I haven’t updated this blog for some time now. In the meantime, I had surgery, removing a benign tumor. That type of tumor (fibroid) is supposed to be found only in the uterus, but in my case it was glued on the cervix and bladder. Four surgeons refused to operate on me because of the bladder proximity. I was lucky to be sent to a Stanford professor, who happens to be an uro-gynecologist and who graciously accepted me as a patient. The doc said that he was thinking about my case for weeks, because there’s no bibliography or other documented cases like mine, so he had to improvise. My guess is that 10 years of IBS had fucked me up so much on the inside, that my body couldn’t even get… a tumor right.

The surgery went well, and I’m currently in bed, recuperating. Docs said that I can still have children. I have four incisions, two of them large. The biggest pain is the catheter that I have to live with until the end of the month. I had my ups and downs in the last 5 days since the surgery: low blood pressure, high pulse, headache, pain in my kidney (because of a ureteral stent used during the operation), high and low temperatures. I’m currently feeling better, but I still can’t get up for long time from the bed, and I feel nausea when I eat. On top of all that, I’m suspecting a C-Diff infection, since I was given antibiotics, and my gut flora is a very sensitive place because of previous C-Diff infections and IBS for 10 years.

My husband, JBQ, was a champion throughout this whole ordeal, and he has been taking care of me so much. He really is an amazing human being. I made this for him:


Ivan wrote on October 23rd, 2012 at 10:03 AM PST:

E!, I wish you all the best. Hope to see you in better shape in a few days time! Greets!

Phil wrote on October 23rd, 2012 at 12:47 PM PST:

I’m dealing with ulcerative colitis now, you hang in there and get better!

christos wrote on October 24th, 2012 at 2:41 AM PST:

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

LuisHP wrote on October 26th, 2012 at 1:22 PM PST:

I wish you all the best. Keep going as healthy as possible and never give up.

John S wrote on October 28th, 2012 at 4:02 AM PST:

Ouch Eugenia! These body shocks are what none of us wish for. I’m glad you found a skilled and empathic surgeon. Oh boy, those catheters ain’t so good (on the way in when you have a nervous nurse). All feelings of modesty crumble in an instant!

Maybe by this time you’re over the hill. Get well soon.


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Eugenia wrote on October 28th, 2012 at 7:56 AM PST:

Thanks guys! I’m feeling good now, a week+ after the surgery. Can’t wait to remove the catheter tomorrow.

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