to, EEpect an answer you don't want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine... Really

1. Don't ask us what we're thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as footballor golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; But did you know men really don't mind that? It's like camping.