Saturday, November 6, 2010

How galling...still here...

Sorry I've been so out of bloggy touch - the boys have been growing well (in fact, 2 months old today) and I've been doing great - helping Medieval Mom try to find a house, etc.

And then...

WHAM!!

Last Sunday afternoon, bad pain in upper right quadrant of belly. Trip to doc's office on Monday yielded a CAT-scan and a potential enlarged gall bladder. Trip to general surgeon's office on Tuesday confirmed suspicion. The fact that I was still in continuous pain and taking the percocets that I had (thankfully) never taken after my c-section meant that I needed to have the thing out soon for fear of infection. Thursday morning, have a "lap-chole" (where they go into your belly-button and take something out) to remove offending gall bladder (which apparently has a jawbreaker-sized gallstone in it). It was pretty bad and it's a good thing it came out. Doc decides to keep me overnight so he can give me IV antibiotics and so that a gastroenterologist can take a look at an x-ray of my bile duct that might have a stone in it. GI-doc decides the next morning that my liver enzymes are a little elevated, which warrants doing an endoscopy to check for another stone creeping around in there. Low and behold, they find one, take it out with their endoscopy tool and then tell me I'm "too perky" to stay in the hospital another night, so they send me home yesterday afternoon.

So, now, I'm without any kind of gall issues remaining (I hope) and I'm just healing from what was ultimately a routine couple of procedures - it's just that they SNUCK THE HELL UP ON ME!!!!!! I'm telling myself that I don't need to begin weaning myself off of the Vicodin completely just yet - that I'm not a wimp if I still take it! Or if I still have pain...

Speaking of which, I'm going to go have a vicodin now...

6 comments:

What Now? said...

You know, MW, there's just not enough excitement in your life!

Glad to hear that the surgeries went well (I remember when D had to have her gall bladder out -- major pain, I know). Hoping for quick healing for you!

C. Troubadour said...

Yikes! Those sneaky stones. Very glad you are on the mend. Hope there will be only good surprises during your recovery!

Belle said...

Ouch. Nice to hear from you, even if circs aren't of the best.

heu mihi said...

Wow! Egads, that's no fun. Glad to hear that you're doing okay, though!

Flavia said...

Jesus God, lady!

But at least the drugs mean you'll be sleeping through the night, I assume? Even if the twins aren't. . . ?

Very glad you're better.

Wendy Landewé said...

Hi from Castlewoman,

Your story sounds very familiar to me. She had the same problem, already during her pregnancy. The doctor advised her not to eat meat and she was immediately getting better by the day! I don't know if this is helpful, but she is a radiant mom now (though still a vegetarian...). Hope you get well soon... Wendy