Hi everyone, just wanted to share my experience in Poland last week and how I am feeling right now.
Firstly, it was a blessing to be there with such lovely people as Fraser and her husband, who I am sure we will remain good friends for life as we shared a momentous time together.
The days before the procedure we talked about our fears and anxieties which was good to share and the testing procedures we all shared together as you are taken around in a group.
The long day of the procedure, was also good to be connected to others going through the same thing.
One lady in the group went in at 1:00pm but then we had to wait until 6:30pm for the next procedure which was me!
I felt like I was in a dream and it was a strange experience to take the plunge when you are feeling apprehensive, but I learned a lot about myself in that I can be brave and go forward when i know that the benefit outweighs the risks. i was actually shocked to find out that I too had narrowed veins on both sides. I had just the angioplasty balooning done.
After i came out i had warm hands and feet and they were not stiff anymore.
The next day my bladder was playing up because of the catheter and i didnt have a lot of control over it. In the evening we went to meet everyone in the bar and I too experienced the fact that the noise and bustle wasnt getting to me like it would normally. I sat in there for a couple of hours chatting away which was a great experience.
I found that i could get my leg over the bath side to get into the shower and this got better the following day in that i got in and out by myself, but my legs were still not stable and my bladder was getting worse. I also experienced a large haematoma around the groin area that kept getting bigger by the day. The staff were very helpful and took me back to the clinic on the sunday night to get it checked out, to make sure the vein had closed up and was not leaking blood, which it turned out to be ok. The reason for the bruise spreading was because of the blood thinners so that put my mind at rest. As i was back on a plane the next day.
Monday we flew home and the bladder infection kicked in more, so the trip back to the airport was rather embarrassing but Maciec was very kind and patiently waited as i had to change clothes
he carried our suitcases to the check in desk which also helped Nigel as I was in a wheelchair and falling apart by now!!!
So here we are at Tuesday and I am just going to take some antibiotics. I tried to do it the natural way but things arent improving at all. I hope to report in a few days that things have improved dramatically for me but right now I am not so lucky in this aspect. You desperately want to come home with great news as all your friends and family are waiting eagerly for news of improvement.
my emotions are all over the place as one minute i am just telling myself that its the infection that has knocked me back but in the back of my mind I am questioning whether my vein has closed up again. my feet are cold again. Has anyone had this experience? or do your feet stay warm the whole time? ANy shared info on this would be much appreciated.
Good Luck to everyone! Jox