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Well started the day out like usual. Got up, got dressed, went to the dinner table, wife brought me over fresh cooked eggs, bacon, toast and large glass of milk. I ate while reading GD.com and Free Republic. Went out to my service truck and something felt a little “off”. I went back inside and the pain hit me like a freight train. Sever abdominal/chest pain. Worst pain I’ve ever felt. I’ve had my eye cut open, kidney stones, fell on a tee post that went deep enough to hit a lung, had a rifle cartridge breech the case in my face, smashed my hand in a road reclaimer tiller, broken my sternum and three ribs but none of that compares to this pain.  Wife put me in the car and headed to the hospital. I broke out in a cold sweat and the pain was causing me to almost loss consciousness. We made it to the second town about 20 miles and my wife spotted a Sheriffs deputy and flagged him down. He gave us an escort up the highway until we met with an ambulance. The EMT’s  assessed me enough to know it wasn’t my heart because if it had been they would have called in the life flight. 

On the way in the ambulance they gave me a shot of Fentanyl. When we arrived at the ER they took me in and within 20 minutes I saw a doctor.  At some point they gave me another dose of Fentanyl, took blood for lab work and that Fentanyl sent me into la la land. Doctor oredered an ultrasound and I received that within 30 minutes. It was not conclusive enough so they ordered a Cat Scan and I had that done within another 45 minutes. 

Sometime after the Cat Scan the Fentanyl wore off and my pain started to come on hard. My wife told them that the Fentanyl made me delirious so they gave me Morphine. Ah now that was much better. No brain fog and no pain. 

I asked the radiologist what she could see since I knew she knows what she’s looking at. She told me that I would not be going home tonight.

Back in the room the doctor came in and told me I have an infected gallbladder full of stones and she would be doing surgery either tonight or in the morning first thing. All of that happened within 6 hours of arriving at the ER. So I got moved to a room, they have  me on an IV and are putting antibiotics through me. In 7 hours from this post I’m going in for surgery to remove my gallbladder.

I have read the horror stories on here about the ER wait and hospital care a lot of you have dealt with and let me tell you every single nurse, assistant and doctor here have been fabulous to interact with. After I finish this post I’m composing a letter to send to the administrator about just how good they have treated me and my wife. The surgeon is a woman from India and she was so personable and explained everything and every contingency there was.

I guess most people start having pain more gradually with gallbladder stones but mine has many stones and is infected. The only thing that felt unusual to me over the last few weeks has been an unusually sore back.  

So anybody else surrendered your gallbladder to science? What was your experience? They claim I might have some digestive track problems adjusting to the loss of my gallbladder.

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Mom had hers taken out years ago, no lasting issues that she's mentioned. Good for you on commending them for taking care of you. Hoping tomorrow goes well. Horror stories about wait are usually from people with minor issues that THEY think are major issues having to wait while people with serious issues, like yours today, are having their lives saved.

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I really hope everything goes well tomorrow. Let me know how far you get counting back from 10 when they put the mask over your nose. That’s the best part.

Don’t be nervous either. It’s like you turning a wrench and changing out a hydraulic pump. Just another day at the office for them.    

Good luck buddy. 👍🏽

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Hope all goes well in surgery for you. Glad they found the source of the pain for you.

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Ah man, that's it? You good man. I had mine pulled out after severely dealing with it for a year. Good riddance. Nobody needs their gall bladder. I'll piss on it if I ever see it again. Pain I wouldn't wish for an enemy if I even had one. You'll deal with some changes but yes as mentioned, another day at the office. Good luck! 

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Wow! 

First off, I hope and pray your surgeon is as good at her job as you are at yours! I'm glad you went back in the house and the pain didn't hit you while you were halfway out to nowhere!

Good luck with your surgery and make a rapid, full recovery! Tell all of the doctors and nurses there is a large group of people out on the west coast wanting to thank them for doing a great job!

Keep us posted as best you can! 

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God speed Romans9. 

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You'll be back in the muck and grime plenty soon Romans.  Ya let me know how far back from ten you get.  I'v never made eight.  LOL.  

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Glad everything worked out getting you to the doctors. Better to have that thing removed before it tear its self up on its own. 

Looking forward to your next morphine drip recovery post.

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Good luck buddy   You got this. 

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Good luck man! Sounds painful! Glad they were on top of this!

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Sounds like you're in there right now - best of luck and get well better. 

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MIL had hers removed a few years back.

Never liked the same foods after that.

Lost a bunch of weight due to no appetite.

Still doesn't eat very well.

She said something just "changed" after hers came out.

Everyone is different.

Another friend had hers out when she was younger, now she can't eat greasy foods or fast food.  Not such a bad thing. :)

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Speedy Recovery Romans!!!!!

 

hang in there!!! relax and watch some daytime TV and get well

 

:poule:

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Wow, Praying everything goes as planned for you....

Funny story......you talk about the incredible pain it causes......Woke up one morning to my mom standing in my doorway....waiting for me to wake up....she had been having that Gallbladder attack all night long.....but didn't want to wake me up to take her to the hospital...........She's find now....I don't think them taking it out ever changed a thing with her.

