Healing... Then Something Goes Very Wrong! ~ Part 9
I woke up in the morning feeling a little off and an hour later, I felt this pop in my right chest! I looked down and saw my drains were filling up and blood coming from the sides of the drains!
I started shaking and thankfully my friend was there and she was leaving for work! 1 min later, I would have been HOOPED! We had about 30 seconds to get into her car. She grabbed a big towel and we were gone! It was the scariest experience that I have EVER gone through!
I could feel it pooling and then it would pop .... it kept doing that for the 20 min or so drive to the hospital. I was screaming (poor her) and telling her to drive faster. She put her hazards on, and drove fast! I was terrified that it was going to open up or pour into my lungs. I could feel the staples ripping my muscle that was reconstructed back to my chest wall.
The pain was 11 out of 10. All I kept thinking about was my grand daughter... By the time I got to the hospital, my right chest was as big as my implant was and believe me, there was no room for a hematoma as all my excess skin I grew from my reconstruction was removed 9 days previously. I was so traumatized and they gave me an ativan and IV fentanyl for the excruciating pain I was in! Dr Brenner arrived to the hospital fast and I don’t blame him for my hematoma…I had lots of silicone attached to my ribs/chest wall and muscle…and having zero breast tissue, shit can happen!
So, back under I go.. I remember telling the new anesthesiologist, "I don't want to die....please keep good care of me." He smiled, and patted me on the shoulder and told me, you'll be okay, you're in good hands." It was a 2 hour procedure to cauterize it. When I awoke, I felt the worst pain of my life! They gave me more fentanyl and I stayed overnight at he hospital.
Little did I know, that I would be charged $50,000 for another life~saving surgery! My husband got me a health insurance package before I flew to California, which they have declined to help me pay for the hospital bill! I'm told we probably have to hire a lawyer. Like I need more shit coming my way :(
Such a NIGHTMARE I've been through. ALL this unnecessary stress... which can bring on cancer! I was told, I would have died if I didn’t have medical care right away….Can you imagine if I was travelling back home and this happened on the plane ??!
I took this photo immediately after, and the drains were filled up right away and then came the shock/ trauma…. :(