Monday, April 08 2013
Today should be day 1 of post op but there was a change at the last minute as the hospital realised they weren't equipped for the adequate after surgical and ICU care I required. Was such an emotional time and it all became real as they were wheeling me off to theatre.
Lots of tears were cried by not only me but my family and my husband and it broke my heart. I was upset because I was so scared and relieved at the same time that finally things will be better. I was more scared about afterwards I didn't know what to expect.
So off to theatre I went and they were about to put me under when the aneathesist said she couldnt do it knowing the lack of appropriate ICU care.
So I am still having the surgery (wishing still that I weren't) but just on the waiting list for the public hospital now so should have a date in approx 4-6 weeks.
It will all be over soon!!
However I will be sharing some amazing items that I have purchased for my surgery and recovery period with you over the coming weeks. As a massive supporter of handmade I am so excited for the amazing items coming my way. Which can all be customised to suit you too!!
Until next time
Wednesday, April 03 2013
When you hear the word support, what instantly springs to mind? Most people will relate support to that of family or friends. But it doesn't just have to be your family and friends and I am not talking about telling the whole world about what is going on the feel supported. But it is important you understand and know what support is available to you.
For me personally, I am learning more and more about what support I have and realising I am in fact not alone. I am very stoic and was raised to never ask for help and to never rely on others. To me this how I always understood what support was and from an understanding that it mostly involved money.
In fact support is anything object or assistance that can help better your current situation. Could be through family and friends, online friendships, support from communities or networks you are involved in, access or help from counsellors or psycologists, support from different health professionals and so on.
For me I am quite blessed to have an amazing support network around me. I have my family who are coming to visit and support me and my husband the day of the surgery and visit during and after my hospital stay. I have some beautiful friends who are planning on visiting me at hospital to keep me company while Russ is busy working. Diferent health professionals are also very supportive to seek advice from this could be the stoma nurse, your GP, your surgeon, dieticians, counsellors and the list goes on.
Being apart of the Australian handmade community is amazing- most of my closest friendships have been formed from networking, collaborations and from supporting each other. I find handmaidens are truly lovely and the best friends to have. I am so greatful for their support and friendships. Where would I be without you guys?!!
It is normal to feel anxious or scared but it is important to know what support you have should you need to.
But remember, You will always have support here! x
Tuesday, April 02 2013
You might be wondering what an ostomy is, and I will try my best to describe from my knowledge and research. Often you will hear or read ostomy and stoma that are used but have very different meanings. Most commonly you would have heard before 'colostomy'. Until my surgery I assumed an ileostomy was a colestomy. So I found it great to know the difference.
I hope that this helps you to understand the difference between a ostomy and stoma and the different preceedures requiring the use of an ostomy and a stoma.
Monday, April 01 2013
I would like to get down and personal with you for this post as I want to share my journey so far and why it has led me to needing this proceedure.