If you've been following my sporadic posts, you'll know that I've been experiencing heartburn on a constant basis and it's progressed to the point of vomiting. I've had intense pain in the upper back and a whole lot of gas so I've been having some major dinosaur burps (ones that seem to come directly from the diaphragm).
We didn't have enough money to pay for MSP (yes, I'm Canadian) but I couldn't take it anymore and my MSP kicked in March from my new job so I finally got to have an ultrasound to find out what it was on the 24th of March and the results went to the doctors last night (26th)... the doctor told me I had multiple small gallstones and that was what was causing the heartburn, gas, backpain and vomiting!
It's going to be a huge change in diet because all I've been doing lately is eating bad stuff but I feel that God is finally giving me that big kick in the butt to get healthy and to stop being so lazy and careless about the gift of health He's bestowed on me.
On another semi-related topic, I finally broke down and bought unpasteurized apple cider vinegar to see if the hype for heartburn relief is true... and it works! It took about an hour and a half for it to really get through and it did get a little worse before it got better, but it gave me some relief! So I now have a giant bottle of ACV next to my desk at work the next time I have an attack at work.
Praise be to God for good news!
So after months of increasing pain (intensity, time and occurrence) as well as increasing intensity of nausea and vomiting, I finally checked myself into the emergency room this Friday to get my gallbladder removed by my surgeon, who was working on call that weekend. After throwing up my snacks Friday night in the emergency room, I ended up throwing up some bile and immediately felt better. I was hesitant to check myself in but my husband was insistent that something had to be done sooner rather than later as my scheduled surgery date is not until August 1st. They took some blood, put me on an IV for a few hours since I was dehydrated and asked me to come back the next day for an ultrasound. I got a call early in the morning to come in and luckily, had prepared all the stuff I needed for a longer stay as I had a feeling I wouldn't be going home. Sure enough, right after the ultrasound, I was led right back into emergency and they checked me in right away. This was Saturday morning.
I was told that I would be getting surgery done that weekend but wouldn't know when as it would depend on the availability of the emergency room and the anaesthesiologist. Sunday morning rolls around and still no word... but I had been told that surgery would be done that weekend so I wasn't really too concerned. I was notified that I would be rolling into surgery at around 10am that day about an hour before I had to actually go in so I could get prepped. The nurses at the hospital were pretty awesome.
Surgery was pretty quick, I was in at around 10 and out of recovery by 1. Felt groggy, dizzy and sore right after but I was able to get morphine to dull the pain. I was in for another day and at that point, didn't matter how much pain I was in, I was ready to go home. I felt gross, needed a shower and was really sick of just having IV and Jello for food. I was discharged around 4 on Monday with instructions on how to care for the stitches (more like tape!) and how I should gently wean myself back on food.
I was soo hungry the last two days - my mom came and stayed with me while DH went back to work but the doctor recommended that I keep on a clear liquid diet a few more days, and slowly introduce food back into my diet. I finally had my first taste of real food today but probably overdid it and now am feeling the effects. :(
They did find gallstones stuck in my bile duct, which is why I was having so much pain (biliary colic, I found out) and took some out but there are still some left so I will need to get them out through a procedure called ERCP and then that should be the end of it!
Praise God that I didn't have to wait until August to get surgery as we had planned on going camping and I optimistically thought I would be able to do it shortly after surgery. Hindsight - I wouldn't have been able to enjoy camping as much had I had the surgery then. If I wasn't so stubborn, I would have done this sooner but it actually all ended up working out as my surgeon was one weekend I didn't have anything to do, I could take the week off from work as we just finished one of our projects that was due on the Friday I went to the hospital and Vic and my mom were able to take some time off work (or in my mom's case, didn't have work so could come by and help out).
God works in mysterious ways and this is definitely a nudge to head towards a healthier lifestyle!