On the Path to Wellness After a Hip Ordeal and Long Hospital Stay

On the Path to Wellness After a Hip Ordeal and Long Hospital Stay
  Hi, everyone. I’m back! It’s been a long time since I last wrote because I became seriously sick and was hospitalized for three months. In November 2018, I was admitted to the hospital for fevers and hip pain. With my complicated health history and having had a hip replacement, my doctor was concerned about sepsis and wanted to make sure there was no infection. That’s when my life spiraled downward. Shortly after a hip aspiration was done on Nov. 21, I experienced pain in my back, abdomen, and hip. I started losing sensation of my left leg, and eventually it became completely numb and unable to move. A doctor told me it was probably a pinched nerve and nothing serious. One week later, pain continuing, an abdominal CT scan was ordered. That’s when they discovered I was in an emergent situation and rushed me to intensive care. I had developed a massive retroperitoneal hemorrhage and ended up having 12 blood transfusions and five bags of plasma infusions to stop internal bleeding. After the hemorrhage, a retroperitoneal hematoma formed in my left abdomen. It was pressing on my colon and displaced my kidney, going along my spine from the T12 vertebra to my pelvis. My condition was critical. To save my life I was transferred to a trauma hospital. It was a pretty scary time! When I was at my sickest, I started receiving cards in the mail at the hospital. I received over 150 cards from family, friends, and strangers! My mother told a support group about what I was going through and they wanted to send me some cards, too. Those cards kept my spirits up. I decorated my room with them.
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