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All day Saturday when I was in hospital with by Brother in law I was feeling pretty awful. Actually, very sick. I sucked it up, got on with it and pushed it aside. But there was in undeniable ache in my stomach and the top right hand side of my abdomen. Of course while I was sitting around I googled “upper right quadrant stomach pain” because I was in a hospital and words like “quadrant” came naturally to me. Mum and I diagnosed me with fall bladder issues which have symptoms similar to heartburn & indigestion. I planned to see my GP Monday morning. Sunday afternoon I had showered, done my makeup and was just getting ready to catch up with some friends when I was literally floored with pain. Similar to the attacks ive had for the past 6 months or so, but about a gazillion times worse. Which was saying something. Rob was about to call the ambulance, but of course I thought I could drive myself…he convinced me to let HIM drive, so he did. After I was triaged the nurse said to me “darl, you’ve got gallstones. Sounds like you just passed one.” I could have cried with relief. FINALLY. An answer. I have been asking my GP this for MONTHS. the Dr confirmed this, gave me some morphine, and admitted me to the Private Hospital next door. IV antibiotics, drip, and an ultrasound ordered. Surgery is tomorrow, that sucker will be GONE. And hopefully, I will be pain free. I cannot wait. No having to give up bread. I CAN have pizza in New York. I will be fine. It’s a good result even though it means surgery and recovery. Even though our plans for a holiday in Melbourne thus Sunday will be cancelled. And no Blogopolis for me either. It’s a good result right? So, tomorrow at about 1pm send mr some good vibes. I’ve never had an op before, never been under, and I’ll admit, I’m quite scared! Pizza and New York in less than a month are the light at the end of my tunnel.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15026987107815016616 4 kids, 20 suitcases and a beagle

    Here’s to pizza in NY! Will be thinking of you tomorrow xx

  • Lorraine

    Take care Beth – will be thinking of you tomorrow. Will shout you the biggest slice of pizza we can find in NYC!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09496111373121294660 Carmel’s Closet

    Oh Beth – sending get well thoughts your way! Carmel
    x

  • http://www.treadinggingerly.wordpress.com/ Toni

    I really hope you recover well from the op, I had my Gall ladder out when I was 26, and had a 9 month old baby. It may have been keyhole surgery, but it is still major surgery. You will be out of action for quite a few weeks and very sore. Just remember to take it easy and don’t do anything strenuous. I was out of action for 6 weeks after mine. I had to stop breastfeeding as I just couldn’t sit or lie comfortably while trying to feed. So remember, rest up and don’t do anything at all for at least 2 weeks so you have the best chance of recovery :)

  • http://flyingdrunkenmonkey.pip.verisignlabs.com/ The Flying Drunken Monkey

    Wishing you the best of luck Beth! Glad you finally have an answer and a solution :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17428403547798565896 Dorothy Krajewski

    Love getting an answer, even if it means surgery and a slight change of plans. Imagine if you had found out in a few weeks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16423155273754490984 Something Gorgeous

    Good luck Beth hope the op goes well and you can put this whole thing behind you. Sorry I won’t get to meet you on Saturday, but there is always next year! Cheers xxT

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15645948528323433452 Averil

    Sending good wishes your way for tomorrow- you’ll be fine, the waiting for surgery really is the worst part! Bet you’re glad it’s all happening now & you’re missing out on Melbourne instead of New York! I had an op about 3 months ago, and while recovery sucked I was so glad it was over & done with so I didn’t have to worry about anymore!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06161791158132670303 Nat – Muddy Farmwife

    Sending Get Well Wishes Beth and Fingers Crossed for a smooth Op and recovery!
    Hubby had his Gallbladder out when my second baby was 6 weeks old, key hole surgery and was back to work within a week. I still to this day curse the nurse that told him gallstones were worse than labour, because he had 5 attacks of gallstones he thinks he’s one up on me who only went through labour 4 times!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17094401205258678969 A Farmer’s Wife

    I don’t think you will need luck Beth – I think they will look after you beautifully and you will be a new woman after this.

    Take care and best wishes.

