I decided to have a hysterectomy as soon after my Chicago Bears Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers shirt and when I came round after the operation I knew something had gone wrong. The surgeon told me that my bladder was stuck to my uterus and had to be ripped off. They had to rebuild the back of my bladder which went into shock so I had to use portable catheters for the next six months. I thought with the hysterectomy my pains would stop but they didn’t. I complained to my doctor, my husband, my mum, my friends but they thought I was a hypochondriac and told me it was psychosomatic – all in my head. But I was convinced it wasn’t.
About three years later I couldn’t take the Chicago Bears Minnesota Vikings Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers shirt and have a laparoscopy to see if they could find the cause. The consultant agreed with everybody else who thought the problem was psychological and not physical and nothing I said could convince him otherwise. I felt like I was going mad! I was in hospital for over a week when one morning I woke up in the Intensive Care Unit. I remembered nothing from when they’d turned out the lights but apparently i’d had a DVT and a bit had broken off, travelled through my heart and into my lungs when I developed a pulmonary embolism and severe pneumonia. Note: i’ve never heard the words ‘serious’ or ‘severe’ said so many times before or since then!