The wife still hurts, after all, it was surgery. Yesterday and today are supposedly the most painful days of recovery.
Going back to the story, we went home from the HIDA scan pretty sure that surgery was our best option, but we had a few days to wait before our appointment to talk with the surgeon.
So we did our internet reading and found out more about the gall bladder, more than we ever thought we’d need to know.
Bile. Also know as gall, hence the name gall bladder. This is the fluid that comes up last when repeated vomiting has taken place and there’s nothing else left in the stomach. Disgusting right? We are left with a negative impression of bile.
But bile is essential to our digestion, well our digestion of fats. It is created by the liver and is stored in the gall bladder. The gall bladder is also referred to as the bile-sac (why not the bile bladder, it sounds better). When the body realizes that we’ve eaten fat, a hormone, cholecystokinin, is released by the small intestine.
(cholecystokinin from Greek chole, “bile”; cysto, “sac”; kinin, “move”; hence, move the bile-sac (gallbladder)) is a peptide hormone of the gastrointestinal system responsible for stimulating the digestion of fat and protein)
This causes, or is supposed to cause, the gall bladder to contract, squeezing out the bile. This contraction, when something is abnormal in the gall bladder, causes pain, possibly a LOT of pain.
The next four days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, were spent trying to find tasty non-fat food. This is a healthier diet anyway, right? Non-fat Greek yogurt, fruit and vegetables are the best. Bread products and crackers all have fat, except for a loaf of sourdough bread that we found in the Veggie store. Very tasty and very expensive. Of course there is a certain amount of boundary pushing and testing. The wife decides to try just a little bit of cheese and crackers, resulting in sharp pains in her abdomen. Good to know there is some consistency here.
Tuesday morning at 8:30 we meet with the surgeon, Dr. C. He’s very no nonsense and tells us all signs point to the gall bladder and recommends removal. No surprise right? He’s a surgeon. But all of our research has told us the same thing. When can you do it the wife asks. Tomorrow if you want the surgeon replies. We talk it over and decide to do it… we’re going for it! Scary.
We’re scheduled for a pre-op meeting at noon to finish up paperwork and get any more questions answered, but first the wife needs to have an EKG done. We head over to the hospital and it is worked out that we can do both at the same time. The mobile EKG machine is in the office where the pre-op meeting is taking place. A tech comes in during the briefing and does the EKG, no problem. Everyone is so nice though all of this so far.
We are scheduled to come in tomorrow at 9 AM. We go home to prepare.
To be continued…