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The princess and the pea...

...or the doctor lady and the gallstone. It's that little niggling discomfort buried under layers of fluff.

 So, in follow-up of my prior adventures to the other side of medicine I had to check in with the surgeon last week. All clear from his perspective, so I can now resume regular activities (Thanks, dude. I've been back to work for 3 weeks already, but whatev). Then yesterday I had to get another ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram, in case you were wondering, in which the gastroenterologist passes a scope down your throat through your esophagus and stomach and small intestine to the sphincter of Oddi and into the common bile duct).  They had to retrieve the stent that they'd placed the first time on Christmas Eve, and then check for any residual stones and make sure everything was flowing from my liver and pancreas. Lo and behold, there was a small stone still lodged in my ducts!  They were able to get it out, take out the stent, and leave everything free-flowing as it should. Yay! It makes me feel better to know that stone was there, because I was still having some colicky pain. Now I have hope that it'll all be better now. Fingers crossed.

The worst part of the procedure is the residual sore throat - I feel bruised on the inside of my neck. And my left arm is bruised from my shoulder to my fingers, presumably from a crazy tight blood pressure cuff. Seriously, I have petechiae over the entire surface of my arm.  But it's a small price to pay for freedom from gallbladder pain, and the risk of gallstone pancreatitis. Again, fingers crossed. Hopefully this means I can close this chapter in my adventures through the medical looking glass.  I'll go back to being the doctor, thanks. :-)


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 27th, 2014 09:36 am (UTC)
I am glad you are all well now my dear.
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! It's been smooth sailing thus far! (Knock on wood... Btw, do y'all do that? Knock on wood or touch wood as a superstition to keep from jinxing yourself or for luck? I think it's something sailors do... And I'm really rambling on!) Hope you are doing well! :-)
Feb. 15th, 2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
Glad your doing well, yep we do knock on wood here, and dont worry about rambling lol I do it all the time, Im well thanks getting excited for my roll in the upcomming panto.
Jan. 27th, 2014 12:55 pm (UTC)
Glad you're through to the other side! I had an *simple* endoscopy a couple of years ago and was v.v.v.impressed with the drugs they gave me...best evah!! Lol!

But I might be empathising with you since I had a really bad bout of pain and vomiting the other day and I know I do have gallstones from some niggling pain I had years ago but it's gone away and I'm thinking I actually passed a small stone...

There's a little story I can share with you! When I had the scan for the gallstones (10 or more years ago...) the doc couldn't find my right kidney but said they *float* so no sweat but my own doc sent me for another scan where they inject stuff specifically to check your kidneys and...I only have one on the left! It's double the size of a normal kidney so they surmised it just forgot to separate into two when I was a foetus...although I only have one ureter!!! Who knew????
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:57 am (UTC)
So far so good!

Don't do what I did, please. Pancreatitis is a terrible way to get your gallbladder out.

Aren't our bodies amazing! You could have gone your whole life without ever knowing you were missing a kidney. Your body just adapts. Remarkable!

Hope you are doing well! :-)
Jan. 27th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear you are on the way to recovery.
Feb. 10th, 2014 05:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! I feel much better. Hope you are doing well!
Jan. 29th, 2014 07:51 am (UTC)
....wow, the description of that procedure....and you're awake for all this?

But, glad you're healthy once again (albeit bruised up)!
Feb. 10th, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
Oh, no! I was out. They gave me "milk of amnesia" aka Diprovan aka propofol aka the drug that killed Michael Jackson. It's a great med, you know, when it's used properly. Puts you to sleep almost immediately after it's administered, and then when the procedure's over you wake back up quickly without any hang over or residual effects.

I do feel much better after all that. Hope you are feeling better!
Jan. 30th, 2014 07:13 pm (UTC)

I hope everything is feeling better soon.
Feb. 10th, 2014 06:03 am (UTC)
Thanks, dear! Definitely better now. :-)
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