The weight of my cyst winner and an update

“The technician missed her vein! The injection didn’t go into her blood stream! Page Dr. Lizensczhacts! STAT!” The flustered nurse screamed across the Emergency Room. The skin on my arms bubbled up until it was covered with welts and blisters. The heart monitor beeped loudly and the oxygen mask strapped to my face felt suffocating………

Some of you may remember the passage above from Meleah’s post here.  Well, guess what? Yes. it happened to me. Very soon after my op, they were concerned that I may have a clot on my lung and ordered an immediate scan.  They wheeled me off and got me onto the scanner bed. He placed the needle into my ‘whatever it is they call those things that they leave in your arm for injections’ and told me to hold my arm in a certain position. “We’re just going to inject a coloured dye into your veins so it will show up any clot you may have. Follow the instructions the machine will give you and you will be fine.” He started the machine up. CLUNK. I move along a bit. HOLD YOUR BREATH WHEN INSTRUCTED….HOLD… ONE… TWO… BREATH. CLUNK, move HOLD YOUR BREATH… ONE… TWO… BREATH. CLUNK…. “The dye will be injected now” CLUNK… I come backwards. “Did that injection feel strange?”  (Me) “It felt a bit warm, but…” I feel my arm being pressed and squeezed….. “It slipped out of your vein and the dye has gone into your arm”….squeeze, squeeze. (I think of Meleah’s post) “We’ll have to put another ‘whatever it is they call those things that they leave in your arm for injections’ into your arm.” At this point I have had enough. My arms had bruises all over from recent failed injections, because my veins are hard to find. I had another of ‘whatever it is they call those things that they leave in your arm for injections’ where I had a drip and my morphine pump attached. I had just had enough! “No!” I do not want another injection. I have had enough.” “But it’s better for you to have it now, than wait” He said. I knew they couldn’t make me have it and didn’t think I had a clot anyway. “I do not want it done. Please take me back”  A slightly disgruntled scanner man ordered them to place me (in a great deal of pain and a quick pump of morphine) back into my bed and wheel me to my ward.

The next day saw me sitting in my chair having showered myself and looking every bit like a woman who did NOT have a clot on her lung. The anesthetist came and grinned at me “That’s one to you” he said laughing. “We’ll work towards you going home tomorrow.”  He was a lovely man, with a sense of humour. In fact they all seemed to have a good sense of humour there, which suited me well.

My arm did swell up but went back down in a day or two. I wonder if I had a florescent arm under the right light.

I put a little photo montage together so you could see what’s been happening

I’ve had a few bad days, when the pain has made me feel a bit down, but things seem to be under control now and I’m mending nicely, I think. A photo of me taken today, while writing this post. I think you can see an improvement 🙂

Thank you all for your well wishes and the love you have shown us both during this. It helped a lot!

I go to the hospital for my results tomorrow, so hope I can give a good update.


The cyst weighed in at either 20 pounds or 21 pounds!  We got two weights, but what’s one pound difference when you’re talking this weight?

I have chosen two winners, because of it’s hugeness, so the winners are….

Congratulations Jackie, who said 17 pounds and Meleah, who said 15.2 pounds

A close runner up was Rebecca at 15 pounds.

Please let me know which Magnabeetle you would like and email me your postal address, so I can get them posted off to you as soon as possible.

  • Babs! I’m so glad you’re feeling better and it’s great to see that photo of your smiling face! Lovely 🙂

  • Ron

    Hi Babs!

    Thanks for sending your second update post because I didn’t get the first one on my reader.

    “I knew they couldn’t make me have it and didn’t think I had a clot anyway. “I do not want it done. Please take me back”

    Good for you for speaking up and saying NO. You followed your intuition and you were right!

    Love the photo collage! It gives us a great idea of the progression of your hospital stay. And I gotta say, you look AWESOME in that final shot – happy, healthy and good as new!

    WOW! 20-21 pounds?!!? That was one BIG cyst! Congrats to the winners!

    The best to you tomorrow getting your test results. Please us posted, okay?

    Be well, my friend!

    X to you and Mo!

    • When they told us the weight our mouths just dropped open, like a comedy sketch! We were so shocked. I already feel much better, so can’t wait until I have healed up, which will be another 10 weeks unfortunately.

  • Ivanhoe

    It’s so good to hear you are back home and mending well. I can not believe how huge your scar is. It was a big sucker and it’s out 🙂
    Hoping to hear more good news tomorrow.

