I have to get my Gallbladder OUT! But not until I had 2 different Emergency room visits, 2 days admitted to one hospital, 1 visit to my regular family doctor and 2 visits to a Gastrointestinal/Gallbladder specialist.
So it started after midnight February 2nd. Woke up about 1 a.m. with the worst pain, bloating and feeling like I would throw up.. I must have ran to the bathroom at least 15 times before, I did throw up once, but very little food, the rest was stomach acid and bile (yuk!). The pain was so bad I could barely move and it scared me because I could barely get my breath, the bloating was so bad.. I felt like I was going to faint, I felt really sweaty and that’s when I called our health advice line and let them know about my heart stints and they felt I needed to get to the emergency room quick. The lady called for an ambulance to get me to Saint Agnes Hospital, where I had my heart surgery. I had to leave my girls alone.. but they called Martin, who then came home to get them and get to the hospital..
I’m not going to go into the horrible details of my emergency room visit because it’s so awful, needless to say I didn’t get a room until about 9 the same night. They did have me go in for a CT scan. No die, just the Scan. Which was their first mistake. So of course, they didn’t see that I have Gallstones, you idiots! But how was I to know.. Anyways, they admitted me and told me I had a Gastrointestinal Infection that they are giving me antibiotics and that I should be able to go home the next day, but apparently my white blood count was way too high, so they wanted me to stay one more day.. The next day my white blood count was better, so I left by 2 p.m. The paperwork said I had abdominal pain. And they sent me home with a prescription for indigestion, gas pain, etc.. Ok.. well, whatever..
So by 3 hours of being home.. guess what, the exact same pain, bloating, vomitting.. I held on until the evening the next day when my oldest daughter rushed me to the local hospital about 6 p.m. They did a CT Scan with some kind of fluid that highlights stuff in your body AND an ultrasound. The other hospital did not do any of that, just a plain CT scan. So of course the doctor comes in and says you have an inflamed Gallbladder and recommends it come out AND I have a UTI Infection. The ultrasound shows Gallstones and the CT scan showed stuff which he referred to as sluge. I was home by 2 a.m. That was the fastest ER visit ever WITH Antibiotics for the inflamation and infection.
Saw my family doctor the very next day and he sent me to a specialist in Fresno. Saw the specialist a few days later and he had to consult with my Heart doctor to make sure it’s ok to do the surgery because of the blood thinners I’m on. A week later another appointment with the specialist and they suggest I wait until April for surgery because that’s a year on the blood thinners, then I go off after a year. So April is one year on the blood thinners. So my surgery is scheduled for April 17th.
I’m still feeling yukky, I haven’t eaten much because I’m afraid to eat anything, I don’t want to throw up anymore. And I’m always medicated for pain, so I can’t really drive. The doctor said I can slowly take myself off the medication to see how I’m feeling and to start eating different GOOD foods, very little fat, no fried foods, no eating out, lean meat, veggies, etc. I’ve lost 10 pounds already. I can keep down a plain turkey sandwich and oatmeal and jello. I’ll try different foods later.. I still feel yukky!