Last week I woke up one night with back pain. It was bad enough that I got up and tried to stretch, but couldn’t find relief. I took a tylenol and eventually fell back asleep. In the morning I felt find. But then the back pain came back the next night, and the next… Finally last Friday when I was driving home around 8pm, I had a weird kind of attack. The back pain came on strong, along with chest pain, nausea, thirst, difficulty breathing… I thought maybe it was a panic attack, but there was no reason for it. I had just eaten a very buttery store-bought cookie 5 minutes before, which got me thinking. I got home and the episode got better slowly, so I spent some time searching symptoms on the internet. I was pretty sure it was my gallbladder. But it was Friday night and I had to make it through the weekend before I could get a doctors appointment. The back pain became constant, but not super strong, and I made it through the weekend. On Monday I told my doctor (whom I’ve only seen a few times – had to switch with Obamacare – yay!) I thought I was having gallbladder issues. I’m sure doctors have people come in self-diagnosing themselves all the time. I don’t feel like I was taken seriously. I was given a prescription for something that would treat a different problem (which I didn’t fill), but thankfully they did schedule an ultrasound.
I had the ultrasound this morning, and the technician seemed to like that I was interested in learning from the process and pictures. He was telling me all about what was on that screen, and then came upon two big round balls in my gallbladder. Yep – gallstones. I don’t think he was supposed to diagnose me, but it was clear. A nurse from my doctor’s office called a few hours later and said they’re sending me to general surgery and I should call the hospital tomorrow.
I’m not sure how long I have to wait for surgery. I’m supposed to be eating less fat now, as that’s what exacerbates the gallbladder and the pain I’m having. But, I’m finding I have less self-control than ever before. I think all that wonderful food in China, adjusting to having a new kiddo at home, lovely meals brought by friends, and my general need to eat when stressed has contributed to these issues. Although, I do believe the genetic component is contributing most since I am pretty healthy (not overweight and do exercise regularly – or at least I did until 2 months ago).
So, now I’m feeling like this is the beginning of the end. Like from here on my body slowly falls apart. To have an organ removed – seems pretty extreme, right? Am I going to miss my gallbladder?
And what will recovery be like? How hard is it going to be for me to care for Micah after surgery, and how hard on him will it be if I’m gone a night (probably not hard, but I like to think I’m needed, right?)
Enough about me though, I know you really just want to see this little guy. He’s really chunking up. And I’m thankful that today he had 2 good naps and went to bed well tonight. Micah is so quick to smile – other than in the car and nap time, he’s a happy little camper and brings us so much joy. I’m having a hard time getting his lip surgery scheduled and feeling the urgency to get ear tubes. He finished his round of antibiotics for his ear infection but is still tugging on his ear:(