Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Stones

We have too many stones at our house. We have pea gravel for a garden path at the side of our house. We have gravel for a patio and path in the backyard garden. Plus we have some large stone coming for the main patio this afternoon. I am excited about all of these stones, it means our garden is finally coming together. However, there is one more type of stone that I am not so happy about, gallstones. I have gallstones, can you believe that? First I break my ankle, I am finally getting over that (got the okay from my doctor today in fact), then yesterday I get told that the agonizing pain I have been having since Sunday night is gallstones. Guess what I get to do this afternoon? Go to a surgeon to discuss having my gallbladder taken out. Oh Yay! I talked to my friend who is a nurse yesterday and she said that I am not the typical gallstone patient, however sometimes pregnancy can bring them on. I was shocked when I found out it was something so serious, but most people live with gallstones for a long time without any symptoms. I guess when you have an "attack" is when they start to consider having the gallbladder removed.

I will keep you posted on what the surgeon says. It is an outpatient procedure and you are only away from work for a few days, but we have Cat's birthday coming up and then a camping trip the weekend after. Can this be the last medical issue we deal with for a long time? Please?

UPDATE: No surgery right now. I need to change my diet, keep it to bland and low fat for awhile. Nothing too spicy. Not fun but I would rather have that work then have surgery. Now that I have had one attack my chances of having another are higher, if that happens I will have surgery, but for now I can put it off.

8 comments:

nonlineargirl said...

Bleh, gallstones. Sorry to hear it.

chichimama said...

Glad to hear you won't need surgery. I had a friend who had one attack and has been fine ever since... hopefully it will be the same for you.

Kristen said...

I had a friend who had her gallbladder out. I hope that changing your diet helps and you can avoid the surgery!

sunshine scribe said...

Oh Heather. First the ankle and now this. So glad you won't need surgery! Bland food ... no fun ... but better than a hospital stay. Hopefully you feel well soon.

mama without instructions said...

so sucky. also glad that surgery isn't the plan for now. i hope this is the end of it and you fell better quickly!

Jenny said...

Ick! Surgery...not so fun. But then, neither is the bland, low-fat diet.

Gallbladders. Why the heck do we have them anyway?

devinemom said...

oh i am sorry to hear the news. that is no fun at all and on top of the foot... i am happy to hear that you will not need surgery. best of luck with the diet.

Janean said...

I almost think Gallbladder attacks are worse than labor! At least you know that labor will END...Each attack seems to last forever. The only good thing about them is that it feels SO good when they stop. And I never knew WHEN one was going to hit. You have my TOTAL and complete sympathy!!
Had mine out between kid #3 and kid #4. It was worth the surgery to escape it.
You're in my thoughts.