I'm not dead, I just wish I was II


iconSorry for the lack of updates. I was deathly ill AGAIN this weekend. I saw my doctor last week, and she seems to think the problem can be solved by carving out an internal organ, namely my gall bladder. I have some tests this week to confirm her theory. I do hope that the solution is that simple, as the pain seems to be happening more and more frequently.

I read something today that says fatty foods seem to aggravate the condition because the body needs bile (which is dispensed by your gall bladder) to break down the fat so that your pancreas can do it's work. This is advice I could have used before the attacks this weekend.

Something else I read said that Percocet increases the enzymes that are dispensed by your pancreas. Lucky me, I just happened to have some lying around. I really hate to take medication but at this point the pain is excruciating and I just want it to pass.

UPDATE: So after spending the night in the hospital for extreme abdominal pain, it turns out that I do not have gallstones. As much fun as drinking a quart of olive oil sounds, it's not going to help cleanse anything.

Apparently I have gallbladder disease, which is when your gallbladder becomes inflamed. They definitely want to carve it out, but they want to see if I can stablize so that they can do outpatient surgery instead of emergency surgery. The outpatient route would have me going under the knife NEXT Wednesday because my damned surgeon is on holiday. So since I have no intention of keeping myself drugged up on Percocet until then, I might go back to the emergency room and tell them to just get it over with if the pain continues until tomorrow.

Either surgery would be lacroscopic (or whatever it's called) so they would go in with probes rather than slicing me clear open.

UPDATE II: My doctors don't want to do surgery just yet. Apparently I haven't suffered enough. I have an appointment with a surgeon early next week who wants to do exploratory surgery. That is, he wants to poke around in there and see what's wrong before making the decision to carve out the organ. So for right now, it's more hurry up and wait.



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Hmm...sounds like someone needs a trip to Vicodinland via the Wild Turkey Expressway! Hang in there!!

Posted by: Jack Cluth at March 27, 2005 11:16 PM

I obviously don't have a clue as to what type of gall bladder problem you have but if it is gallstone related then a "cleansing" may relieve your pain.

A google search using 'gallstone cleanse "gall bladder"' will turn up quite a few sites.

Some of these are kind of new age-ish but the basic idea sure seems plausible. I don't have any personal experience with this so if you try it and it works for you it would be interesting to hear about.

Bob

Posted by: Bob Reynolds at March 28, 2005 2:51 AM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: SayUncle at March 28, 2005 9:08 AM

A woman at the supermarket had the laproscopic thingy and wasn't going around looking for sympathy afterwards, so it can't be too bad.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at March 28, 2005 7:15 PM

Good luck, bo. I was an inch away from surgery for the same thing before my body finally healed itself. Lots of water. Lots and lots of water.

Posted by: Acidman at March 28, 2005 11:08 PM

Best wishes for a speedy and surgery-free recovery.

Posted by: Morenuancedthanyou at March 29, 2005 2:00 AM

Good luck!

Posted by: bogie at March 29, 2005 4:28 AM

All the best for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: ROBERT IN ENGLAND at March 29, 2005 6:07 AM

Good luck - I hope they find out what is wrong, and can fix it.

Posted by: MikeA at March 29, 2005 8:52 AM

Good luck and speedy recovery.

Posted by: Michael at March 29, 2005 11:57 AM

Good luck and take care of yourself !!

Posted by: Karen at March 29, 2005 3:03 PM

Get well! Heal Quick! Just Damn!

Posted by: Dax Montana at March 30, 2005 7:47 AM

I was going to say that you have some gall for not updating this site with the usual frequency. ;^)

Get better soon.

Posted by: Steve Scudder at March 30, 2005 1:59 PM

Ravenwood? Ravenwood? Are you OK?!?!?

J/k. Hope things turn out well. My dad had laproscopic gall bladder surgery a couple of years ago. He was up and around a few hours afterward.

Posted by: Kevin Baker at March 30, 2005 3:40 PM

Hang in there ! My mom had the laproscopric surgery and it went very well. As I understand it, it is very routine these days. You are correct in that avoiding fatty foods will ease your discomfort. Take care man. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: Brian at March 30, 2005 5:52 PM

cholecystitis is nothing to laugh at. having had that and stones, along with the eventual removal of the offending organ, their decision to wait until you are less inflamed is a sound one. the less inflammation in the area, the easier the removal. however, that does nothing to make you feel better in the interim. rest assured, i lived through it and i have a sneaking suspicion that you will as well. you're in my thoughts and prayers, my friend.

Posted by: Da Goddess at March 31, 2005 12:16 AM

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