This week has been one of the strangest yet. Saturday night my husband and I went to a formal event, complete with filet mignon, open bar, and a big dance floor. I was in a gown, and he wore his tux as we danced and laughed and had a fabulous evening.
Sunday morning I had a stomach ache, but I was up and around. Sunday night I woke around midnight with intense pain in my back and chest. I was short of breath and nothing was making it better. I woke my husband around 1, and he took me to the emergency room.
After the EKG and blood work, they did an x-ray and an ultra sound. Then the doctor pushed on my gallbladder and I went though the roof. It hurt so bad, I saw stars. Apparently my gallbladder was so full of stones, that it was enlarged and stones were even backed up in my liver duct. I needed antibiotics and I had to have surgery that day. Really?
The doctor informed me that I would have the gallbladder removed, and then the next day, I would have a procedure to clean out my liver. I ended up not having to have the liver procedure, because the doctor from the first surgery was able to clean it up himself. Praise the Lord.
Now I’m home, resting and recovering.
I’m still in shock. I never had any issues with my gallbladder before. I honestly thought I had heartburn, or gas. My husband thought I was having a heart attack. I certainly didn’t plan on having surgery this week. It really reminded me just how fragile life is, and how things can change in an instant.
I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and concern. I know I have friends, but I have never had so many people offer prayers, food, company, or rides. I’ve gotten cards, flowers and wonderful meals. I know that I received a miracle, having to skip the liver procedure, and getting the medical care that I did. On top of that, I literally felt the prayers of my friends, and that filled me with the peace that passes understanding. (Phil 4:6-7)
As much as an emergency surgery was not in my plans this week, it was in God’s, and he took excellent care of me, through the doctors, my family and my friends.
An unexpected added bonus has been watching my husband trying to take care of my responsibilities, as well as his… Today he even told me he thought that I’m really super woman… That alone, was worth all of it.
Now I am trying to figure out how to eat without having issues. I’ve read all kinds of things! I know I need to avoid fatty foods – anything with more than 3 grams of fat, should not go in my mouth. Fried and spicy foods are also on the no no list. With so many people who have had their gallbladders removed, you would think there would be an easy go-to place for diet. Everything I found seemed to be all over the board, and even contradicting.
If you have had a similar experience, let me know! I would really appreciate hearing how your eating habits have changed, and how long it took to get back to normal…