Last week, I had an operation under general anaesthetic to drain and remove a perianal abscess.
At least, that’s what I think they did. To be honest, I wasn’t in much state to understand what they were telling me last week, and I have struggled to find out too much information about it since then.
I’m really trying not to Google! I understand that this is the route to paranoia and hypocondria, but I’m trying to find out why it happened, what I should do now to stop it reoccurring, and when I can begin to get back “to normal”. The thing is “normal” (until last week) was cycling everywhere, running (I was training for a marathon at the time) and swimming twice a week with a club.
I get that I won’t be able to swim until the wound has cleared up. It’s currently filled with “packing” and has a “dressing” over the top. I don’t really know what the packing is. I understand that it’s there to prevent my wound from healing over at the top. It needs to heal “from the bottom up” to reduce the chances of the abscess reoccuring. I know that the “re-packing” involves literally pushing something in to the top of my wound, because I can feel them doing it! At first, this was really painful, but the last few days, it’s been okay. I’m not sure whether this is something to do with the fact that it’s clearing up, or just because the nurses have been really skilled recently.
But what about running? When I can I cycle again. Actually… when I can I walk again? I mean when I can I “properly” walk? When I can I stride and march and think of a 20 minute walk to the doctors as a stroll around the corner?
At the moment, I’m just too tired to do anything, so I don’t have to worry about all this. But I’m guessing (hoping) that I’ll be able to start doing this stuff again eventually, and when I do, I want to know what I can do and what I can’t do. I want to know what I should be wary of and when I’ll know it’s okay to do a bit more.
I understand that no one can really tell me this! I realise that all wounds heal differently. Some heal more quickly, some take longer. Some heal well, some don’t. Apparently, mine looks good so far. But I’m a planner, and I like to know what’s happening and what will happen. I find it difficult to just sit back, accept things, and play things by ear. I know I have to, but I find this hard.
So this is my attempt to make sense of what is happening (and what has happened). This is my place to collect links, and to write about what happened. And, hopefully, it is a place where other people will be able to find information, if this happens to them. There’s not a lot out there right now, and people don’t really talk about this kind of thing!
So far, I’ve been pretty open about stuff, as far as appropriate. My kids know “mummy has a lump on her bottom and it was removed”. They know I had some “sleepy potion” so they could do this. My closer friends know it was a “perianal abscess”, others know it was an “abscess”.
This is my starting point….