Damien the Cyst, you officially suck

by Beth Anne on April 29, 2013

Who has two thumbs & two ovaries? THIS GIRL.

Figured I should get that out of the way first – that my doctor managed to save my ovary & while it came at a price (doesn’t everything?), I am so thankful for it. Right before they took me to the operating room, my doctor came in & marked my side & put her hand on my forehead & I begged her to not take both of my ovaries. I had an irrational fear that she’d get in there & find things on the left side & leave me with nothing & she smiled & said that she didn’t care what she found, she wouldn’t do that to me.

Surgery went a little longer than planned – it was a tumor, not a cyst. It was bigger than anticipated & it wouldn’t budge through the laparscopic cuts. In the end, she made a larger incision on the right but accidentally sliced a blood vessel in the process. But she still made the right call & did exactly what I asked her to do – save the ovary.

Want to see it? Click here. It’s pictures of my innards, so don’t look if you’re eating or need smelling salts on the regular. If you don’t want to look, the run-down is that Damien was the size of my uterus.

While we are waiting for the official report from pathology, they are 98% sure it is benign. So I am honestly not concerned. I even hate to call it “tumor” because that sounds so DUN-DUN-DUN when really, this should be the end of the road for it.

The truth is that I completely underestimated this surgery. Between the stitched internal blood vessel & the larger incision, recovery has been a little slower than I hoped. I’m not doing well with the pain meds & have spent quite a bit of time seeing them come back up, which means a) my bullied abs are really taking a beating & b) I’ve stopped taking pain meds. I really thought I’d be up & moving per usual today & here I am on the couch, logging into VPN for work & trying to ignore the burning, stabbing pain near my right hip.

The boys have been amazing – Doug missed his calling in life to be a nurse & Harrison is working very hard at being gentle with me. He’s frustrated that I can’t wrestle or move fast & that he can’t lay on me while I rest, but he’s also fascinated with looking at the bandages on my belly. Our friends have been incredible (Kathleen! Tonya! Suzanne!) at bringing us yummy food – recovery is easier with homemade chicken pot pie & Whole Foods cake pops!

bed1 Damien the Cyst, you officially suck

Thanks for all of your prayers & well-wishes through this stupid mess. I’m so glad it’s over. I hope you all had a great weekend – it’s raining here but I’m enjoying the quiet.

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

samantha April 29, 2013 at 9:21 am

I’m so glad you’re ok!! That’s some scary stuff there, and that’s a HUGE tumor. I don’t do so hot on meds either, so i take a mix of tylenol and advil (which are safe to take together :) ) but with the blood vessle idk how good it would be to take the advil. Which leaves tylenol that doesn’t do much good. And yay for good doctors who leave organs!!!! Suck it Damien the evil Tumor, SUCK. IT. lol. Praying for a fast(er) recovery and healthy organs here after!


Erin April 29, 2013 at 9:28 am

Glad to hear you’re okay, and that both ovaries are still there! I hope your recovery speeds up, and will be praying that all is well as far as Damien’s test results are concerned.


Suz April 29, 2013 at 9:41 am

Holy huge tumor! Continue to rest up! I pass whole foods on the way to & from daycare. If you need a cake pops refill this week, let me know!


Jill April 29, 2013 at 9:59 am

Yikes! I’m glad you’re okay but sorry that your recovery is going to take longer than expected. You had a tumor the size of your uterus in you. That. Is. Crazytown!!!


christina April 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

I’m so glad that this is over with for you. You will heal, just give yourself the right amount of time and don’t overdue it. I’ve never been a fan of pain meds for the very reasons you cited above. When I had Phoenix and 11 lbs of person came out of an abdominal incision they were more than eager to dope me up. I think that I was running on pure anxiety at that point and refused the meds and really hurt myself in the long run by not resting or recovering. Don’t make that mistake. Just be a good patient, and BE patient. You will get better.


Jess April 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

Yikes! Damien was a big mofo! I’m glad you got it done and over with and hopefully this is just the beginning of healthy new BA!


Emily April 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

I’m glad the surgery went better than expected. Yay for not losing an ovary! Girls our age can’t afford such thigs:) I hope the pain subsides soon so you can feel and get back to normal!


Jane April 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

Oh, man, try to find a way to take the pain meds. They can try different drugs (like vicodin instead of oxycodone, or the other way around) OR give you an anti-nausea med to take with it (like zofran or phenergan). Personally I did best when I took the anti-nausea meds. But your recovery will go a lot better/faster if the pain is under control.


Rebecca April 29, 2013 at 10:39 am

Good Lord that thing was a monster! Thank God it’s out and you still have your lady parts. Prayers for a speedy recovery full of lots of rest and yummy casseroles :)


Erin April 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

Call your doc on the pain meds! I get VERY sick from pain meds & after numerous surgeries my docs have finally worked at getting the right “cocktail” for me so that I’m not sick at all & not in pain! Otherwise you can do a rotation of Tylenol & Motrin every 3hrs apart :).
I used to live in pain all the time from surgeries until one of my friends (she’s a PA) yelled at me & said if I spoke up there is all kinds of different types they can try to keep me pain free & also avoid nausea/vomiting. Tramadol is a good non-narcotic pain med but it’s stronger than OTC stuff!


Kristy April 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

You are such a trooper.. I can’t believe how big Damien was. So glad you’re on the mend! Praying for you!


Jessica April 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

Holy cow, that sucker was massive! I am so glad you’re doing better and that you have all of your ovaries in tact! Heal up and feel good soon!


Morgan April 29, 2013 at 11:14 am

Wow! That was a shock! But I’m glad everything is taken care of now and all you have to worry about is recuperating. Feel better soon. :)


Laura Case April 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

But…. where is the poop update?????????


