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My Stupid Gallbladder and I

Monday, July 08, 2013

Picture this...

You're with the one you love most in the world and at one of your favorite places on Earth, Disneyland, when suddenly the most intense pain you've ever experienced takes over your body. Immediately, you know what it is and you brace for a few bad minutes, except that this time, it doesn't let up, it actually intensifies. Each second is filled with pain, so much so that you're blinded by it. The one you love most rubs your back, cooing comforting words in your ear, worry plastered on their face. You want to scream in pain, but you're in public. You're in friggin' Disneyland for crying out loud! You're doubled over, unable to move from the seat you find near the Jolly Holiday Bakery.

YOU MUST GET HOME, but you're over an hour away. The pain subsides enough to let you get up and walk through crowds, pushing small children out of the way. The one you love most is trying to catch up to you, but your only thought is to get to the car and get home. You barely remember exiting the park, waiting for the tram, getting on the tram and going up the escalator to get to your car, but somehow you get there.

An hour later, you choose to go to the emergency room because the pain has intensified. You've now been in constant pain for around 1 hour and 30 minutes. You somehow manage to sign in, wait for the doc, go through all of their preliminary tests and get in a hospital bed. Time goes by, the wonderful staff give you morphine and all of your problems go away. Your body relaxes and the pain is nothing but an awful memory, something you wouldn't even wish on your worst enemy. It's now 2am, you've been given medication to take home and am instructed to call the surgery department as soon as you can. All the while, the attending doctor tells you that you need to lose weight and go on a diet. You look at her, want to slap her and remember that you need to keep a "before" picture in your dang wallet. You forgive her though, because she DID give you morphine.

100lbs is nothing to the medical field, never good enough, nothing is EVER good enough. They see you're overweight and bam! that's the issue. They rarely look past it and it is beyond frustrating. Is your eye hurting? It's your weight. Is your left big toe bleeding? It's your weight. Is the freckle on your face starting to look funny? Guess what, IT'S YOUR WEIGHT. Get my point?

You've been given two days off of work which you will not be paid for, and all you can do is rest because your body is beyond exhausted. You drop off the one you love most at the bus depot 4 hours later, sob because you're going to miss them and head on home.

SparkBuddies, this was me and my experience with a gallstone being passed. I was diagnosed with it a couple of years ago, but my doctor at the time didn't seem too concerned although I was in the emergency room the last time a gallstone was being passed. It was horrendous, and there are no words to describe that level of pain. You can do nothing but focus on it and curl up into a ball. I now have to meet with a surgeon tomorrow afternoon to discuss a possible operation to remove my gallbladder. Since I'm young, they want to get it out so that down the line I won't have to go through the pain again. I'm all for it, remove the dang thing. I'd rather have it done now, while I have insurance then before I move to FL where I'll be starting completely over. I'm fearful of course, but I want to be healthy and I guess right now, I'm everything but. So dang frustrating.

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    Gallstones hurt more than labor does. I had my gallbladder removed laproscopically shortly after The Girl was born, by the guy who developed the procedure. But for the fact that I was nursing and she was lying across my belly, I would have been back to full duty in a week instead of two. I'll bet that the procedures have improved in the last 22 years!
    1713 days ago
    This may sound more than a little crazy after
    what you have been through, but send your
    gallbladder some loving thoughts. After all
    it is not really it's fault that your body created
    gallstones. It was just trying to do its thing.

    You are a beautiful person and you have
    a beautiful body that supports you in so many ways.
    It is common to have a gallbladder crisis after losing
    a lot of weight. What ever you decide to do, I hope
    you are feeling well and back to normal soon.

    1713 days ago
    "Unbelievable," indeed... I'm so sorry you went through this terrible ordeal - and the agony that went with it - MissB. What a terrible contrast and fall, going from a joyful time with your loved one at Disneyland to absolute agony in the hospital! Ranting at a patient with intense pain from gallbladder trouble is akin to yelling at someone with kidney stones for not drinking enough water...


    Yes, it is infuriating! Here you've already LOST an enormous amount of weight, and when a person does that, the cholesterol released can aid in the FORMATION of the stones - duhhh, Doc! So shrug off what the mindless attending said and make the necessary plan for surgery, if so indicated by a surgical consult... I have heard cholecystitis (inflamed gallbladder) creates some of the world's very worst pain. People I know who've had it are at a loss to describe it, they say.

    Try to set your sights on being with your loved one and family in Florida, too. If you mentally focus on that happy point in the future, it'll help you weather the present with so much more ease. My heart goes out to you, and here's wishing an end to that terrible pain. Susan
    1714 days ago
    It was quite a scary experience but I was so happy to be there with u when u needed me, baby. Go to that consult and get urself taken care of so come the beginning of next yr, u can move here with ur family :) We love u and miss u!
    1714 days ago
  • BINGO24
    Miss B, this post brought tears to my eyes. Life sucks sometimes. I am sorry it happened to you this weekend of all times. My heart goes out to you.

    (((gentle healing hugs))) emoticon Nancy
    1714 days ago
    Letting you pass gallstones is NOT the current standard of care. Why aren't they suggesting that you get the gallbladder removed?
    1714 days ago
    I am so sorry you are pain, hope you feel better soon. Sorry you had to deal with medical personnel who their only response was loose weight when you have already worked so hard to loose 100 pounds.
    1714 days ago
    Sorry to hear this news, it sounds like quite the ordeal and the emergency room doctor's focus on your weight doesn't seem like it helped much. Best of luck managing this in the future and with any operation you may elect to have.
    1714 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Oh no! So sorry you are in pain! Hope you start to feeling better soon!! emoticon
    1714 days ago
    You're a seriously tough woman! I'm glad you're feeling better and are taking the necessary steps to ensure that you're pain-free in the future!
    1714 days ago
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