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February 4th, 2017 at 05:51 am

So what had happened was.... lol

For the past month I've been having abdominal pain. REALLY BAD abdominal pain. On a scale of 10 it was about a 7.5 at worse. So a few weeks ago I was in the ER, on morphine.. Between then and now, I have had 3 pregnancy tests, 1 CT Scan, and 2 ultrasounds.. NOTHING... absolutely nothing was found.

So finally the Doctor ordered a test to see how my gall bladder was functioning because I'm the right demographic for it (I'm 40 years old). So the test is to last two hours and occurs this past Wednesday (Feb 1st). I showed up at 0830 and was told I'd be given this radiation so that they could track the functioning and I could actually watch it on the monitor. They allowed me to sleep the whole time because I wasn't allowed to move anyways.

So as two hours slowly roll by, I'm watching the monitor and talking to the technician. The whole time the only thing that shows up on the monitor is just my liver and large intestines. So they decided to do a delayed test which means that I had to do another one at 1300... Again, nothing on the monitor but liver and intestines. So she calls the doctor and lets him know what's happening and he's like "come see me right now".

So off I go and at about 1400 he tells me that my gall bladder isn't functioning. So I get recommended for gall bladder removal surgery because if it's not removed then bad things like death will happen.

So I'm like ok, I'll get surgery within the month or so, not a big deal. The surgery department calls me THAT DAY. Not even an hour later... Tells me to come in the next day for the consult. So I'm thinking.. maybe this is serious...

So I see the Surgeon and she tells me that I'm getting surgery NEXT WEDNESDAY (the 8th)! DEFINITELY SERIOUS. This is being considered as emergency surgery. After she talks to me for a bit, and I'm telling her stuff that has happened. She states that the time that I went to Korea and about this same time last year when I was vomiting and having nauseau was when my symptoms actually started. I even had an EGD and the Doctors there were like "it's just bad acid reflux" and gave me prescription prilosec.

She also tells me that if the pain spikes again (because my tummy is always tender and I'm in pain a LOT), to go directly to the ER and they will do the surgery then and there. (I hope it doesn't spike because I need to clean my apartment and car lol).

So now I'm a few days from surgery and about to clean my place and do as much as I can before Wednesday.

The good thing that I learned is that I should lose weight, at least an average of 15 pounds. This is great because I'm still trying to lose about 50 pounds.

But I am very grateful to know what the problem is and have it taken care of. Ironically there have been about 4 other people in my company that have had this same surgery. I don't know if it's the altitude here or what... (I live in Colorado).

By the way, I don't have gall stones at all. My gall bladder is just no longer functioning correctly.

I'll keep ya'll updated though!

9 Responses to “Surgery!”

  1. Laura S. Says:

    Oh my! That pain is the worst. I had mine out in my 20s. My daughter had hers out at 20. She kept telling the doctor she thought it was her gallbladder. She suffered for a year and ended up in emergency surgery. Very long story short, the doctor lost his license over hers and other cases.

    I digress. You will feel so much better once it is out. Keep us posted on the recovery process.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Well that is good and bad news isn't it? No one wants to have surgery, but it sounds like you will feel much better after the surgery. Prayers for a swift recovery!

  3. Dido Says:

    Thoughts and prayers that all goes well and for a speedy recovery!

  4. Kiki Says:

    Mine was removed about 15 years ago. You will learn to eat differently after, low fat or not fat on an empty stomach. Mine was an emergency surgery, too. Take your time with the recovery. Dont try and do to much to soon. Have easy to prepare meals if you live alone. Stock water by your bed with the pain meds or OTC meds. After just a few days you will begin to feel much better. Take fare!

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    I guess it's good to have some answers! Take care of yourself. I hope the surgery goes smooth.

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Wow! Hope everything goes well and you have a smooth recovery! All the best.

  7. LuckyRobin Says:

    They caught my gall bladder when it had almost died. I was turning yellow because it was affecting my liver function, too. The pain was excruciating. Having it out was like the difference between night and day. That was 12 1/2 years ago. It's been a long time since I've felt anything like that pain but I still remember it, so I feel for you. I hope you make it through surgery with flying colors.

  8. rob62521 Says:

    Oh dear! I'm sure you have been in major pain. I'm glad that you have some answers and that you will get it taken care of. As for cleaning your house, don't worry...it will be there if you wind up having emergency surgery! Smile The house cleaning fairies won't suddenly appear, gosh darn it!

    Hope your surgery and recovery go well and that you will soon be pain free!

  9. Sian Says:

    thanks everyone! I'm just glad they found out what it was and everyone kept saying it was probably my gallbladder lol.

    i'm also glad that everyone else had a good outcome eventually with their own surgeries.

    i do live alone and have already purchased some soups and such. I also have a gallon of water for by my couch and placed my ottoman near it for easier reach. I also bought a wedge pillow so i'll be a bit more comfy. i also went to the library and got a BUNCH of books lol. and i'm almost done cleaning my apartment. got the major dining and living room cleaned, and just need to do the dishes, bathroom and bedroom which is fairly easy and that should be finished tomorrow. as for taking it easy after surgery, i'll be on doctors orders for 2 weeks but then i'm back to work more than likley, and the army is sometimes less than ideal with some situations... lol

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