  • kelwoodford

    Wishing you a speedy recovery and a fantastic future full of bread and pizza. xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09074154488476423885 No Knife Skills

    All the very best! You will be fine – you’re a strong cookie!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05670592821968665461 Maryanne {Handmade Kids}

    Good Luck Beth, Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08881726731449136425 Kel

    Good luck! I have no doubt you’ll come through like a trooper and you’ll be eating pizza in New York before you know it! :)

  • Anonymous

    You will be fine and thank goodness it all happened now.
    Best best bestest wishes, if you lived locally I would nurse you better myself (its my profession, nothing weird)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17646925050489695536 Mother Down Under

    So glad that you finally have an answer! And that your problem will be solved! Good luck tomorrow!

  • http://www.whatsarahdidnext.com/ What Sarah Did Next

    I’m sure all will go well and you can look forward to many more carb-devouring days in the future! Try and rest while you can, sorry I won’t get the chance to say ‘hey’ at Blogopolis, but there’ll hopefully be a next time! I’m smiling thinking of you eating pizza without a worry in NYC! x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07886883553323932848 Mumma Drogi

    I got mine out just over a month ago and i too was very scared. Never had an op before. Been under a few times and knew I always had adverse reactions. So I was terrified. My the op went smoothly, quickly and easy. The pain wasnt as bad as I had prepared for and recovery was pretty quick. Sore for about a week, a little less, and then I was brand new. You will be a new woman afterwards. My energy levels have risen and I can eat and drink anything without being up all night in unimaginable pain. I reckon my gall bladder attacks were worse than child labour. Seriously.

    Good luck tomorrow and with your recovery. You will be fine and so much happier without that stinkin thing!

  • http://www.flyingpenguin.com.au/ Vicki

    All the best for a speedy recovery Beth.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10083312031375272996 Stephanie

    Wishing you all the best for tomorrow! Think how great it will be not to have that pain anymore. Xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16611229357228521510 Hazel

    Goodluck Beth, I was thinking that life without bread was going to be tough!

  • Anonymous

    I had mine out last year and it was a snap compared to a c-section. Haven’t had any problems since. Good luck to you, the pain is awful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17891827232542844719 F

    Good luck Beth – I’m sure it will all go well and you will be in tip top shape for NYC Fx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00201349928544548688 Lou

    It all seems so obvious now! Gall stones! I’m a sucker for a good diagnosis… All the very VERY best for your op – you’ll be fantastico ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11937511046069347576 edenland

    QUANDRANT.

    Hon, this is awesome, awesome news. Seriously, they can fix it! You can eat bread! And I promise you, going under in a general anaesthetic is bloody unreal. It’s the ultimate …. I often joke that a general is my drug of choice. Bad, overwhelming feelings? BAM. You’re gone.

    Michael Jackson was onto something.

    Thinking of you tomoz at 1. XXXX

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06858916902023917487 boomerang jane

      Agreed. Although I hate anything medical after having keyhole surgery up my nose into my head, being knocked out for three hours was like a ten hour sleep. Was my favorite part ;-) you’ll be fabulous. Rest up and enjoy NY for the rest of us.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07284324325966835237 Mama Mogantosh

    All the best Beth, hope the anxious before-surgery time flies and you are quickly at the pain-free after.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17244409268452820389 BOB & MABEL

    Had mine out years ago and discovered I had lots of little stones. I hadn’t had kids at the time and discribed the pain as like being in labour. Scoff they did, how the hell would I know? they asked. I didn’t, but I was right, it hurts like a bastard and leaves you literally floored.
    Good luck, you’ll be right in a few weeks x.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00773581188651200076 Coal Valley View

    Honestly Beth, I’m annoyed at myself for not suggesting it might be Gallstones when you first brought up your symptoms. I had a bad attack a few months ago following an overdose of Pork Crackling and ultrasound confirmed a Gallstone. Your symptoms sounded so similar to mine but I didn’t want to do the whole backseat driver diagnosis on you and you said you had been to the GP. Sorry! Apparently mine is so big it will not fit down any ducts and so won’t get stuck so they are doing the wait and see thing. I’m off Pork Crackling :-( Not worth the risk. At least you’ll be able to eat as normal after tomorrow :-D All the best for the op! Keyhole surgery, should be right in a couple of days xx

  • Anonymous

    Hi Beth – good luck tomorrow! I had my gallbladder removed when I was 26, and after the first 24 post-op hours (bad spew reaction to the anaestetic – runs in my family!), I was a new woman! When you’ve been experiencing that kind of pain – recovery is a breeze in comparison, and I was back to work after a week. Sending good operation vibes your way. Catherine XO

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10208633197266540403 Maryandlil

