You may have noticed I haven't been around lately and it's because I haven't been feeling up to par lately. Heck, I've hardly even taken a picture! Well, my absence is due to some medical problems, one of which was my gallbladder was found to have a very large gallstone in it. It hadn't been really bothering me, but to hear the doctor, I should have been in all sorts of pain. Come to find out, I had a very sick gallbladder. It was enlarged, full of nasty infection and a golf ball size stone!
It all started with another problem I noticed was causing me some pain, after a few tests, one of which was a CT scan, they found that I have a epigastric hernia (above the belly-button), but at the same time they found a large gallstone. When I saw a surgeon about getting the hernia fixed, once he had looked at the images, he said he was more concerned about the gallstone then he was the hernia.
So, last week I was scheduled for outpatient surgery, hopefully to remove the gallbladder and repair the hernia. I was hoping I could get a two-for-one surgery. But I was warned that if the gallbladder seemed infected that he wasn't going to proceed with the hernia repair because He didn't want to make additional holes in me exposing me to possible infection or rejection of the mesh they use to repair the hernia. All this made sense to me, but I still was holding out hope that it could be done together to eliminate a second surgery.
The procedure for removing a gallbladder via laproscopic surgery has in recent years become the standard, and that's what I was scheduled for. However, I was warned that if he got in there and looked at the gallbladder and found it seemed too infected, or dangerous to remove that way I would need an "open surgery". Which of course means, a large gash in my belly and a much longer recovery time. Thankfully that didn't happen, he was able to remove the diseased gallbladder via 7 holes in my abdomen.
Today, I'm recovering from having a concentrated attack on my stomach, with all sorts of interesting tools used to blow up the cavity to locate and remove the gallbladder. It's pretty sore, but at least I've had something that was festering inside me removed. I still have to go back and have the hernia repaired, but the surgeon assures us that it won't be nearly as involved. I'm not so sure about that, but it'll have to be done, so I'll try to make the best of it.
These photographs are a feature called Weekend-Exposure, a feature of Newsvine Photographers.