What is endo belly?

What is endo belly

 what is endo belly?

You might have heard that I just had surgery and that it involved a drain. To be completely honest I never knew this existed until I had it, but according to the hospital my doctor uses it. endo belly is the name of this drain and it's what drains all of the fluid from my abdomen and it's what causes me to look so "disgusting". This drain is actually connected to a central line or a cannula that is placed through my chest and into my femoral artery. 

That is my "public" port, but you should hear what I call it... All I can say is EWWW! As far as I know this is the only way to get this drain out. If it gets pulled out any other way I would have to wait until they finished the whole procedure and then have it put back in. Right now the drain is still draining through my central line (that's on the back of my right arm) and I'm told it will be like this for another week or two.

How i get rid from endo belly

The plan is to come home and have it removed on my own. At that point my mommy can take the kids so I don't have to get out of bed to have a nurse come and change it. I've got a lot to say but don't know where to start or what to say. So here's my current update. Friday, May 8th - Today was my day of rest, by choice. I haven't gotten out of bed yet but I did get to eat and drink a little. The drain is still draining into the cannula in my chest and I'm hoping to have the central line out on Monday. I have a doctor's appointment on Tuesday and hopefully I can get that out too. It's pretty uncomfortable having a needle stick in my chest all the time. Saturday, May 9th - I got up today and went and got a hot shower It was so nice to be able to clean up a little. Plus my mom and I went and saw Cars 2 with my Aunt Nancy and Grandpa. It was such a cute movie. The kids were so good, there were some moments when it got a little loud, but they never cried or anything so it was fun. Saturday evening, I found a thermometer at Target. My temp was up to 102. I took an ibuprofen and a nap and went back to sleep and it was back down to normal, so I'm assuming it was just a temp that went up.

I was very tired Saturday night but still ok. Sunday, May 10th - I woke up feeling great. My face felt like it had one of the worst sunburns ever but I had no fever or aches so I figured that was ok. After my shower I noticed that I was in some serious pain. I thought I had slept funny, but when I stood up the pain got worse. It was my worst pain yet, I just laid back down on the bed and cried. After about 30 minutes the pain went away and I laid back down and fell asleep. Monday, May 11th - I took a trip to the doctor's office, I was at the hospital all weekend but I forgot to mention this before, I got my first "under my belly button" incision! My incision is on the inside of my stomach right where the gush drain comes out.

Results of my diet for endo belly

So far it's not hurting and it actually looks pretty cool. The nurse that put the drain in said it would get worse as it drains. I'll know more on Wednesday when I have my next follow up appointment. Tuesday, May 12th - I'm still a little sore and the gush drain site isn't feeling any better, it's still red and very painful. I saw my new doctor today and he took a look at the drain and said that he needs to make sure that everything is down there before he takes it out. He wants me to call first thing in the morning and see if I can come in later in the day. It's just been a rough week. I'm doing my best to stay positive but I'm really ready to get this drain out and get to feeling better. Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day I was scared of what I would look like after surgery. I was only in the hospital for about 24 hours, I was in and out pretty quickly so I didn't get a picture with my IV in, but I don't think it took long to go down. On the other hand, I can't remember what it was like being pregnant. I remember feeling very swollen for the first couple of months, but then I wasn't even showing yet so I think I managed to hide it quite well I have swollen hands and feet, and really chubby cheeks. If I had thought about it, I could have looked at a picture of myself before I had my babies to compare. Of course, in the hospital they didn't have a mirror in the rooms, so I didn't get to see much of myself after surgery. For the first day or so I didn't have any pain pills or anything. I remember being really nervous and I could barely talk at first. I felt really weak and I was afraid I was going to pass out, but that never happened The pain got bad enough for the pain medication to be put into my IV.

For the next couple of days I tried to sleep as much as possible. I needed to rest. I had to get up every couple of hours to empty my drainage bag and it took about an hour for it to drain completely. It was bad. By the time the drain was empty I felt ok enough to get up and go to the bathroom, which was nice because I hadn't gotten to take a shower yet.

Every time I looked down at the drain my stomach would get really upset. I was able to start walking around the second day after surgery, not quite as well as I was able to get up and down the stairs after giving birth, but I did ok. When I got home I needed to wait to shower because the drain had to be emptied every 2 - 3 hours. I did my best to make sure that it was emptied at least every 4 hours. I was in so much pain. I don't remember being this sore after any of my other C - sections.

I was also worried about my incision. It had to be 8 - 9 inches long and went all the way down my stomach. They said it would start to hurt within a couple of days. When I did shower it was still very painful but not as bad as the first shower. It did hurt for a few days afterwards, but I'm pretty sure the pain pills took the edge off. I was definitely taking pain pills at some point every couple of hours. The incision healed really quickly and it didn't really hurt when I first got up in the morning, but then by about 9: 00 or 10: 00 it was hurting again. I remember on day 3 when I got up to go to the bathroom I was trying not to cry because I knew I had to get back in bed. It was painful. I hated taking the pain pills because I was afraid I was going to forget to take them and end up in unbearable pain, but they really took the edge off and I could at least sleep some at night. By day 5 I felt pretty much normal. I don't know how much I'll be able to do as far as my running goes. I'm still not supposed to lift anything heavy and I'm supposed to use my back muscles for all types of things. I'm pretty sure I'll be taking it easy this summer and I'll stick to my easy workouts in the neighborhood.

I'm just so excited to finally be able to get back to normal. I definitely won't be running a marathon or anything like that, but I hope to be able to start training for some longer races next year. I want to run the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville and the Country Music half in Pigeon Forge. I still have to have surgery to have the second part of my port removed, but I have to wait until after I get back from vacation. I'm hoping that won't be until next month because it's just going to be horrible after a vacation with that surgery. I'm really hoping I get my new port before then so that I don't have to have surgery again and have to be down and out for 2 weeks. I'm already planning on recovering at my parents' house in Jackson so it's not going to be fun trying to get around there with a big scar across my stomach. I'll just be in a lot of pain if I have to drive myself. When I started running, I never thought I would be running a marathon.

After all, I never thought I would even run a mile. I never thought I would want to run, let alone be the type of person who wanted to run a marathon. I am a cross country coach. I didn't even play sports in high school.

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