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About that surgery . . .

A few people have asked what it was for.

I had to have my gallbladder removed - I'd been suffering terrible pain, and an ultrasound showed I had at least one stone approximately 13mm in diameter (think half an inch, folks in the States).

Turns out that was an under-estimate - they gave me a specimen jar with two stones that size as a "souvenir" after the surgery.  But then my surgeon told me the next day that was only "some" of the stones they found - no wonder I'd been in pain!

But at the same time as the cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), I also underwent gastric banding surgery. 

I'm a diabetic and overweight, and I'd been discussing this surgery with my endocrinologist, because the diabetes association here is reporting that it can really help diabetics to gain control of their weight and, more importantly, significantly improve or even reverse their diabetes. 

Discovering that the surgeon who was going to remove my gallbladder was also able to do the banding, and that he in fact recommended doing them together, and the sooner the better, was one of those strange serendipities that I always think is the universe sticking big signposts in front of you to let you know you're making the right choice.

There were a number of these serendipities - being able to attend an information seminar the night after my appointment with the surgeon (they're usually only held every four months), getting appointments with the dietitian and psychologist who are part of the multi-disciplinary team who manage these procedures within the two weeks prior to the surgery, being able to be booked in for the next available spot, being able to take time off from work easily. 

It all came together very easily, from a logistics point of view.  I did have a slightly tougher time getting used to the idea psychologically - this is a major life change, and I jumped into it with both feet without a lot of time to think about it and what the impact would be.  The health impacts are key deciders, but I have had a quiet few weeks being rather internally focused while I've dealt with all of this.

I'm happy to say that I'm getting there in terms of my mental adjustment, as time goes on.

Physically, the operations went well.  I'm not a big fan of general anaesthesia, or of pain - the last time I was in hospital, it was for a D&C and I could not believe the pain that caused.

Happily, I literally remember being wheeled into the OR, seeing my surgeon, who gave me a big smile and a reassuring pat, and then having the oxygen mask come down over my face.  And then some jumbled stuff as I was waking up in Recovery afterwards.

After the surgery, I was a bit hazy for a few hours, but I came good quick enough to complain about being on oxygen (it tastes awful) and was out of bed and walking around the minute they took that nasty stuff away.  I was pushing an IV stand around, but hey, I was out of bed and determined not to get back in it til I was ready to actually sleep.

The pain has been steadily decreasing.  I love that - I've dealt with chronic pain, which just never gets better, so waking up every morning and thinking, "hey, I feel better than I did yesterday" is brilliant!

I do have eight separate incisions - seven of those are small ones (half inch) and there's one that is about three inches.  Because of this, I'm on what I like to call "double secret heavy lifting probation" - which is like Mick Foley's "double secret chairshot probation" (and we both stole it from Animal House, so there!) - essentially, I'm not allowed any heavy lifting for the next six weeks, while my abdominal wall heals from all those punctures.

I was thinking, optimistically, that I'd be well enough to go back into the office next week, but I don't think that's going to be the case.  However, my boss is a terrific woman, and I'd already suggested that it might be that I wanted to work from home for a bit, while I recovered. 

There's a world of difference between feeling good while doing little or nothing at home, and feeling well enough to manage a 35 minute commute by train, the walk to the office and then doing the whole thing in reverse 8 hours later.

Still, I figure I can work from home next week and kind of build up to the kind of activity levels I'll need to be going into the office, and things will be fine the week after that.

So that's it in a (very large) nutshell. 

One thing I do have to mention - the girls from my office sent me a lovely bouquet of flowers yesterday, which was a lovely surprise.  Now, they all know what a wrestling fan I am, and it is the source of much amusement in the office from time to time.  So I was delighted when the card read:

Dear June, we hope you are recovering well.  We've all been thinking of you!  We wanted to send you a wrestling stripper . . . but (the boss) wouldn't let us use her credit card for that.  Much love (the team)

Just think, if they'd been able to send me Jeff, who would kindly take it all off for me while shaking his fine booty, I would have been able to report whether or not he does have magical powers of healing, as was being discussed on whispernthwind the other day!!