    Sending love xx

  • Anonymous

    Good luck for the op Beth. The sleep you are about to have is the BEST ever!! Enjoy xx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11181216844318289796 Lexi:: PottyMouthMama

    Holy cow girl. Will be thinking of you tomorrow. Here’s to a speedy recovery x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01666281477122102076 Red Dalish

    Hi Beth, You’re not alone sister! I had my gall bladder out 6 weeks after having my daughter. Hurt to buggery and took me 5 visits to docs and obs saying it felt like labour but too high, before they finally tested for gall stones. This, even though it can be brought on by pregnancy (extra oestrogen apparently) and it really seemed obvious after diagnosis. Fun times.
    Anyway, had the surgery, stressed about breastfeeding (managed fine) and now feel 100%. Felt good after about a week/10 days. Nothing I can’t eat (KFC is a little dodgy) and so happy it is behind me now. You’ll be great & fine and dandy for NYC.

  • Anonymous

    I am glad that you have an answer and that there is a possibility to take away your pain, although it means surgery. I wish you a speedy recovery! Always think of the great painfree time that you will have in New York!

    Fine

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09587747846605834094 AllyL

    Get better soon. You’ve got things to do, places to go, people to see!

  • http://www.randomactsofzen.com/ Lisa@RandomActsOfZen

    You’ll be fine Beth. Just good you found out now!! Take care.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18133173713045801244 vancybec

    Tomorrow will be ace, the day after a little better and so on until you find yourself in New York and your head explodes with awesomeness!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10508500218780099220 Mummasphere

    Wishing you good dreams while your under and a speedy recovery xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05078020385820548449 nellbe

    Yep, you’ll be fine, I have also had mine out and it is brilliant to be pain free afterwards. Take care and try and enjoy the rest.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04984543289642681339 Hope’s Mama

    I’ve had my gall bladder out and it was my first operation too, so I get the nerves. It is very quick and very straight forward and you’ll be back on your feet pretty quick. It is such a relief to be pain free though and to have more of the menu open to you again!
    Take care.
    xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05280632930386464253 kell

    Well your silver lining here is that this has happened before you’ve gone o/s. Small mercies! Hope it all goes well and wishing both you and your brother-in-law a speedy recovery. Take care Beth x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04215161182830545561 Reannon Hope

    Ha! I remember going in to have my gall bladder out & they ask “so you know what procedure your having?’& I reply “liposuction on my stomach right?”. They all laugh like they hadn’t heard that one before but secrectly I was hoping the doctor would take one look at my jelly belly & feel some pity for me & do some lipo….
    You’ll be good as! in a week or so hun, I promise. Been there, done that & I KNOW you’ll feel soooooooo much better real soon xx

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06858916902023917487 boomerang jane

      Hahaha Reannon. I thought the same thing when the operated in my head (keyhole surgery up my nose, no less). Couldn’t they at least have given me a nose job while they were at it?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13151973819133926868 Mama of 2 boys

    Oh poor lady, but thank heavens for the revelation. It’s a bummer you had to suffer this long with it, though you’ll be back on top of the world once the surgery is done and dusted. AND you can eat bread! Now THAT is a positive worth taking. Big hugs xoxo

  • http://www.moodiefoodie.com.au/ Jay

    I know how you feel. Last year I needed to have emergency surgery and I was soooo scared. But everything was fine. These people know what they’re doing cause they do it a million times a day. The only advice that I can give is rest and don’t stress about the blog – we’ll still be here when you get back. Take it easy and take care of yourself. Jay xo

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05884846938215277711 Stylist Extraordinaire

    Oh you poor love, good luck tomorrow it will go just perfectly and you can live it up New York style xo

  • Anonymous

    So glad you’ve finally found out what is going on. Yay to having it sorted before NY!! You’ll be heading in just about now so very best wishes.

    Anth

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10414334346423383943 Little Pudding

    No more pain and no more niggling questions over what was wrong. You’ll be pretty groggy for a while after the op and a bit sore but it’ll all be worth it! I think we all would’ve been just as depressed as you if we didn’t get to read about what you & Mrs Woog get up to in NYC :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16376864098492915312 Kakka

    Oh sweetie I feel your pain, I know exactly how that feels the ‘dropping you to the floor’ pain of a gall bladder attack, worse than childbirth by a thousand times. Sorry I have visited for a while and then find all this happening to you and your fam. So glad you are home now and on the mend. Much love and hugs from Perth. xxxx