The Gall of it All

Posted by Katrina Roets at 10:33 PM

Friday, December 7, 2012

It's been a few weeks since I posted here but in reality it seems like just a few days has gone by. Just before Thanksgiving, I was crazy busy trying to get the house ready for company and just general life type things. Thanksgiving came and went, but on the Saturday night following, I started not feeling so well.

I felt way overstuffed from a dinner that I didn't even finish. That should have been the first warning sign. Around 11pm, what has become a semi-familiar band of tightness formed around my midsection, at the base of my ribs. That was followed by the awful stabbing pain through the sternum and into the back. When it hadn't let up and was possibly getting worse by 4pm the next day, Justin convinced me to go to the emergency room. Imagine their shock when they found out that I'd drove myself! I guess that doesn't happen all that often.

Long'ish story short? Two days ago, I had surgery to remove my gallbladder. I had one large gallstone (about the size of a nickel) up in the top of my gallbladder and my gallbladder was badly inflamed. The doctor said I've probably been having problems with it for years,even though the symptoms didn't start popping up until last Spring sometime. It turns out that when you have a high pain tolerance, you don't notice the pain but it would explain the times when I just felt rundown and not well.

So, for the next couple of days, I'm confined on and off to my couch while I recover. The boys have kindly agreed that we don't need to decorate for the holidays this year. Luckily, I felt well enough to get 90% of the presents wrapped prior to the surgery. It's a good thing because I'm not allowed to lift anything more than 10 pounds for the next 3 weeks! Thank goodness for good kids who are willing to help out where they can!

Other than that, life is carrying on the best way that it knows how..one day at a time. With any luck, my energy will pick back up and y'all will be seeing more of me here again soon!
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