Friday, February 17, 2012

Me and My Gallbladder

One Thursday evening, after a nice birthday dinner for one of my brothers, I was getting ready to go to bed when a dull pain started to develop in my diaphragm area. I thought it was just a case of heartburn so I proceeded to take a couple of Tums. An hour later the pain had not dissipated and had risen in intensity so I took a chug of the pink stuff, Pepto Bismol. When another hour had passed and I was still squirming uncomfortably I decided to try Tylenol and sure enough about four tablets later I was pain free enough to get some sleep. The occurrence did not repeat again until Sunday evening. I was wriggling around in pain for most of the night. Monday morning was rough with only a few short hours of sleep but I managed to make it through the day. After eating dinner Monday evening the pain started again and by now I was frustrated about what could be causing the issue. I decided to go to Urgent Care. The decision made I grabbed my keys and headed out the door.
Once I was in Urgent Care and my vitals were taken I felt like I was experiencing deja vu. I was led to the same room I was taken to the last time I was hospitalized. The same Urgent Care doctor walked in and told me that an ambulance was on it's way to take me to the hospital because once again my bp had skyrocketed. Great!
When I arrived at the hospital I was bombarded by questions and given blessed multiple pain meds thru an IV. The relief was heavenly. I told one of the nurses the pain is comparable to the contractions I felt when I was in labor with my children which means... IT FUCKIN' HURTS!
I was poked and prodded until they found out after an ultrasound that it was the gallstones in my gallbladder that were causing the issues and an infection had developed. Lovely! Surgery was immediately scheduled for the next day. Valentine's Day! Happy Valentine's Day to me! My gallbladder will be removed for me. No breakfast in bed, no luncheon instead, no dinner, no vino but chicken broth and jello...Happy Valentine's Day to me!!!
Although my Valentine's Day sucked it made me so happy to see my honey's face as I was wheeled out of the recovery room after the surgery.
So here I sit in my brother's and sis-in-law's guesthouse recovering nicely watching "Midsomer Murders" back to back completely gallbladder and pain free. Thank you to my family and friends who have been so supportive. Love you guys! I also have to thank the hospital staff for being so wonderful to me.
*Allene Angelica*
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