Sunday, December 18, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Gall stone

Following my admission to hospital in October I was due to go in to have my gall bladder removed on 1st December. However because of the public sector strike over pensions on November 30th the op was put back to the 15th. Having cut out biscuits and pies and cream and stuff from my diet, I was doing OK (pigged a little on toast).

So Wednesday I had a glass of milk at 11.10pm and in the morning got a taxi to Tameside hospital for 8 am on Thursday. I answered various questions and had blood taken but then lay on a trolley watching others who had not arrived until 10.30 am go down for surgery come back and go home until 5 pm when I was eventually taken down to theatre. I woke up back in the unit about 9pm and was shown a gall stone the size of a walnut.

See it here with a penny for comparison casting a shadow on the kitchen table.

At midnight I was given some tea and toast. There were only three of us staying overnight but I had a drain in me which was uncomfortable so I rested but didn't sleep. I had more tea and toast at 4.30 am and at 6.30 am the drain was taken out and at 7.15 am I was sent home in a taxi, getting home just before it started snowing.

I discovered that a carer had give my wife her breakfast at 9.15 am on Thursday but then nobody had been at lunch time. A carer had finally turned at 7.30 pm by which time Christine was hungry and shaking (possibly having a hypo). She was given four large sandwiches! Whether she took her correct medication I can't tell for sure. I'm glad to be home but am in quite some pain as yet - have been told to take it easy for the next three or four days by which time I should be feeling better.

Our freezer and fridge are nicely stocked and a neighbour is kindly getting us some more bread and cooked meat later so we should be OK till early next week.

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  1. My gosh...what an ordeal...for you AND your wife.

    Hope things will get better and that help keeps arriving when needed.

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  2. Help! That gall stone is huge! And casts quite a determined shadow! Do hope you are feeling so much relief now!

  3. I hope that you are feeling better soon.
    A friend of mine had that operation & her Dr. just gave her Tylenol & told her to walk a lot!
    she was in pain, but walked a lot, rested, & recovered.

  4. Oh my, hope you feel better soon.

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  5. Sorry to hear your ordeal hope all is well if I dont drop by again mayI wish you both a very happy Christmas. xxx Don