Oh well, I guess I'll just have to spend my spare time looking at pics of him, and 'Taker, and Kane (who is looking absolutely fucking slurpable lately - I think he's been working out more!) . . . still, it won't be as scientific as having Jeff stripping in my living room!


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Sep. 6th, 2008 12:52 pm (UTC)
Ugh...gall stones. A friend of mine had her gall bladder removed, and to this day refuses to say it right. She still calls it her glab blabber.
At least it's taken care of now, and you could possibly get your other health issues in hand. Makes it almost worth the hassle, if you ask me. :)
Sep. 7th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Definitely worth the hassle, and I'm not complaining one little bit!

Well, perhaps about the lack of naked wrestlers in my living room ;-)
Sep. 6th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
oh my! i am so glad that your surgery went well and i hope that you are feeling better real soon:) *hugs*

oooh....jeff the wrestling stripper....me likies. me likey a lawt can you just imagine........*mind drifts slowly into the gutter*

i'm sure he absolutely has magical healing powers. magic hands;)
Sep. 7th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
oooh....jeff the wrestling stripper....me likies. me likey a lawt can you just imagine........*mind drifts slowly into the gutter*

I can imagine only too well!! Maybe that's why I keep getting better . . . only trust me it ain't just his hands that have magical healing powers! ;-)
Sep. 7th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
that should sooooooooooo be jeff's gimmick;) he's got a perfect name for it: hardy :P yes, i think i might just have to pass along that memo...Jeff the Wrestling Stripper. that's what us fangirls want. yes indeedy!!
Sep. 6th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
I know what's like to have anthestics and ones that don't even work, they be not so good.

But I'm glad you're on the way to being better.

I would slow down on work though for a while just to make sure.

I'll try to find some good taker pics and make some icons for ya. Kane might be a little harder.

Edited at 2008-09-06 01:25 pm (UTC)
Sep. 7th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Thankies for the well wishes!

I'll try to find some good taker pics and make some icons for ya. Kane might be a little harder.

You're a doll! And it's easy to find good pics of Kane - so long as he's half naked, it's alllllll good! ;-)
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Sep. 7th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Thankies hon!
Sep. 6th, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Jeff the Wrestling Stripper? How is it that I can see both him and Shawn AND Trips running THAT "Get Well Party". Dear sweet freaking god...

With that in mind, happy thoughts to you, lady! :-D Hope you're better soon!
Sep. 7th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Jeff the Wrestling Stripper? How is it that I can see both him and Shawn AND Trips running THAT "Get Well Party". Dear sweet freaking god...

Oh lord . . . that's completely fried my brain! However, if that's a get well party, sign me up, baby!!

Thanks for the very happy thoughts - I feel better already!
Sep. 10th, 2008 06:35 am (UTC)

But Jeff would make it all better.

I know this for a fact. I joined wispernthwind and now I'm starting to get better! *rejoices* I've been sick for like 12 weeks.

Damn, stripper!Jeff...hufdsighfduipghspighndjsapghnjdskpanfjfdsahgfjdspgfjhndsapghjdsoajhgfodspa.


I'll join you, so we can get better together.
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:13 am (UTC)
Stripper Jeff . . . here's a little preview:

Hand me the towel Jeff, and no one gets hurt!

Now, tell me you'd stay on the couch if that was happening in your living room! ;-)

I prescribe large doses of Jeff for us both!
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:16 am (UTC)
Oh, fuck yeah!

Reading chapter 12 now, can't talk much.

But...Um, Jeff and I might be on the couch...or one of the beds...or against one of the walls...or on the kitchen table...or on the kitchen counter...or all of these places ;)

VERRRY large doses - including your fucking amazing fic.
Sep. 10th, 2008 07:26 am (UTC)
Awww, thankies hon!!

Glad you're enjoying it.
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