Thursday was the big surgery day. I got to the hospital at 6 am and was in the OR by 7:30. They put an oxygen mask on me and the next thing I know I'm waking up in recovery and it's 9:00. About an hour after I woke up they moved me out to the pre/post op area. I really was not feeling well. General anaesthesia and I do not get along. I've had it twice in the past and have been violently sick for days afterward. This time they put a patch behind my ear and gave me anti-nausea meds. Even with the patch and meds I ended up having dry heaves and the nurse gave me more anti-nausea meds. Thankfully that was the end of my nausea.
By Noon I was home and all settled on the sofa in the family room where I was in control of the TV remote. My family kept checking on me to see if I needed anything, they brought me ice chips and Star Wars Son ran to the store to get me Popsicles.
The pain meds are amazing. Most importantly they do not make me nauseous and they fully take the pain away. They do make me a little dizzy, but I can deal with that. I can't deal with throwing up.
Now I'm on the mend. I slept through the night last night, but was so stiff this morning I had to have Handy Man help me out of bed. I'm so thankful for my family, they have been so great! I don't know what I'd do without them.
On of my bloggy friends, Coffeeyogurt asked some great questions when she commented on my gallbladder post. Here are the questions and answers:
I hear gall bladder pain is horrible. What is it, exactly, with the gall bladder trouble as a result of weight loss? is the stone there all along, only making itself known when the body size shrinks? Protesting it's lack of comfy space? Or does the stone form as a result of the weight loss? Do tell!
Gall bladder disease is hereditary. Both my parents had their gall bladders removed. Being overweight is also a contributing factor in developing gallstones. According to my doctor the stone and "gunk" in my gallbladder had been building for years. He didn't explain to me how rapid weight loss can cause an attack but this is what I found at this website:
"Experts believe weight-loss dieting may cause a shift in the balance of bile salts and cholesterol in the gallbladder. The cholesterol level is increased and the amount of bile salts is decreased. Following a diet too low in fat or going for long periods without eating (skipping breakfast, for example), a common practice among dieters, may also decrease gallbladder contractions. If the gallbladder does not contract often enough to empty out the bile, gallstones may form."
Ok, my pain meds are kicking in so that's all I got for today.