Back at work today after my surgery on Friday! I wanted to give you guys an update since you have all been so supportive. Plus if anyone else has to get a D & C to get placenta removed, I want you to know that it’s sooooooooo nothing to worry about! So I’m sharing my experience today.
The morning going in I was slightly nervous. Mostly because I have been under anesthesia before and woke up from it sooooo nauseous in the past. The thought of going through that again made me, well, nauseous! And don’t judge me, but the second thing I was most concerned about was my eyebrows! Ha! As you guys might know from my Instagram stories, I recently got my eyebrows microbladed – just a few days before my surgery. And you’re supposed to keep ointment on them for two weeks after and keep them dry. Meaning they can’t get wet. So while I was in pre-op for my surgery I made sure my doctor, the anesthesiologist and my O.R. nurse all knew to avoid my eyebrows (with surgical tape or anything). Ha! I’m not even kidding. They all laughed about it and commented on how good my eyebrows look! They were humoring me. I had a really great team of doctors and nurses working on me, all with a great sense of humor! Plus, I live in Los Angeles and they’re probably used to this type of thing. The anesthesiologist even said to me “oh you just got your eyelash extensions, I’ll make sure to watch out for them.” So I’m guessing I’m not the first person that’s walked in there and had cosmetic concerns. It’s silly but a funny memory I will always have.
In fact, my OB/GYN was asking me about my microblading experience as they were putting me under anesthesia. So the very last thing I remember before I fell sleep was raving to her about my microblading experience. Ha!
The details are fuzzy when I woke up. I know I spoke to my doctor afterwards, but I have no memory of it. And I remember Kevin calling Grandpa Joe from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. But overall I snapped out of it very quickly and had zero nausea! Which is pretty incredible considering the fact that the two other times I’ve been under anesthesia, I got so so so sick waking up. My mom gets sick waking up from it too. I think it’s because I told the anesthesiologist before the surgery that I get really nauseous and he gave me some medication through my IV to help with it. He also asked me if I get carsick and motion sickness, and I told him that I do so he gave me a little patch that they stuck behind my ear that helps with motion sickness and therefore would help when the anesthesia wore off. So my advice to anybody who has gotten sick from anesthesia before is to tell your anesthesiologist about it before you go under again. And if you’ve never been under but are having a procedure where you will be – if you get motion sickness or car sickness make sure to tell your anesthesiologist about it beforehand! I was never asked that beforehand and got super sick. Maybe if my other anesthesiologists in the past had asked me that, then they could’ve given me the same patch behind my ear and it would’ve helped. So hopefully this helps someone out there reading this who’s going into a surgery.
And I’m just realizing that some of you might not know what my surgery was! I talked about on my blog and Instagram quite a few times but I’ll do a quick recap for anyone wondering. I had a D & C to have some leftover placenta in my uterus removed. Basically after I gave birth to my son Riley 6 months ago, all of the placenta didn’t come out with him. Same thing happened when I had my daughter Molly over two years ago. But with her, it eventually worked it’s way out on it’s own. It was such a small piece and my doctor gave me medication to help my uterus contract and it got it out on its own. This time around, I had the same medication but it didn’t work. Then we decided to wait a while to see if getting my cycle back would take care of the problem. And yes, I got my cycle back even though I’m still breastfeeding. I had it twice in fact and it still didn’t remove the leftover placenta. That stuff is sticky! So we finally decided it was time to have the surgery. We basically waited as long as we did because nobody wants to go into surgery if they don’t have to. But the reason it’s important to have it removed is because it puts you at risk for infection or blood clots. So I’m glad it’s done and over with. It was shockingly easy! So if anybody out there reading this is about to have the same procedure, don’t stress at all! It was actually kind of a nice relaxing break from the kiddos to be honest with you. Ha!
Anyway, I’m back at work at Home & Family today and feeling great! I still feel cramping, but I know it will go away soon. I’m mostly just feeling good about the whole thing being behind me because I don’t have to think about it anymore. I think when you become a parent, going into any sort of surgery (even if it’s super minor) is scary because you have two kiddos that are counting on you to wake up from it. And while I had no doubt I would wake up from it. It was a thought that crossed my mind.
Real quick before I go, and because I just think the outfit is so cute, I’m gonna give you details on what I’m wearing today. As you can see from these photos, our house on Home & Family (the show I work on) is covered in fake snow. Even though it’s pretty warm here in LA, it can be super chilly in the mornings. This morning it was in the 50s! So I put on my cutest, comfiest Koolaburra by UGG boots. I actually had another pair that I always wore but when I went home to Massachusetts a few weeks ago my sister loved them so I gave them to her. I’m a sucker for sharing with family (which we all should be!). So I got another pair for myself! Plus I just love anything with a cute little bow detail on it. I live in these things! I even wear them at home around the house because they’re as comfortable as slippers. I got them at Nordstrom Rack for a ridiculously good price at under $90! You’re going to pay a lot more for them other places.
And while I was on Nordstrom Rack’s website I found this cashmere sweater. I’ve never, in my entire life, bought a cashmere sweater. They’ve just always been way out of my price range. In fact, this cashmere sweater (it comes in a blush/wisteria color too) was originally over $400! WHAT?!?! I’m not even kidding. But it’s on sale right now for $139! Even that is slightly more than I like to spend on a quality sweater. But given the original price and the fact that it was 65% off, I just had to take a chance on it! I figured if I didn’t like it, I could always just send it back. But I’m happy to say I’m absolutely obsessed with it! So much so that I bought it in the blush/wisteria color as well. And it’s great to wear with necklaces layered on top. My ball and chain necklace from my jewelry line is PERFECT to wear with it! I also linked my purse and $29 leggings below the photos.
Anyway you guys, I just wanted to write this blog post to give you an update on my surgery and to say thank you for all of your love and support throughout it all. I know it’s silly and it was minor, but I was still nervous and it felt good to have you all there for me. I hope I’m there for you in some small way too! Love you guys.