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Sorry for your pain.  I am sure you are in good hands.  Try a little ER humor and tap the mask and ask "Is this thing on?"  That is if you can get past the word "This."

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I'll have to agree about the pain, have broken three ribs at once, fractured a hip, and all sorts of other painful injuries but nothing had me in the fetal position in my living room floor like passing an 11mm gallstone. After studying up on the removal surgery I decided against it as I'm free, White, and 21 and not changing my diet for anyone. Or worrying about unexpectedly soiling my britches.

When I went in for open heart surgery I remember 10 and 9 well, 8 vaguely, then waking up in recovery. That mask don't play!

Get well soon Roman's, and just remember from now on when you're plowing through a big ol batch of fried catfish to have your Depends on...

Edited by aceisback

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Best of luck..... doing it Laparoscopic not an option?

I've had 6 surgeries / procedures the past few years, I've come to realize I do not like morphine.

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Good luck on the cut..

(A real man would do it himself..) :jeff:

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Good luck with surgery . Heal up fast. Dealt with mine for about a year .   It made my skin so sensitive that I could not wear a shirt of any kind . Glad I was retired . Ended up with a killer tan. Mine was a Laparoscopic surgery . As soon as I woke up , pain was gone for good. Still eat anything - no problems.

Wishing you the best

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Heal Fast!

 

Sis had it done years ago, stays away from the rare beef, only change she had to make. 

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9 hours ago, Romans9 said:

Well started the day out like usual. Got up, got dressed, went to the dinner table, wife brought me over fresh cooked eggs, bacon, toast and large glass of milk. I ate while reading GD.com and Free Republic. Went out to my service truck and something felt a little “off”. I went back inside and the pain hit me like a freight train. Sever abdominal/chest pain. Worst pain I’ve ever felt. I’ve had my eye cut open, kidney stones, fell on a tee post that went deep enough to hit a lung, had a rifle cartridge breech the case in my face, smashed my hand in a road reclaimer tiller, broken my sternum and three ribs but none of that compares to this pain.  Wife put me in the car and headed to the hospital. I broke out in a cold sweat and the pain was causing me to almost loss consciousness. We made it to the second town about 20 miles and my wife spotted a Sheriffs deputy and flagged him down. He gave us an escort up the highway until we met with an ambulance. The EMT’s  assessed me enough to know it wasn’t my heart because if it had been they would have called in the life flight. 

On the way in the ambulance they gave me a shot of Fentanyl. When we arrived at the ER they took me in and within 20 minutes I saw a doctor.  At some point they gave me another dose of Fentanyl, took blood for lab work and that Fentanyl sent me into la la land. Doctor oredered an ultrasound and I received that within 30 minutes. It was not conclusive enough so they ordered a Cat Scan and I had that done within another 45 minutes. 

Sometime after the Cat Scan the Fentanyl wore off and my pain started to come on hard. My wife told them that the Fentanyl made me delirious so they gave me Morphine. Ah now that was much better. No brain fog and no pain. 

I asked the radiologist what she could see since I knew she knows what she’s looking at. She told me that I would not be going home tonight.

Back in the room the doctor came in and told me I have an infected gallbladder full of stones and she would be doing surgery either tonight or in the morning first thing. All of that happened within 6 hours of arriving at the ER. So I got moved to a room, they have  me on an IV and are putting antibiotics through me. In 7 hours from this post I’m going in for surgery to remove my gallbladder.

I have read the horror stories on here about the ER wait and hospital care a lot of you have dealt with and let me tell you every single nurse, assistant and doctor here have been fabulous to interact with. After I finish this post I’m composing a letter to send to the administrator about just how good they have treated me and my wife. The surgeon is a woman from India and she was so personable and explained everything and every contingency there was.

I guess most people start having pain more gradually with gallbladder stones but mine has many stones and is infected. The only thing that felt unusual to me over the last few weeks has been an unusually sore back.  

So anybody else surrendered your gallbladder to science? What was your experience? They claim I might have some digestive track problems adjusting to the loss of my gallbladder.

Are you still wearing your work boots in the hospital bed? Only fairies wear the hospital style socks...... :sha:

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Get well fellow Freeper! I guess you should be in recovery about now.

My sister had hers removed but I don't know about any side effects.

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2 minutes ago, TD said:

Are you still wearing your work boots in the hospital bed? Only fairies wear the hospital style socks...... :sha:

Removed his gallbladder and dignity in one surgery............... Will be wearing crocks or Uggs from now on.

 

Heal up fast

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I've had that pain in the middle of the night. Just to the side of your heart, a little lower, felt like it was just under our rib on the right hand side. Yes, also feels like the orst mid-back pain you ever felt.

I was told it was GERD, now I take rx meds and hope to get to a point for over the counter zantac or something less.

 

It was so bad I had GERD cough and mucus since Christmas, thought it was walking pneumonia it was so bad (Coughing fits).

 

Sounds like they found your problem, it bet it hurt 10x worse then mine. Get better soon Johnny, heal up and prayers for a simple procedure and full recovery.

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