Friday, March 16, 2007

It was a gallbladder attack!

That's why I was so sick the night of the Twilight Zone episode. That whole "gas pain" thing had happened to me before. Even though it had kept me from sleeping many nights, I always thought it was just really bad gas. The attacks were so infrequent that I never figured out what might have been causing it. TZ night was so bad that I finally decided to get it checked out. I went to the doctor and was scheduled for an ultrasound yesterday morning. Unfortunately I had another attack in the middle of the night so Hubby took me to the hospital. I cried all the way there. I remember saying "I need a doula!" I almost called a couple of my doula sisters but Hubby reminded me that it was 3:30 in the morning. By the time I was finally seen, the pain had subsided and I was starting to feel a little bit silly for being in the ER. The doctor and nurse said that what I was experiencing was actually very common for gall bladder issues. The fact that the pain had gone away pretty much confirmed that it was my gall bladder. They ran a bunch of tests and I had an ultrasound. Sure enough, I have gallstones.
Now I have to figure out how I want to treat this. My conventional doctor said "Get thee to a surgeon so your gallbladder can be removed!" I really don't like the idea of removing an organ, even one that is causing this much pain. I'm waiting to hear back from my naturopathic doctor to see if he has a better solution.
Either way, I really want to figure out how I can avoid hurting as much as I have the last couple of nights.

4 comments:

Michelle said...

Between the negative energy from the OB, the confusion of the insurance/hospital issues, the barbs traded to/from the couple and their mothers, and the lack of time to build rapport with the client, your gallbladder did the job of taking you out of that bad scene! I am sorry that you are experiencing that painful issue, I hope you find a healthy resolution for it soon. Also, I am sorry I was out of town! Next time, you can call me, even if I'm on a different continent! Love ya, sister.

Doulala said...

This just means that you can never go out of town again.
Love you too!

Karen said...

Are you feeling better? Do you know what you're going to do about your gallbladder?

Doulala said...

Karen,
I am feeling better but I don't know what I'm going to do yet. I'll keep you posted.