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Recovering

This past week has been NO FUN! I woke up Wednesday morning feeling ok but that didn’t last for long. The morphine (I am guessing) made me really sick. So Gayle came up to take care of Will and I. I was able to get a doctor’s appointment with Dr. Swarr late Wednesday afternoon. He had the same opinion as the ER doctor that I probably needed to have my gallbladder removed and he would refer me to a surgeon. I was to wait to get a call from his office on Thursday to tell me when my appointment was.

I felt pretty good for the most part of Thursday. But, by the afternoon I had a dull ache that was getting worse. So I called Dr. Swarr’s office and let them know what was going on. They immediately called the surgeon’s office and told me they would see me as soon as I could get there. About 4:00 pm on Thursday I met with Dr. Russell, the surgeon. After telling him what had been going on and he poked and prodded my abdomin and asking about my family’s history with their gallbladders – he then asked what I was doing on Friday. I said – I’m coming to have my gallbladder taken out!

So, Friday morning at 8:00 am I showed up at the Surgery Center for the procedure. It went very well with no surprises or complications. I was really sore and did not feel good Friday night. But, today I am feeling much better. Still really sore but slowly getting better.

Thank you for all your prayers!

January 17, 2009   5 Comments

No More Outback….

Well, this week has been interesting to say the least. The week after Thanksgiving, I had this terrible pain in my upper abdomin. I had been lifting Will in and out of the car all day (Christmas shopping) and I thought it may have had something to do with that. That night, the pain was really bad and did not go away so I went to my PCP – they have a walk-in clinic that is open until 8:00 pm. They determined that it was probably just gas! That was embarressing but it made a pretty funny story. And I was so thankful that my PCP was still open and I hadn’t gone to the ER.

Well, I have had this pain 5 or 6 more times since then. And Tuesday night it was THE WORST! I have never been in so much pain. (Reminder: I had a baby 10 weeks ago.) And I repeat: I have never been in so much pain! So, about 11:15 I told Bill that I needed to go the the hospital. So we head to Southern Hills Medical Center because it’s much closer than Williamson and I thought I might die (not literally) before we got to Williamson.

I get checked in to the ER, hooked up to fluids, morphine and anti-nausea medicine. Then they start poking and prodding me. They suspected gallbladder trouble so they do an ultrasound of my abdomen. The doctor comes back and tells me that I have gallstones and sludge. Isn’t that lovely? And that the attack was triggered by the fatty, greasy hamburger I ate for dinner.

At this point, I have met with my PCP and he is referring me to a surgeon. And my PCP is reviewing the ultrasound and official report from the ER. I am expecting a call today to tell me when my appointment with the surgeon is. I will probably have my gallbladder removed in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, I shouldn’t eat anything I like! For example, I love to eat at Outback. But, the Bloomin’ Onion is loaded down in fat and even the vegetables aren’t good for you! Way too much butter. For now I’m stuck eating bland things like applesause and dry toast :( Yuck! I know this might be a bit extreme but I would rather not risk having another attack!

January 15, 2009   5 Comments