Our Latest Adventure -Medical Care in China

Don’t take your health for granted… it can change so quickly. This is something you hear often, but until you experience it I don’t think you will really understand. I know I didn’t. Over the last few months I have had colds, viruses and aches and pains. They were all easily explained away. Symptoms were confused with various aliments and even though doctors today know more than ever, it can still be a guessing game as they try to match symptoms. Trying to put into words how you are feeling is hard and are you really doing yourself justice? Searching out things on the internet to try to explain symptoms may only confuse the issue.

Let me take a step back. I have been feeling poorly as I said for months. Thinking it was busy work, a cold, and a tummy bug. Each time though I felt like I never fully recovered. Eventually the pain, that was always a discomfort, became worse. Finally it got pretty bad and kept me awake. Now I was listening to my body and made an appointment to see a doctor. After an ultra sound and tests they discovered a kidney stone. Painful and fit the symptoms I had. After a month the stone hadn’t moved and I sometimes had a fever, but blood work wasn’t showing infection. Sometimes I had such bad pain and was rushed to the doctor, which happened on two occasions. Pain killers didn’t help and symptoms would roller coaster from constant to extreme levels of pain.

My room for 8 days

My room for 8 days

The doctors I had never gave up, explained it away or thought I was ‘silly’. Instead there was some wait and see and more tests to keep searching. Finally when my doctor wasn’t available a different doctor decided to send me for another CT scan. Where I described the pain wasn’t where the kidney stone was, so he thought we should look into it. Maybe there was another? After this scan something else was discovered… a cyst. Now my blood work showed high levels of infection, so I was given 3 antibiotic treatments over 2 days. I felt better. I could walk without a limp and some of my energy came back. It was short-lived. Sunday night the pain returned… Monday another trip to the doctor. My fever was now high and the doctor was concerned for me to stay at home in case of incident. I had 45 minutes to go home, pack a bag and call my parents. They would pick me up in a car and drive me to hospital. The doctor came with us to get it all sorted along with one of the ladies from the office. I was admitted into a nice large private room with a bed for John.

View out of my hospital room

View out of my hospital room

Two more days of antibiotic treatment and no improvement this time. Finally the pain got worse and the last resort had to be done… surgery. Within 30 minutes I was prepped and being wheeled through the hospital. I was scared. I never had an overnight stay in hospital before never mind surgery. John came with me and kissed me at the door where he was directed to a waiting area. The hospital didn’t look so fancy, but the operating room was pretty high-tech. I thought I was inside a space ship! The head doctor was there and she held my hand and told me not to worry. Seconds after that I was out and woke as things were finished; hours later. I was told everything went well and I was OK. A few minutes later I was wheeled back to my room. We always joke the Chinese are bad drivers and the same goes for wheel chairs and beds. Every bump and nick along the wall sent me moaning in pain. Getting back into bed was excruciating.

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Nurse’s station… getting ready for Christmas even though it was a Chinese hospital.

 

The next few days are a blur of sleep, pain, emotions and more IV medicine. I had at least 7 in one vein alone… so many total we lost count. I later learned that it was in fact was not a cyst, but a 4cm tumour that had adhered to 5 different things/organs and became infected. The pain and difficultly to walk was now explained. The pain was now gone, but 6 small incisions still hurt. Soon I was up walking around. First only short trips to the bathroom and then around the room. Next I had enough energy to walk the halls.

All this took place over my birthday. Many people say what a terrible way to spend it, but I think I really got a great gift. My health.

Worst thing about any hospital stay -the food! It all smelled funny and no fish apparently doesn't include shrimp! After the operation smells made me nauseous. The food did not help my situation.

Worst thing about any hospital stay -the food! It all smelled funny and no fish apparently doesn’t include shrimp! After the operation smells made me nauseous. The food did not help my situation.

 

People from work, the doctors, the nurses, ladies from the doctor’s office and especially John made it special. I felt so blessed from the texts, visits and emails. People brought us treats, flowers and offered anything we needed. It really made this entire experience so much easier having such great support, care and love around. I cannot express how much I appreciated all the help. I dedicate this post to them. I will be forever grateful.

After nearly 5 years in China I think this will be the most memorable adventure and the hardest to forget.

As I get back on my feet and slowly return to work I will be back to write more on a regular schedule. Thanks for being patient already… and as always for staying tuned 🙂

 

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20 thoughts on “Our Latest Adventure -Medical Care in China

  1. Freda Goulet

    Diana, I am so happy to read that your surgery is behind you and that you are at home and are healing. Your positive attitude will help you to recover quickly. Hugs, Aunt Freda

    • Thanks Aunt Freda. It was a relief after a lot of not knowing, but a little crazy how quickly things changed. I guess I am lucky of the timing. If all this happened a month ago I would be in the middle of the busy time of year and maybe struggling with coping. Heading back to work this week or next will be a challenge, but at least it is not long until Christmas so I can have more time to recover.

  2. I am glad to hear you are recovering nicely and wish you continued good health!

  3. menomama3

    I’m so glad your problem was resolved but what a crazy and worrisome adventure!

  4. Wow that was a bumpy ride! I can imagine you will not forget this easily. Glad to hear eventually they were getting to do to make you heal. I hope you recover fully quickly. Take care dear blog friend. And now I know your name is Diana 🙂

    • Thanks Chris 🙂 It was frustrating feeling so tired and pain all the time without answers. Surgery is never ideal, but it did make me feel better and now I can recover and get back to my old self 🙂 A big birthday was coming and here I thought it was just getting older 😉 LOL

  5. ((((HUGS))))) again for you and your hubby. I can’t find the words to tell you how much I wish I could be there for you.

    • Thanks Leslie 🙂 It was an ordeal and John was so supportive and helpful. I don’t think I would have felt so good without his positive support. My parents also felt bad not being here, but with visa etc it is hard to just ‘come to China’. I was lucky to have great people at work come and help… people I don’t even know well. It just made it all easier to handle.

  6. What a relief for you to have the answer at last, I wish you a speedy recovery.

  7. A scary adventure, but a happy ending. Get well soon. Get back on your feet – and DANCE! A happy dance. 🙂

  8. Wow, that sounds like a scary situation. I had never been in the hospital either (except having my tonsils out at 6) until I gave birth to my son. That was scary for me because it was unexpected and I was induced and in so much pain. I can only imagine how scary it was not knowing what was wrong. It is awful isn’t it. So glad everything is resolved and you are healthy now! so much to be thankful for!

    • Thanks Nicole. Yes I was very glad it got sorted and I can be good as new 🙂 It was a scary situation, but the clinic I went to was so caring and helpful. It certainly showed me the good side of people. My health was the best gift to be restored.

  9. Their hospital food looks really awful!
    Even worse than baby food. 😉

    • Oh the smell was the worst and baby food tastes good! I felt very queasy after the surgery and the smell of that mush turned my stomach. I hardly ate for 3 days because of it. 😦

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