Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Surgery

So today after I went shopping for three hours for work (the grocery store was surprisingly NOT packed, thank Bob!), and spent another hour putting things away and getting ready to be out of the office for 2 days, I came home to find my husband sleeping. We had to leave for his ultrasound appointment; he'd been having bad stomach pains. Apparently he hadn't slept well last night (a common occurance) and got up and fed the cat and then ended up taking a nap for three hours!

At the ultrasound, the tech asked if he was feeling any pain in a specific spot, so I knew that there was something wrong and that she'd found it. I couldn't tell what she was pressing on, but I knew it was somewhere near the kidney since that's where she worked next.

We came home and chilled for a while and then Robin turned on his cell phone to make a phone call. He had a voicemail from his PCP (primary care physician) asking him to call her because the results from the ultrasound were in. Woah. Well then we definitely knew something was up.

It turns out that his gallbladder needs to be removed! Eep. I'm hoping that they had do the less invasive surgery, but looking it up, I think he might have to have the more intense surgery. That means longer recovery time. Neither of us gets sick/vacation time and this is the busiest time of year for both of us at work and personally. So we don't know what is going to happen. They're scheduling him for the next available appointment, so it's pretty important. I'm so greatful we have insurance, otherwise we just couldn't do it. I don't know how we're going to afford his time off from work; we're just recovering from him being out of work for several months while looking or a job after we moved here. I'm nervous, but glad that something is going to happen to make him feel better.

5 comments:

Michelle said...

I feel for him with the gallbladder pain! I've got gallstones and had a flare up when I was pregnant last year (right around Thanksgiving time, too.) It was horrible. I've had a kidney stone and 3 home births, and the gallbladder pain was definitely worse than all of the other 4 put together! As a matter of fact, I'd take labor over it any day! We don't have insurance, so I've just cut out as much fat as I could from my diet and watch what I eat. I figure, I'll be healthier for it at least. Good luck!

aimeewrites said...

Eep!!! Good luck to you both - him for surgery, and both of you for recovery time.

Heather Wardell said...

Ack! I'm glad they've figured out what's going on, at least. You're resourceful, I can tell... you'll figure out how to make it through his recovery period!

Jennifer said...

Oh my gosh! I wish him the best of luck...

JayJay said...

Yikes! I hope everything turns out Ok.