Monday, January 5, 2009

Gall Bladder Update

Had my appointment with the surgeon today. Gall bladder must come out. It will be a laproscopic procedure with four small incisions lasting all of 45 minutes, though it requires general anasthesia so I will be knocked out for the duration. Recovery time will be a week or two, and I'll be on pain killers for at least 3-5 days. SOOO that means I'll have to pump and dump. Very sad, pouring Jacob's precious liquid gold down the drain! That also means lots of pumping beforehand in preparation. Too bad it takes maybe two pumping sessions to get a full bottle. Don't ask me how that works.

Or doesn't work.

Oh, and did I mention that Jacob will no longer take a bottle? Yup, not a one. It's been well over a month (maybe two) since I had the need to give him one. When I tried again just before Christmas, he was like, "What in the world? Get that thing out of my mouth!" Much gagging and hacking ensued. That night was also the last night he ever took a pacifier. Seems like I'm all he wants! Which is a little flattering, but will have to change before I go under the knife. I guess when he gets hungry enough and desperate enough, he'll take a bottle again.

So anyway, the surgeon's office will call me in a few days to schedule the appointment and tell me what I have to do to get ready (for instance, eat a low-fat diet from now until then - haha - and get bloodwork done to verify that my liver is functioning properly). Sounds like my mom and Ryan's mom will come up for a little while afterwards to help take care of the kids while I recouperate, though I'm not really expecting it to be that bad. Can't be as bad as after giving birth. It's not like I'm pushing out a baby.

Just a gall bladder ;)


Anonymous said...

Well, now you know for sure the gall bladder must come out. Don't underestimate the recovery time after the surgery. If I can help in anyway, let me know. What a cute little story about Jacob not wanting a bottle or pacifier. He only wants his Mama. That sweet little munchkin. Ade, Tante Ilse

Anonymous said...

What kinds of bottles have you tried? Hayden always prefered the ones with with two nipples (I can't remember the name off the top of my head, but I could get back to you on that) because it made him suck just as hard as when he was on the breast but didn't overwhelm him with liquid. Maybe that would help?
Serious about that recovery time! Relax and enjoy the help people are offering. There's no need to put yourself in more pain. Adam and I can help out too, if you guys need a quiet night or a weekend afternoon to nap without the kiddos! :)

Anonymous said...

Hey I just thought I'd take a peek at your blog and see how you were doing. I skimmed through a lot of it. Now I know what those hooter hider covers look like - they look cool! And... Dr. Sears was around here? I had no idea!

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Anonymous said...

The laproscopic does do really well. You should have 3 or 4 very small incisions. Being thin, it should be pretty easy for the dr.

Sorry about Jacob. Joshua is not doing well with bottles now either. Try different ones to see if he will take another kind. Good luck!