    • The scar length was needed to get the cyst out! I’m so glad to be free of it, I can tell you 🙂

  • Comedy Plus

    Yikes, 20 or 21 pounds. Yikes. I’m glad I already have one of your magnets because my guess was way, way off.

    I’m glad that you came through this okay, even though you had a scare. I hate those scares. You look fabulous and I’m happy that things went well overall.

    I just figured you weren’t blogging yet because of the surgery. I didn’t realize that google was ignoring you.

    Have a terrific day. Big hugs to you both. 🙂

    • This is the first time I’ve sat at my computer and written a blog post, but noticed that Google didn’t show it once I posted. I would have guessed at about 7 pounds myself 🙂

  • Darling Babs! You look fantastic! Right as rain! I’m so sorry you went through all this mess, but I’m also very glad that nasty tumor is out of you! Don’t overdo for a while. Let Mo play nurse. (Oh I hope she’s better than Alex at playing nurse!) If I was closer, I’d come and nurse you myself. (I’m quite good at it!)

    • Thank you Linda. Not many men make good nurses. Mo is an excellent nurse, which I am very glad of. The only part she dislikes is that she has to give me an injection every evening for 25 days, and they hurt for a little while. It’s not bad but just a little thing I don’t like much 😉

  • Eric and Flynn (Jackie)

    Good grief, that was one hell of a cyst!!! Glad it is all over now. Make sure you take things easy. It is very easy to forget and do something you shouldn’t. When I first came home after my op, I was shuffling to the toilet and Flynn ran over to me. Without thinking I went to pick him up and stopped myself just in time. I had been told not to lift anything heavier than a kettle for about 4 weeks .
    PS How did you manage to have comments from 4 years ago on this post?

    • I did do something silly, the day after my op. I bent down to pick something off the floor and almost fell over! I soon realised that I had to be very careful and listen to what I’m told about lifting and bending etc. I will do my best to not do anything as an instant reaction.
      I will have to clear the old comments out. They come in from my old blog sometimes.


    I knew the part about them messing up your injection, because you emailed me, but reading this, and seeing ALL OF THOSE STAPLES? OMG. I love you. You’re sooooo brave! And I am so happy this is OVER for you.

    Please get all the rest you can! I am wishing you a speedy recovery.

    Also, from the photos I am thrilled to see you never lost your sense of humor through this ordeal!


    • It appears I kept everyone entertained the day of my operation, talking gibberish to Mo and everyone else! You know me. I always find something to laugh at and thankfully the nurses and doctors all had a good sense of humour too 🙂 I’m happy the op is all over, but hopefully, tomorrow will be the day we will say it is all over.

      • I just saw on Facebook you got the thumbs up, all good, clearance! HOOOORAY!!!


        • Yes! They found a lot wrong – cancerous growth in the womb, endometriosis and cancer somewhere else. I can’t remember as we lost track after the first few minutes. ALL was benign and ALL is now gone! 🙂

  • What an ordeal is right! I think I would have kicked him the second time he screwed up sticking the needle in my arm. I’m glad the surgery went well. Hell of a diet. Losing 20 lbs in one day. I can’t believe that thing weighed 20 lbs.

    • I don’t think it was his fault, but still, I was not happy about having another one put in 😉 I’m just glad that all my exercising last year was working and I’m now finally able to see the benefits!

  • Wow, you do look great. I saw the all clear on Facebook. So glad it is all behind you now. That was some scary, not to mention, unpleasant stuff you went through, and with much better humor than I would have had. Hats off to you and I hope you are totally back to yourself by Christmas. What a heck of a gift…the gift of health. Cheers!

    • Yes. We couldn’t want for a better Christmas gift and I’m working towards feeling great by then 🙂

  • Welcome back Babs ! I missed you !
    It’s so good to see you smiling !

    • Thank you Jaffer. I’m hoping to be back properly after Christmas.

  • Maureen Kuppe

    So great to see your smiling face Babs! I was thinking of you and wondering if you’d had the surgery yet. So glad to see everything went well… take care and rest. But make sure Mo doesn’t feed you any floor food 😉

    Take care my friend.

    • Thank you Maureen. Mo is feeding me well, and no floor food is allowed 🙂

  • Oh, Babs, you look fantastic! I’m glad to see you’re doing so well and….wow….20 pounds! Good riddance!

