So if my schedule this spring isn't hectic enough, throw in a car wreck, and an apparent gallbladder attack. That might just make it a little MORE hectic.
I woke up about 3am Tuesday morning with gutwrenching stomach pain. I literally sat up in the bed and could not breathe! I had a similar attack fall of 2010, and it ended up being gastritis (an infection in the stomach). Last time, I waited for like 5 hrs thinking it was severe heartburn before heading to the ER. This time at about 4:30am, I told LC to get dressed, and we're headed to the ER. You know what...I wasn't impressed with my patient care AT ALL. Once I was taken back to a room, all I heard was laughing, they were talking and laughing SO loud, and the poor, old lady next to me kept screaming for a nurse. Granted, later on, I find out she's in there a lot, but the nurse who did my blood pressure and stuff would inform her that her nurse's name was Charles. Then, the lady would start screaming Charles over and over while the staff laughed. Now, I understand you need to have fun in the workplace, but really, I'm in severe pain, and my husband asked several times for more pain medication. The lidocaine wasn't cutting it, and they were like okay. Then, he'd come back to the room and more laughing would ensue. The LAST thing I want to hear while I'm in pain is a staff cutting up and no pain meds for me. I'm already having to listen to the old lady with dementia next to me screaming that something was getting her and to take it off. Finally, a nurse comes in, and he explains to us they are in the middle of shift change. He said they have to be very careful and double check meds and double check them again since they've been up all night. I'm not saying that's not true, but I find it hard to believe that that's why it took soooo long. [nurse readers, please correct me if I'm wrong;) ] Evidently, gastritis and gallstones have the same symptoms. I remember this from the last time I was in the ER. I found it weird they didn't ask me about it or do an ultrasound. They discharged me with a gastritis sheet and some pain meds. Nothing for an "infection." I followed up with my GI a couple of hours later, and he said it was gallstones. He thought they should have done an ultrasound too! Well, I headed back to the hospital, had the ultrasounds, and the radiologist confirmed the gallstones. :((((
It's sad that you have to schedule a surgery around grad school and state testing. I have to do a mock presentation of my master's project tomorrow, can't meet with the surgeon next week due to defending my master's project to some rando professors, sooooooo it will have to be the following Thursday. I can't do it before Thursday because it would require me to miss work, and we have state testing in three weeks. Then, I have important JL training for my new placement next year that following Saturday, sooooooo I will have to schedule my surgery in three weeks. Needless to say, I am googling everything about gallbladder diets to help me NOT have an attack before my surgery. If you made it this far, please say a prayer and/or keep your fingers crossed for me!