Checking In

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!

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8 Responses to Checking In

  1. Kathy says:

    Oh my, Heather, what a journey … bless you! Hope you are feeling like yourself before you know it, but in the meantime, take care of yourself and let others take care of everything else! Sounds like you’ve got that down though, not that you have much choice, huh? Hang in there! :)

  2. Susan says:

    Hey Sweet girl, sorry to hear you have had such a bad week. Rest and feel better soon.
    Praying for a quick recovery.

  3. Andrea says:

    Oh, Heather!! :( I feel so bad for you. I wish I was in Dallas – I’d come over and do chores and cook you food! It sounds like everyone is taking good care of you and I’m sending thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.

  4. Paige says:

    Oh dear, so sorry to hear of all the complications. Wishing you a very speedy recovery!

  5. Tammy says:

    Oh gosh Heather, pancreatitis is the worst pain. Hope you have great drugs and will start to feel better soon. Sounds like you have amazing help !! Glad you are home.

  6. Rhett says:

    Heather – glad to hear you’re doing better! You and the whole family have been in my thoughts and prayers this week. I can totally relate to that hospital/doctor lingo. I’m pretty sure “you can go home soon” is code for “we really want to keep you around for 2-3 more days”. Wish we could be around to help and hope your recovery goes smoothly!

  7. lisa says:

    Ugh! Thinking of you – that sounds really miserable, not like your body hadn’t JUST handled something traumatic too. Hope you feel better soon!

  8. gammypie says:

    Wow! You’ve been through quite a lot….awful. I hope you make a speedy recovery.

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