Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Maybe Nothing

I'm not sure why I am even blogging about this because it is probably nothing. I guess I'm just putting it out there because I'm not sleepy yet, even though it is 12:30 a.m. again, and because it is on my mind.

I think something isn't right. It could be nothing, but I am still concerned. I had bright red blood today, and I can tell you, it isn't due to AF. No friends, she came and went last week. I am on about CD12, and am not due to ovulate for another week. On top of that, I feel pain at the top of my uterus, which is exactly where the surgery was performed. I also have cramping, but that could be caused by the blood irritating my uterus.

I called my doctor yesterday to give him a rundown of how I was feeling and asked if he thought I was ready to go back to work this Friday, which was before all of this bleeding and cramping started. It turns out he is in Orlando on vacation with his family, but this man is so devoted to his job he called me back. He was not put out at all. He's seriously a great doctor. He told me he thought I would be fine to go back to work and walked through my symptoms with me, helping me understand each one. He then told me that if anything came up, I was to call him straight away. He had already called my OB (the one who referred me to him) and told her that I am to call him first and then get into see her if anything comes up. I didn't think that would be necessary until tonight.

~~TMI Alert!~~

Before we hung up, he asked if I had been constipated (I know, chuckle away; I am). I told him not until the last day or so. He told me that is common with the type of surgery I had, and to be sure I was taking medication to help with that, so last night I took my "helper" pills. This morning it took a little effort on my part, but I finally dislodged the enemy. That is when the red bleeding began.

I have had slight spotting the last few days even without the constipation, and I will be honest, I've been concerned about it, but didn't think it was enough to call the doctor over. Then last night when I was trying to sleep, I had menstrual-like cramps, which concerned me. Then today I got the bright red blood. My first thought was to wait it out and see if it had to do with my, er, "episode", but by the time evening rolled around, there was still enough spotting to concern me. Add that to the fact that all day I have had the constant pain at the top of my uterus.

Here's the thing, my doctor is on vacation. I know he doesn't mind me calling him, but I hate to be that person, you know? I don't want to be the Nervous Nelly who calls every other day for nothing. It COULD just be from my pushing too hard, but even then, is that normal? Should that cause me to bleed 3.5 weeks post-surgery still? Maybe. But do I call my doctor again to ask him? I want to just go to my OB, but he already called her and told her I was to talk to him first before going to see her if anything came up, but I don't want to disturb him. What would you do? Would you call him, then the OB? Would you just call the OB first? Would you wait it out another day? I just don't know what to do.

I told DH about what was going on, and he thinks I should call the doctor. I probably will, but right out of the gate I feel like an idiot because I know it is probably nothing. I guess my doc needs to know though, right? I mean, what if it IS something, and what if he wants me to get in to see my OB just in case?

Fine. I'll call him in the morning. Thanks for listening and walking me through this. You gals are the best!


Noelle said...

Call him. I pray everything is okay!

Mrs Bee said...


If anything, you could leave a message and when he's available he can call you back.

It's probably normal, especially if you've been...ahh...pushing...so soon after a big surgery.

Please let us know how you go!


S.I.F. said...

Call him. Please... Just to be safe. You've already been through so much, and I would rather see you be overly cautious than ignore your gut and something be wrong.

AnxiousMummyto3 said...

Definitely call the OB. If you don't want to disturb your lovely doc, please at least get someone to check you. In this case you had pretty extensive surgery so definitely better to be safe than sorry.
Hoping you are OK!!

Fran said...

I definitely think you should call the doctor. It may just be a small blood vessel, a stitch or a minor tear due to the constipation. But why keep worrying? I think I woudl call the OB and she if she thinks it's worth calling the doctor over it given that he's on vacation. Keep me posted, I'm sure it's nothing but better get it checked. Love, Fran

Heather said...

OK...well, as a nurse, I tell you this:

He's a doctor, because he wants to be. He gets bazillions of dollars to answer his phone on vacation.

Call him. Then please let me know you're OK. Please?

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Jennifer said...

I hope you called him!! I definitely agree that you should. Let me know what he said.

Suzanne said...

Please, please call the doctor. Better safe than sorry. I'm praying that everything is fine.

Heather said...


I have a new theme song for you. I'm not sure if you guys have heard of Australian singer Gabriella Cilmi? Anyway...this is one of her songs and everytime I hear it I think of you!


Life Happens said...

I hope you have called the dr. by now. If he didn't want you to call him, he would have just told you to call the OB first.

I'm praying that everything is okay!!