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Lise2010-12-12 23:23:14 +0000 #1
Hi, TE'ers--

I'm scheduled to have my gallbladder removed 11/2. I've known I had gallstones for about 5 years, but hadn't had a bad attack since the first one in 2001. Then this year it picked up--three very painful attacks between Feb and August. The second one convinced me, and I went to see the surgeon.

I had the worst gallbladder attack yet on Monday. I was at the hospital, finishing a 24 hr shift when it happened. My friend/colleague/boss Sandie had just arrived to take over for me and found me in a lot of pain, then I began throwing up, so she helped me to the ER.

They gave me morphine (a wonderful drug) three times, and some anti-nausea meds. I got admitted to the hospital for observation and more drugs if I needed them. I was doing fine by the next day, and they sent me home. I had another attack last night, but was able to manage it here with the meds they gave me. I've talked with the surgeon, who does not feel it's dangerous to wait for the surgery. However, he did say, "You can't go on having attacks every night, Lise." I agree with him there.

My surgery is scheduled for Nov 2. If I have another attack before then, I will just bite the bullet and have the surgery sooner. I'm trying to hold out; I have plans to go to Florida this weekend to see my dear friend, who had a stillborn baby earlier this month. I also don't want the other midwives to have to cover for me for ten days, when I already have the time off in November.

So, here's the question: If you've had your gallbladder removed, what pearls of wisdom would you give me for before or after the surgery? I'm grateful for any tips! I'm heading to Florida tomorrow morning, but will get back online Sun night at the latest.

Thanks, TE!

crazycanuck2010-12-12 23:25:38 +0000 #2
(((((Lise)))))..I have no words of wisdom to offer

except take care of yourself

Please have J give you lots of hugs.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend's loss

take care

Lise2010-12-12 23:53:44 +0000 #3

Originally Posted by crazycanuck

(((((Lise)))))..I have no words of wisdom to offer

except take care of yourself

Please have J give you lots of hugs.

I'm sorry to hear about your friend's loss

take care


Thanks, CC--John was wonderful, as you might expect. Sandie called him, and he arrived quickly. Stayed calmly and lovingly by my side until they got me settled into a room and gave me one more hit of morphine. His presence is so calming and theraputic for me. I'll miss him this weekend. Thanks for your loving thoughts. L.
LBTC2010-12-13 00:05:09 +0000 #4
{{{{{{{{{Lise}}}}}}}} Visualize butterflies. Gentle blue and green ones, for healing and calm.

The docs didn't want to take my GB out, because there were no stones, even though it was badly inflamed and causing a good amount of pain. My naturopathic program, acupuncture and integrated massage have gotten me to almost well in the last few months. I wish you could try these same treatments before surgery....but if you can't, I have lots of extra butterflies poised and ready to be there from now until and through your Nov 2 surgery and beyond so you feel well until then, your surgery is flawless, and your recovery is swift and complete.

Many hugs and even more butterflies,

Pax2010-12-13 00:26:14 +0000 #5
Hey Lise, had mine out a few years ago, simplest surgery I've ever had (of 9 total). I felt better immediately and was just tired for a few days.

Learn to watch what you eat until you see how your body'll help with potentially embarrassing situations. Examples: cheese and eggs now give me the runs, meat plugs me up, and EVERYTHING gives me gas.
Lise2010-12-13 01:34:20 +0000 #6
Thanks, T and Queen! I think I will go see an accupuncturist before surgery. I see a woman who does energy work/healing as well as talk therapy--I'm sure she can make some good suggestions.

About the food--the surgeon told me that my GB is so full of stones and sludge that it's likely that it doesn't contribute much to my digestion anyway. It will be interesting to see what changes, post-op. It will be a relief to not worry about when the next attack is coming.
maillotpois2010-12-13 02:00:10 +0000 #7
I don't have any experience but from what you've described, it sounds like you are going to have such relief when it is done. You've really been suffering. I can imagine it will be great to get it out!!
silver2010-12-13 00:53:09 +0000 #8
I haven't had mine but my mother did. She was supposed to have the easy scope surgery, but it didn't work and they had to open her up. So do keep in mind that this is a possibility and discuss it with the doctor. It did require a much longer hospital stay. She recovered fine, it just wasn't what she was expecting.



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