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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. :-)

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antesqueluz
Feb. 10th, 2014 02:03 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!