Hey guys! Just thought I would check in and give you and update on what’s been going on around here. As Brian posted, I had my gallbladder removed on Monday and expected to be home and recovering that night.
Well. One of the stones had passed into a bile duct which meant another “procedure” Tuesday morning. That one was weird- they knocked me out while positioning me on my side (paaaainful) and went down the throat to get the stone. I woke up feeling HORRIBLE. Apparently the surgeon really had to “dig around” to get the stone, which irritated my pancreas and led to a raging case of pancreatitis. This shit makes a c-section feel like a cakewalk. Anyway, because of the pancreatitis, I could barely stand to move/walk, it was impossible to get comfortable due to stomach pain, and my enzyme levels were way up. Oh, and I was only on clear liquids from midnight Sunday through Thursday afternoon. So they kept me Tuesday night. And Wednesday night. In the meantime I was pumping like crazy at the hospital to keep my supply up for Isla (most had to be dumped due to meds), and I had only pumped enough for the one day I expected to be in the hospital. So my mom and Brian had to start mixing my pumped milk with formula for her at home.
Yesterday my enzyme levels were back down but I was running a fever and my white blood cell count was high so they debated keeping me ANOTHER day. Thank the Lord they changed their mind and sent me home.
Now I’m home, in bed. It was amazing to finally get to see my babies- visitors under 14 weren’t allowed in the hospital. I still feel beyond miserable. It’s amazing how the doctors swore I’d be “feeling like myself” within a couple of days because that has SO not been the case. Just walking 5 steps from the bed to the bathroom is really painful.
I guess at some point I’ll be happy that I had the surgery. The gallstone attacks were pretty excruciating, but right now I feel so awful that it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thankfully my parents and Brian have stepped up BIG TIME. They’ve completely handled everything with the kids- feeding, naps, getting to & from school. I don’t know what I would do without them. And sweet friends have brought meals and flowers, which I really, really appreciate.
So there’s my update. Sorry to be such a Debbie Downer but I’m hoping and praying that I’ll be much improved after the weekend!