Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Gall Bladder has to go

Last night I went to the ER with the most horrible stomach pains! Felt like labor-only in my stomach. Ive been having them on and off for a few weeks but last night they were awful! We were lucky Mom and Dad were here and Mom took me to the ER. After waiting forever (why if its an emergency room does no one act like there is an emergency happening!) We finally saw the Doctor who said he suspected it was my gall bladder. He finally gave me some morphine to take the pain down. We were waiting for an ultrasound and all of a sudden the pain came back full force right as the ultrasound tech came. So I had to go have an ultrasound without pain medication and shes pushing into the side and front of my stomach and I am crying, panting, and moaning just to get through it. When we got back to the room they gave me some more morphine but it didn't work and then they gave me Demerol. Long story short they released us and I need oxycodone an hour later. I woke up this morning feeling better but afraid to eat. We saw the surgeon this afternoon and he said we have to remove my gall bladder. Were doing it a week from Monday since Mom and Dad will be coming back though and can be here to help me after the surgery. The only bad part is that I'm on a no fat diet until then. Not low fat- NO Fat. That almost is a liquid diet. We found some stuff at the store for me to eat but even soup is out of the question. I guess at least I'm going to lose some weight! Who needs a gall bladder anyway!

Here is a little more info that I figured I would put on here after e-mail Karey that I thought might be helpful: I feel fine as long as I don't eat any fat. Let me tell you though...its stinks! I have the surgery on Monday the 8th. I'm not in any danger of things getting worse or anything like that as long as I stay away from fat. We are just waiting so long for the surgery because of the timing with the kids and having my parents available to watch them. I will have 4 incisions. 3 are where they scope and one will be like the size of a nickle or quarter that will be in the center of my tummy up by my ribs.I should be fine in the pain department until then and shouldn't have any pain because there is not fat to process. If I do have pain I have some heavy drugs to help me through it. The recovery for the surgery should be pretty mild. The first three days are the most important that I don't lift and take it easy so I don't pop open a blood clot or bile duct. As far as needing a gall bladder: its the storage place for bile. My body will get use to it after a few months but its does stink for the first few months as your body learns to process fat without it. Any fat will just cause really runny stool (TMI!?!?)

9 comments:

Evenson Fam said...

Oh Lis, im so sorry. that sounds horrible! Please let me know if there is anything i can do for you!

Lis said...

yipes, that seems so sudden. sorry you had to be in so much pain! if it makes you feel any better my dad had his gall bladder removed last year and he said it was a really easy recovery; in his words, "a piece a cake.":) not that surgery if ever fun. his scar is really small, like maybe only a half inch. so sorry to hear about this!

Mark said...

Brutal...sorry to hear about that. Hope everything works out OK.

SoCal Rogers said...

Wow. What a time for you to have surgery while you are buidling your house. Sorry to hear about the no fat diet. I don't think I could make it! Good luck, I know you will be fine!

Annie said...

Wow! What an experience for you! I hope everything goes well and I hope you continue feeling better. Keep us posted.

Grandma Caroline said...

It was good to be with you when you had that attack. Dad and I will be there when you have the surgery, but we will miss you at Conference. JoDe says HI.

Sara said...

Hey Lisa (thanks for the invite!) I totally know what you're talking about because I had my gallbladder taken out in March. As I was reading you description of your emergency room experience, I thought I had written it because it was exactly how I felt. Such awful pain!! This was two days before Christmas and a week before moving to UT. Totally sucked. But after that first horrible attack, I didn't have any pains until March when we decided to have it taken out before our insurance changed. If you have any questions let me know. I feel great now and have no bad side effects. i can eat all the fatty junk that I want :). It took a little over a week to recover but that was because of some complications.

Good luck! You'll feel so much better after it's all taken care of and it's so great you're parents will be there to help.

Sara said...

oh, wanted to add. I didn't have a problem with "runny stools" after the surgery. I was able to eat my regular fatty junk food pretty soon after, didn't have to wait months or anything. Although, what I should have done is use it as an excuse to healthier.

The Queen said...

Ohhh, so sorry!