I think that it is safe to say that I have had an adventurous 3 months, beginning with the birth of my son (you can read more about that here). Recently, I was given the news no woman wants to hear three months after giving birth, in the most dramatic fashion. Three months later, I was HOSPITALIZED.
It all started after I had been having pain in my upper abdomen that also radiated through my back. The worst part was that when it happened, it was usually at the most convenient time possible, 1 IN THE MORNING! So convenient when you are taking care of a NEWBORN BABY. I was miserable! This pain could be described as worse than childbirth! Honestly, I think that having my son was less uncomfortable than rolling around on the floor in the middle of the night, praying that God would….TAKE ME NOW! Even though it continued to happen night after night, I ignored it and thought that it was just indigestion that was from pregnancy and that if I would just stop drinking soda or eat better, it would go away.
After popping antacids like candy(something I’ve never had to do before) and taking Tylenol, the pain began to remain after the sun came up. Instead of just lasting a couple of hours, it lingered and WOULD NOT GO AWAY. So, after a few weeks of major discomfort, I decided to go to the doctor and was diagnosed with…WAIT FOR IT…ACID REFLUX. I did what they told me to do and took the medication they told me to take, but nothing happened. Two days later, I was out making some final purchases for a trip that my family was going on, when I received a frantic voice mail from the doctor’s office, “Maegan, please call me back. It’s an emergency”. When I returned their call, I was told that I had elevated liver enzymes and that if I did not go in to the emergency room, I could risk liver failure. GREAT.
So, I went in to the emergency room and after drawing blood, they determined that my liver enzymes were, in fact, elevated and that I had pancreatitis and jaundice(I thought my eyes were yellow!). Anyway, they said that I would need to have gallbladder surgery, but that they first needed to resolve the infection first. But, in order to cure the infection, they would have to remove a gallstone found in the common bile duct.
Folks, I learned more about gallbladders and medical conditions related to gallbladders than I ever wanted to know. I just wanted this to go AWAY! Two days later, they went into the common bile duct and removed the stone, but needed to make sure that the infection went away, first. So, I talked the doctor into letting me go on my trip and then getting it taken out when I came back. That leads me to today. I am currently GALLBLADDER-LESS and loving it, except for the recovery part. I do not like not being able to take care of my baby boy, but I know that having this procedure will help me be able to take care of him better than I could previously. Also, I never thought I would have gallbladder removal after pregnancy, but it all happens for a reason. The first three months of his life, I have been sick and knowing that I will be well for him makes me happy!