Julia's Math April 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

Try a non narcotic opioid. I took tremodal and it solved the whole throwing up thing. So sorry!


Jessica April 29, 2013 at 11:37 am

Okay, first of all, I love your fireplace and mantle décor.

Now that that’s out of the way….
I’m so glad you’re on the mend and you have TWO ovaries. Booyah! Go BA’s doctor.

Naturally, you would be the one to end up with a tumor instead of a cyst. You don’t do anything half assed, do you?

Feel better, get lots of rest and know that we all love you tons and tons!


Erin April 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Well I’m glad she was able to save both ovaries! Yay for her but boo for Damien being worse than expected. Hope you miraculously feel 100% after today :)


Amy April 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Wow, Damien was big! Feel better!


Annabeth April 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Youch. After two c-sections, I feel like I’ve tried every type and combination of painkillers due to sensitivities to a lot of them. What my dr. finally recommended that worked best for me was the equivalent of 4 Advil/ibuprofen, taken every eight hours. Helped a lot with the pain and didn’t leave me nauseous or wonky-feeling. I hope you feel better soon.


Arnebya April 29, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I’m glad the demon has been exorcised but that two ovaries remain. I hope you’re back to wrestling soon.


Sarah K. April 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I can’t really fathom the size of Damien. I mean, I get it, but I can’t wrap my head around it. Bless your heart and thank goodness for good doctors. I hope your recovery speeds up.


Lori @ I Can Grow People April 29, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Really hoping that you are able to relax and take the time to rest and recover as needed. Glad your tribe is taking good care of you!


kristen April 29, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Glad to hear you are ok! I am sure the path results will be fine, and recovery will be here before you know it. My little calls my scar from my surgery my “rip” and asked to see where the “doctors sewed me up” all the time. Super cute, and has been a good way to get her to understand why she can’t be held/lay on me etc.


Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments April 29, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Get well soon! So glad to hear all is well and you’re on the mend.


Jamee April 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I have had a tumor/cyst that size and they suck something awful! I am so very glad that your doctor was able to save your ovaries! Way to go doctor! I definitely agree with previous posters about asking for an anti-nausea med if it will help you get some pain relief! Also if you haven’t had to “go” since surgery I highly recommend taking a stool softener. Sorry to bring up poop but as a complete surgery pro, I will say that the first #2 post-op is not fun combined with the anesthesia (your GI system is the last to wake up), sore abdominal muscles, and pain meds so you will want to try to make things move as comfortably as possible. I hope you start feeling better! Take your time healing! Pushing yourself too far too fast will only cause problems (been there, done that). We are here for you! Love you BA!


Sarah C. April 29, 2013 at 8:37 pm

I was a hysterical mess before my surgery. Glad it’s over and soon will be very much in the past. Continue to take it easy. I do hope you get some relief from the pain soon and everything stays down. As if you didn’t have enough to deal with. *gentle* hugs and prayers for healing.


Gina April 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Hope you feel better soon!


Erin April 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

Hmm…well I posted this comment yesterday morning but it is still “waiting moderation”…so maybe you saw it…maybe not? Either way-
Call your doc on the pain meds! I get VERY sick from pain meds & after numerous surgeries my docs have finally worked at getting the right “cocktail” for me so that I’m not sick at all & not in pain! Otherwise you can do a rotation of Tylenol & Motrin every 3hrs apart .
I used to live in pain all the time from surgeries until one of my friends (she’s a PA) yelled at me & said if I spoke up there is all kinds of different types they can try to keep me pain free & also avoid nausea/vomiting. Tramadol is a good non-narcotic pain med but it’s stronger than OTC stuff. As someone also mentioned you can ask for anti-nausea meds as well to take prior to the pain meds. The trick with both meds is taking them before any symptoms- if you stay ahead of pain & nausea they are much better to fight than when you are already in pain or nauseous which is harder to get rid of.
Get lots of rest (this is usually the part I ignore & then pay for it later) & I hope recovery goes fast!


Sarah April 30, 2013 at 10:10 am

I’m sorry that recovery has been such a rough process for you. I’m happy to hear the doctor was able to save both ovaries.

Wishing you feel better real soon!


Stephanie Appel May 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Hey girl – I’m a little late to the party but I had major abdominal surgery in March and I also had seriously issues with the pain meds. ALEVE is the way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!! Two in the morning, two at night. The hard-core drugs make you constipated anyway, and who wants to poo with sliced stomach muscles? Not this girl! I also dry-heaved twice in the hospital and then decided to stop taking my pain meds too. It’s brutal, so pamper yourself!!! And b*tch and moan to me if you need to. :)


Jenny May 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm

YIKES! That looks just like the “cyst” they thought I had a few years ago. They said mine was a Cystoma is that the kind of tumor yours was, too? Glad the bastard is gone! :)


Mamaintheburbs May 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

I just started reading your blog! I lived in Raleigh for 10 years btw and got married there too. My husband was a brewer at Carolina Brewing Co in Holly Springs. Anyway, I’m so sorry about your recent health issues. I’ve been there but on the breast side of things and had a tumor. Had surgery too. But I will say nothing compares to belly surgery. In 2010 I had to have my colon removed. I had 70 staples in my stomach. It was the most painful thing. You need to take it easy and rest! You don’t want the stitches to come apart either.

I also just read your post about baby fever. You my friend are not alone. Those words won’t make you feel better. I went through 6 rounds of Ivf with several miscarriages. Finally we decided to adopt. My daughter is 3.5 now. She has started to ask for a sibling. I posted an article last night on my timeline about how infertility affects my daughter. It makes me sad everyday! I want another child. I don’t know your full story but I hope things work out for you. Thinking about you and hope we can chat!


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