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Archive for July, 2007

Being sick and back

When I started this, I was told that most blogs don’t survive their first year because the owner loses interest and abandons them.  While I will admit it’s been far too long since my last post, it hasn’t entirely been my fault.  I’ve been sick.

After five days of abdominal pain, I ended up having to go to the ER to get a bunch of tests done.  The result was that there was a big stone in my gallbladder.  Apparantely, when this happens you need to remove the entire organ; if you only remove the stone, your body will just continue to make more.  This I was told in my first meeting with my soon to be surgeon.  He was nice and patient and explained everything to me and then again to my boyfriend and parents.  Here I was told that it’s an extremely common, simple procedure, you’ll be out of the hospital the next day, that your gallbladder is nearly a vestigle organ, and that you’ll feel a lot better when it’s over.

I don’t do anything half assed, and here, it was no different.  Unfortunately, having a really big stone really messed everything up.  A simple one hour surgery took over two.  An overnight hospital stay turned into four.  A week’s recovery time has now become four.  I am having a really hard time understanding why anyone would opt for elective/cosmetic surgery anywhere when having this needed one has been agonizing.  The pain medication they gave me kept me up four four days straight and did nothing for the pain.  I thought I was going to lose my mind by then.  I was crying uncontrollably, I hadn’t slept, I hadn’t eaten (a great way to lose 10 pounds in a week, but it starts to weaken you really fast), and I thought this was never going to go away.

Fortunately, just at the point when I felt like a completely wrung out sponge we discovered that while there complications, what the problem was had more to do with the painkillers than anything.  The one thing that was supposed to make me feel better was doing this?  No way.  But being at the end of my rope with no help from the dr. as to what was happening, I thought it was worth a shot.  Sure enough, once I stopped taking those, I was able to sleep, eat a little, and I wasn’t rushing to the bathroom every 10 minutes.  A lot of people, especially relatives, have told me they’ve had the same experience sleepwise with this medication. 

Now, I’m trying to return to the normal world.  I felt like I had forgotten everything when I came back to work.  Even though this all happened over the span of a few weeks, it felt like I had been out for months.  Fortunately, I’m in a completely replaceable position, so coming back to work I had maybe a half hour of catch up work to complete.  It was the first time in a while that I was really thankful for having such a slacker job.  It’s giving me time to get all of the pieces of the rest of my life rebuilt, including catching up on my writing.  It’s nice to be back.