Tuesday 30 December 2008


I thought it was time to drag my sorry arse off the couch and start doing "normal"things again.

I have been a little scared to talk about my ordeals over the past few weeks, it's been a bloody nightmare and I have had a few occasions where I have regretted starting this whole process (This is the first time I have publicly stated this).

Things now seem (I'm crossing everything as I'm typing this} to be settling down. My pain has almost gone,my stomach doesn't feel like it's gong to burst with the slightest bit of food in it. The only thing that is lingering is the fatigue and extreme lack of strength I have. My legs are so weak I struggle to get off the loo or out of a low chair and the slightest effort like having a shower makes me collapse on the lounge for a couple of hours.

At least the pain is much improved and I am not popping the Oxycontin's like before.

I was septicaemic (origin unknown) while having pancreatitis caused by the sludge(gravelly mud) in my gallbladder.It was one of those things I suppose, just darn unlucky. I also got a blood clot in my leg whilst in there which they treated with some injections and if all that was not enough to have to deal with, I had my purse and mobile phone stolen from my bed locker whilst I was having an Ultrasound.

I think that was my lowest, when I had my things stolen, such a low act at the best of times but Even worse when people are vulnerable, I hope the scum bags choked on whatever they bought with the money.

Weight wise, I have lost a few kilos, my Dr told me I wouldn't lose that much as the body shuts down it's metabolism in times of severe stress. To be honest I don't really give a flying fuck at the moment, I just want to feel well again.

Thanks for all your concern and I hope to start posting some positive things for a change.

Have a Happy New Year and I hope 2009 brings health and happiness for us all!

Monday 22 December 2008

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hey there,
this is Celtic_girl's correspondant blogging here in place of my mother, giving her readers a heads up on what's been happening with her health.

Mother Dearest still has been suffering from the pains in her abdominal area and she was admitted to hospital once again last Saturday to be put on an IV drip because her body wasn't responding to the other antibiotics that were being given to her. This stay was only destined for 5 days. Now over a week later, Mother Dearest has been through her ups and downs and is still in hospital. After dozens of tests and scans, it has now been discovered that she has gall stones, and tomorrow (Tuesday) she is going to have an operation to remove her gall bladder. She was also diagnosed with mild pancreatitis.
Hopefully, after this new operation, Mum will be healthy, wealthy and wise and ready to come back to lead a life with less complications in the future (fingers crossed everybody!)
She has told me to post these updates here and to tell all of you that she misses all of her blogging buddies as well :D

Until next time,
Celtic_Girl's Offspring.

Friday 12 December 2008


I made a mercy call to my surgeon on Tuesday and got an appointment the next day.

He booked me in for an urgent gastroscope that afternoon, as he expected (and so did I) it all came back normal. I again asked him could this all be part of my Auto-Immune Disease which he said was looking more like it could be as he "was stumped" as to why I was having so much pain. He contacted my Immunologist, gave me a wad of blood tests to have and a appointment the next day with my Immunologist.

To cut a long story short, it seems I have some damn infection somewhere, though they suspect it is in the kidneys and now I have another hospital admission for IV antibiotic therapy for about 5 days this time. To make matter worse there is a bed shortage and I have been on the short list for two days now, if I don't hear anything today it will be definitely Saturday. I was given some oral antibiotics which cost me $85.00 (expensive for here)and told if I developed the chills and severe headaches to get my self to the Emergency Dept pronto.

This whole experience has been a bloody nightmare I can tell you with events spiralling out of control. I was quite scared I would have to have the lapband removed at one stage. I asked my surgeon can the body reject the band, he said he never has heard of anyone having this but said there was always a first time for everything(heartening I can tell you)

I don't think though the infection has anything to do with the band it's just one of those things that happen. The question though I want answered the most is why wasn't infection considered when I was admitted two weeks ago with this problem,surely my blood tests were abnormal. The test I mentioned last time where I had a result of 80(normal is 7-11) is now 100, you would of thought that would have sparked some thought.

Anyway these are all things which will have to wait as all I'm concerned about right now is to start feeling better after a nightmare 3 weeks.

Monday 8 December 2008


Still not well. I planned to go back to work today for 4 hours but my stomach pains were just too bad this morning.

They haven't really let up from when I was discharged last week,so am a bit worried as to why they are not settling down. I don't have an appointment with the Dr again until next Monday, so don't know how long I will be able to hold out as when they are bad they are horrible.

Not really eating much as when I eat the pains return, my weight this morning was 119.6kg which is a loss of 2.4kg (5.28lbs), I think my body is starting to think it's in starvation mode so the metabolism has slowed down as I would have expected a greater loss considering I'm not eating much.

To be frank, at the moment I don't give a hoot about the weight at the moment, I just want to be pain free.

Thanks for all your king words of support and I hope next time I have better news!

Wednesday 3 December 2008


In my last post I mentioned I was having some bad days and not feeling very well.

Friday morning I woke to another crappy day, I had abdominal pain which progressed over the next 12 hours to being excruciating. Nothing seemed to help, I was popping Mersyndol Fortes AND Tramadol without any relief. My stomach was bloated and sore. I was scared it had something to do with the lapband.

I suffered all Friday night and finally rang up the Dr and he told me to come straight the the Emergency Dept. We got there at 9.00am, was seen by the Emergency Dr, bloods were taken and I was given some much needed Morhpine which took 3 shots until my pain was under control.

I had some X-Rays, then a CT Scan, by this time my Dr came and saw me and he told me everything was OK as far as the band was concerned (thank goodness for that) and the source of my pain was due to an acute attack of pancreatitis.

He said it was a mild attack (FARK! I'd hate to have a major attack) and I was admitted once again on drip, I came home late yesterday still on pain killers and a little worse for wear. It has nothing to do with my lapband, and probably more to do with my auto-immune problem.

One of my inflammatory markers was tested at 80!! Normal is 7-11 and when I was in hospital 3 months ago it was 45, so an all time high for me. Just my luck hey.

This has put me back quite a lot in my recovery, so probably wont be returning to work next week as planned, am not eating very much as when I eat I get the pains again and my stomach bloats and I feel really uncomfortable. Funny enough the scales have not moved much, and all I can put it down to is all the IV fluids they put into me, any way weight loss should be the farthest thing from my mind at the moment.

I hope you all are well, sorry I havn't visited your blogs, I find it uncomfortable sitting on the computer for to long.