A bid of farewell to ye gallbladder & appendix

I don’t know why but I always think of organs as speaking in Olde English.

Ar, but thoust did not know her toil & troubles were caused by the speck of an organ in the brewing of ye young lasses’ belly.

Ok, an Old English pirate. Who might be drunk & have Scottish witch tendencies but whatever, ye gets me point.

With my health I had gotten to the point where it was time to have a general surgeon poke around & see if he could find the source of my abdominal pain laparoscopically. During our consultation however he noticed that I had yet to have a gallbladder functionality scan. So this past Friday off I went to be injected with radioactive dye & within an hour I was anxiously watching my little day-glo gallbladder on the screen. ::Pump Pump Glug Glug::: The little sucker was working it’s arse off but none of the dye seemed to be emptying into my bowels as it should. After about an hour & a half we called it quits because 1-my poor little gallbladder was looking like a sad hamster stuck in an eternal wheel & 2- the CCK hormone they gave me to make my gallbladder contract had brought on one of my attacks. The same attacks that had landed me in the hospital twice in the last last six months.

This meant of course that I FINALLY had a conclusive test! (Cue choir) It also meant surgery…

And you’ll never believe what they found when they were relieving lil’ miss gallbladder of her duties. My appendix was one foot out the door too! (I’m going for a record in how many analogies I can put in this post, I betcha it’s highly correlating to the number of pain meds I’ve requested today)

He said it was ‘Chronic Appendicitis’ & basically the appendix flares up just enough to cause mild to moderate pain & fevers without enlarging enough to be detected on a CTscan. Sneaky little buggers my organs are.

I came home from the hospital today & have spent the last few hours being on high alert as to Sophie Monster’s proximity to my healing stomach. Fast as lightning that one is.

I’m very cautiously optimistic that this may be a huge piece of my medical puzzle, but we’ll just have to wait and see…

Thank you so much for all of your prayers, well wishes & happy juju that’s been coming my way. You make me feel very loved.

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  1. Tammy

    So glad your feeling better and on the mend. I suspect this could be a big part of your problems as of late. Did you have surgery at Georgetown? I had fantastic doctors there after I got necrotizing pancreatitis caused by a gallstone five weeks after my son was born a couple years ago.

  2. Jill

    I am so happy for you and your family that you have finally (fingers crossed) gotten your answers and will hopefully be done with this crappola once and for all!!! Best wishes for a speedy and easy recovery!

    • Natasha

      LOLOL, Amen to that! Or teeny tiny cat paws, Rose keeps climbing on me and those little paws are just the right size to kill my incision!

  3. allison

    HOORAY!! Here’s hoping this relieves some of your issues. Way to be an overachiever lady. :) PS–how in the name of all that’s good and holy does your stomach look that good after 2 kids and 2 organs being removed??

  4. MC

    So happy that FINALLY you got an answer! Not happy that you had to have surgery :/ Hopefully this will be a big part of the puzzle. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers as you heal and recover.

  5. Tatiana

    So happy to see you are on your way to finally getting some concrete answers! Sending you prayers for a very speedy recovery! And by the way, that cute little belly did not house two babies!!! Hot mama!

  6. Sirena

    This is so great Natasha! Happy to hear you got some answers before the holidays too. Take time to heal and rest :) you deserve it.

  7. Karin

    This is great yet not so great news! I am really happy that you finally found out what was wrong with you. However it could have come at a better time, couldn’t it?! Maybe right after New Years! ;-)
    Wishing you a truly speedy and restful recovery!

  8. claudia

    im so happy that theyve figured something out and hopefully this is the 1st step towards a healthier you :) no more days in the hospital,no more pain *fingers crossed*

  9. Carol

    I really, really hope and pray that this surgery was the answer to all your medical issues!!! Take the time to heal and thank you for sharing your journey with us. Fingers crossed and prayers being sent!

  10. Laura

    My husband had his gallbladder out about 5 years ago now. It was causing him all kinds of trouble but he had a huge episode that lasted about 2 weeks at that point they said enough it looked horrible they didn’t even give him the dye test an ultrasound was all he needed to know it was no good at all!! It has helped him tremendously! Fatty foods are now hard for him to eat so that just means that we all eat even better now.

    I hope you have a quick recovery with your little ones around!!

  11. Kaitlyn

    What a small world… that’s exactly what happened with my appendix in 2011. Routine CT scans and even ultrasound showed absolutely nothing out of the ordinary, but laproscopic surgery revealed an enlarged and infected appendix. I’m so happy to hear you finally have an answer of some sort, and are (hopefully) on your way to recovering and getting some normalcy back in your life :) Prayers for quick healing and no more medical mysteries are being sent your way!

  12. Jenna

    So glad you finally found an answer!

    My son (now 10 months) was diagnosed with gallstones at 5 weeks old. He was often screaming in pain and vomited constantly. He also has GERD and food allergies, so our challenges are not quite over, but he finally had his gallbladder removed at 9 months old, and is now a healthy, happy baby. This year has been horrible for us but I feel like we are finally getting a fresh start – I hope this gives you a fresh start, too! I am ready to start enjoying being a mama and pray that 2013 brings all of us health, happiness, and peace! Not knowing what was going on for a long time was the worst for us.

  13. Lyn

    So happy to hear you have some answers. Sounds like this must have been the problem. I’m sure you will bounce back very quickly. Have wonderful Christmas.

  14. LOVE your opening to this post! You always make me laugh! I’m so happy for you that you may have gotten some answers! I’ve been reading for a while now and know it’s been a long road for you. I hope you have a very speedy recovery! Wishing you better health in 2013!

  15. Nothing like a good ol’ spa stay at the local butcher shop to brighten your week. :0

    So glad you are getting some answers and that hopefully you will be feeling so much better asap. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  16. Sally

    Whoop whoop!! You will soon be back to 100% —- and with so much more compassion than you ever imagined. (looking for a silver lining here — work with me, ok?). Don’t rush the recovery. Rest!

  17. BBB

    Natasha, you really didn’t have to go through all this just to have a legitimate reason to post pictures of your enviable mid-section. hahaha :)

  18. Lucy

    So glad that you have an answer for your symptoms. Get well soon and wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas, Fingers crossed for a happy and healthy New Year to you too! Xxx

  19. rachel

    Yay, I’m so happy to hear that this is the likely end to your abdominal pain and sickness! Back to life (and potty) as usual! Best wishes for a happy and very healthy 2013. :)

  20. Holy Cow! I only dealt with my gallbladder woes for 10 weeks before having that sucker yanked. Lucky for me, if you’re pregnant and hurting near the rib cage, they automatically assume gallbladder. You have been suffering for so much longer!!!! My scar is way less exciting since they only took the one organ… I am a bit excited to see what the entire scar looks like once my belly button pops out. My suspicion is that it is waaaaaayyyy longer than I can visualize – since a gallbladder is bigger than my navel.

    I am so pleased that you (hopefully) have a resolution to all of that pain!!!!! Happy recovery!

    p.s. I found that a rice-filled sock that I heated in the microwave was my best friend during recovery, I used it in so many ways. We fell in love, and ‘Snakey’ still sleeps next to my bed. I had to make one for my 3 1/2 year old as well. Hers lives on her bookshelf. His name is just ‘Socky’.

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