Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Who would have thought I'd end up in the hospital...

Well, on Christmas Day I baked two pumpkin pies and a Lemon Cranberry Bundt cake. I took them to our friends house to share with them and several people they had invited for dinner. My hubby decided not to come since he was down with a cold and didn't want to spread his germs to anyone there. At around 1pm just before I started to get ready to go to their house I started to get a stomach ache. I had awakened with the same stomach ache a week before and it lasted 4 hours. I had decided to wake my hubby and have him take me to the hospital because I was hurting so badly and was getting nausea with the pain. I took a shower and by the time I was dressed the pain started to subside. Well, when it came back on Christmas Day I thought oh no! I worried that it wouldn't go away. I went to our friends' house and as I sat there with them all my pain continually got worse. I started to feel nauseous again and decided I couldn't ignore the pain any longer. I apologized and left for home. When I got home my husband said he would take me to the hospital. When we got there I explained what was wrong and they sent me for a CAT scan. It showed my gallbladder was huge so they did an ultrasound and it showed lots of stones. The doctor on duty came in and said his recommendation was for me to stay and have surgery to remove it the next morning. He also said if I didn't want to stay over that night I could come back for surgery on Monday but in his opinion I'd be back before then with another attack. I agreed to stay. They gave me a shot of morphine to relieve the pain. It lessened the pain from a 10 to an 8. I was taken to a room and settled in at around 9pm. The pain started to subside by then. I had missed my Christmas dinner and the last meal I had was breakfast but I couldn't do anything about it. I went into surgery the next morning at about 11am. I was back in my room by about 12:30pm. I was amazed at how good I felt after surgery. The next day when I was released I was feeling a little sore and yesterday I was really sore and the arm the vaccine was given in is very sore. I also came down with cold like symptoms. I don't know if that was a reaction to the vaccine or what but today I felt terrible all day. I am hoping by tomorrow I feel better and can start to take down the Christmas tree and other decorations. When the surgeon came to sign my release papers he told me I may find that I don't have heartburn anymore since the gallbladder was removed. Since he told me that I haven't taken any Prilosec or other heartburn meds and I haven't had any reflux or heartburn. I am so happy that this might have resolved my problem. Tomorrow is our wedding anniversary. I don't know if we'll go out to celebrate. Bob is feeling better now and I hope by tomorrow I do too.

8 comments:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

What a surprise for you. We just never know what will happen next. Many years ago I had my gall bladder out at Christmas too. My children were small then and I really did feel better after it was out too. I hope you are feeling better and can enjoy your anniversary. Take good care!

Susan said...

Well, first of all, Merry Christmas. And today, I wish you a very happy anniversary. I am so glad you are home again and relatively pain free. That nasty old gallbladder. I have heard of more people having that problem lately. Take care, take it easy--you are still weak. And let the new year start off well and healthy. Happy New Year.

Jeannette said...

Wishing you a fast recovery and a very happy New Year

Pam said...

Oh my goodness! I hope you get to feeling better and are able to celebrate your anniversary. I hope you have a Happy New Year.

Judi said...

OMG Kathy! What a way to spend Christmas! Ouch! I am so sorry you had to endure all of this. As a former gall-bladder sufferer, I know the exact pain and nausea you are talking about! Thank God you got rid of it! I suppose you can look at it as a Christmas gift because it got rid of the misery you've been having with the reflux and heartburn, etc! God sure does work in strange ways! But, it makes me wonder why the docs didn't catch all those stones/gallbladder condition before this....you've been dealing with all of this for so long! Yikes! Good riddance! It's all over with!
As for worrying about taking down your tree and the decorations--don't make yourself crazy! YOU JUST HAD SURGERY! Sit back and relax and enjoy the decorations! Salvage your Christmas!!! Let Bob treat you like a Princess Patient!!! Get yourself a little bell to ring when you need him, plump up some pillows, lay on the couch, put some movies on, light some candles and recharge yourself for another year!!! YOU deserve it!
Onward!
Judi

Judi said...

P.S. Happy Anniversary!

JCWillow99@gmail.com said...

How scary..so glad you are ok.
my ex boss had his out and it gave him so much pain before he was a different person afterwards.
Happy 2010!!!

Jody V said...

WOW Kathy....I had no clue! I haven't been able to keep up due to work. Sounds like work needs to take a back seat. Don't push yourself to get back! You'll be there before you know it!

Jody