Occasionally I have problems with my spleen; I have an auto-immune condition which is sometimes affected by the spleen. In the past few days my spleen has been swollen again, this has meant that I have to be very careful about what movements I do and it also means I am in constant pain with it.
This is worrying for me, because I have minor surgery coming up in the end of July – it has nothing to do with the spleen. But if it is still swollen by then, my surgery may be pushed back.
One of the major reasons why I can’t do much day to day is because of pain, some days are worse than others and sometimes the pain and swelling can mean I can’t move around much at all or even receive cuddles/hugs, because it could rupture the spleen unintentionally.
The swelling affects my posture and I hate poor posture! It also means I find it hard to be in bed, because I can’t lay on my left side at all and I can’t have my ear drops when my ear infections are playing up (as I also have auto-immune inner ear disease) – it also means when I lay on my right side I can’t have my arm at my side like normal… you can imagine the discomfort I am in!
It has affected my ability to read large books, which is annoying because I was currently reading seven books and four of which are encyclopaedic in size!
It has also affected my appetite yet again, meaning I am eating even less than before, I can’t even manage a whole sandwich now!
On a positive note, it hasn’t yet affected my ability to write.
But it has put a stop to my new exercise regime and any ideas about helping Paul in the garden.
I thought, whilst my appetite was low anyway, I would take advantage of it and do some exercises to help tone myself up so I don’t get the dreaded loose skin problem, as I was quite chubby to begin with!
My spleen started to swell because I got cocky in my exercises and showed off to my house rabbit (of all people) that “look! Mama can still belly dance after all these years”! And I set my spleen off again and it swelled up over the course of a few hours after its initial bang of pain!
I miss belly dancing, it was really good exercise for the tum and made me feel sexy for a change!
So at the moment my family and I are living in constant fear that my spleen might rupture at any moment.
Thought we’d give you all the heads up!
I will try and keep you posted on my condition.
Thanks for reading!
P.S the post about the minor surgery was written a couple of weeks back and at the moment the surgery is still on. As I said, its nothing to do with the spleen, it is another matter.