    • Thanks Margaret. I’ve had a couple of not so good days, but we’re so relieved it’s all over now. We know it’s all upwards now 🙂

  • Yay! It’s so good to hear and see you looking so well. That’s a big wound you have there, obviously quite an ordeal but fantastic it’s all done and dusted in time for Christmas 🙂

    • Yes. We’re hoping to have a lovely Christmas now, even if we haven’t planned much for it this year 🙂

  • Liudmila

    Well, you look really excellent! Now, when you turned back to sit near PC you can write a bestseller “How to lose 20 pounds in One Day”. I wanted to know how much is it in a comprehensive for certain dummies way and all I’ve found about 20 pounds were the advises how to lose them. :-))))

    • I am certainly a lot slimmer now. None of my clothes fit me, so I will need to get all new clothes as soon as I can face the shops :))

      • Liudmila

        I’m afraid, you have to wait one-two months. I began to add weight very quick after it … Maybe I’m too gourmand and can’t renounce on good things to eat… :-)))

        • Yes, I will need to watch what I eat until I can start my exercises again, though I have been treating myself a bit with sweets 😉

  • You look fantastic Babs, so nice to see your smiling face. As you probably guessed, I imagined you with longer curlier hair, ala your doodle. I’m so happy to hear you’re feeling better, recovering well and slimmer. That’s always a bonus after having some crazy surgery/hospital event — losing weight. It almost makes it all worth it.

    • I knew my photo would surprise you 😉 I had my hair cropped especially for hospital, but do wear it short, mostly. I am already feeling the real benefits of the op, so it was all worthwhile.

  • I am happy to see that you are more or less up and about, able to post and appear to be in great spirits. Here’s to health and happiness now and in the new year!

    • Thank you Shawn. I am healing well and feeling great, if a bit tired now and then.

  • Ron

    Just wanted to pop by to wish you and Mo and VERY Merry Christmas!

    Hope you had an awesome day!


    X to you both!

    P.S. Hope you’re healing well, my friend.

    (((((( You ))))))

    • Hi Ron! Thank you so much for thinking of us. We had a lovely Christmas, thank you. I hope you had a great time and are feeling well rested after your hectic week at work 🙂 Christmas lasts through until January 2nd for us, so we are still in holiday mode. Are you back at work? I suppose you have the sales to contend with now. I hope it isn’t too bad for you.
      We can’t believe how well I’m healing and I’m hoping to get back to normal life soon.

      • Ron

        Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay…so glad to hear that you’re healing well, Babs!

        Yes, I’m back at work but will have the entire month of January off and I’m so looking forward to it.

        Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

        X to you and Mo!

  • Jay of The Depp Effect

    Wow, Babs, you have certainly been through the mill, haven’t you? I am so glad I’m reading this now so that I know you’re coming out the other side more or less in one piece! You poor thing!

    I missed these last few posts because just after I posted about the Italians in London I went down with a flu bug which hung around for about five or six weeks. Then there was the run up to Christmas during which I hardly looked at my blog because I was making things to sell, and then my laptop broke, and then there was Christmas, and now, of course, poor Sid hurting himself.

    I have vowed to blog properly again from the New Year, and have already begun to put that into practice, so hopefully you’ll see a bit more of me again!

    I do hope you recover completely – and quickly – from this ordeal. My goodness – what a scar!!! Still, you did at least get some blog posts out of it, huh? So glad you came through it to write them!

    • It was a bit of a shock for us all, I can tell you. I am really surprised at how well I’ve been doing, considering what the operation actually entailed. I lost two stone in weight and I’m a lot healthier, so there was a very big plus to it all 🙂 I’m sorry to hear about your flu and I’m glad you are finally over it.
      I also intend to start blogging again in the new year and will look forward to changing the subject matter 😉

  • Lady in Red

    Babs I am so sorry to read about your recent operation.It is good to see that you appear to be making a good recovery.

    I have not blogged for about 18 months (you would have known me as Anna and my son had moved to Sheffield for a year’s work experience with the Trent Cancer Trust).

    My resolution for the new year is to begin writing again. I have resurrected my previous identity as Lady in Red.
    I had a tumour that was 7″ x 6″ x 7″ diagnosed in 2001 as you can see I am still here and relatively healthy.

    I trust that other than your recent cyst you and Mo have been in relative good health.


    • Yes Anna, I do remember you. I knew you had been recovering from something, but didn’t know the details. It’s good that you intend to write again in the new year and I look forward to reading your blog 🙂

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