Sorry for not posting for a while, but my condition has been taking its toll.
The relief that I found after my hospital visit was short lived, with the abdominal pain returning about 3 days after discharge. It got so bad that on Wednesday, I called my Gastroenterologist and asked what else could be done. He said that he could do nothing further except recommend a Colorectal Surgeon to further treat this condition. Wonderful, I thought.
So back to my GP, who I told my story to from the beginning, told him that the pain had returned and that I would like a referral and some pain relief. My doctor even gave me some more anti-biotics, two types in fact to try and settle down the pain. This would now be the 6th course of antibiotics that I have been on in five weeks. That can’t be healthy in itself. On my way out of the clinic I gave him a jar of fig jam and told him it came from the fig tree out the front of the building. He was well impressed and started showing the other doctors.
Anyway, I managed to get an appointment with the Surgeon for the 22nd April, so hope to get a few more answers from him. I met him when I was in hospital, and he has a great bedside manner and explained everything the the nth degree. At least I will be in good hands.
So, as expected, the antibiotics have not worked at all, but the pain relief has been welcome. I have been feeling horrible all week, and have not done as much gardening this weekend as I had hoped. I have found that I have had to have a rest in the afternoon, or I just don’t make it through the day. At least I managed to get some snow peas and two types of cabbages in the ground where the old pumpkin patch had once been. I had lots of help from the chooks and Ben, who as promised helped me remove the old bean stalks, and planted the seeds and seedlings. He is so looking forward to helping himself to the snow peas, as are all of us.
Hopefully, this week will shed some more light on the road to recovery. I can definitely say that I am well over diverticulitis! At least I can still manage a podcast each week, which keeps the creative juices flowing. Oh, and of course there is my day job. Who could forget that.