September 22, 2012

Home Sweet Home!

I am home from the hospital after three long days.  Home to my babies that I missed terribly.  Home a gallbladder lighter!

Let's start from the beginning.  Remember when I told you last week that I went into the ER for stomach pains?  Well, it wasn't acid reflux or an ulcer like they thought.  At midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, the pains started again.  But worse!  And they were shooting into my back and I was very nauseous.  I tortured myself for about 5 hours before insisting that Tyler take my to the hospital.  We had to wake the kids up and pack them in the van, but I couldn't take the pain anymore and it obviously wasn't going away.

I got to the hospital about 5:15 and they drew some blood, got me on an IV and gave me some pain medicine.  They also decided to order an ultrasound.  The blood work showed that there was something definitely going on with my gallbladder, but the ultrasound would show more.  The culprit?  Gallstones!  This is what I thought it was last week when I went in, but they didn't do an ultrasound then.

They admitted me to the hospital and I was to my room by about 9:00.  I knew I was going to have to have my gallbladder removed, but they were worried I had a gallstone stuck in my bile duct.  If that was the case, they would have to get that out with a scope before they could do surgery.  So I had an MRI, which showed no stone in the duct.  Thank goodness!  The rest of Wednesday I basically just had to hang out and stay on top of the pain.  And starve!  And miss my babies!  But they were in good hands.  Both my mom and Tyler's mom were here with them and Tyler was back and forth between home and the hospital.

Surgery day!  I didn't get much sleep between them constantly coming in to check on me and check my vitals to me continually waking up wondering where my baby was.  I'm so used to having the monitor in my ear that I kept waking up freaking out that I couldn't hear him in the monitor.  I still wasn't able to eat anything and I was coming off of the pain medicine from Wednesday.  Needless to say, I had a horrible headache all morning!

They took me back about 1:00 Friday afternoon to get ready for surgery.  I laid in the holding room until after 3:00 until the finally took me back to the operating room.  They gave me some drugs in the holding room and told me I wouldn't remember anything after that, but wouldn't totally put me out yet.  Well, I remember everything all the way into the operating room where they were strapping me down.  But then they gave me the good stuff and I was out.  I woke up in the recovery room and got back to my room around 5:00.  Everything went well in surgery.  My doctor was a little concerned that they'd have to cut me open rather than do it laparoscopically because I've had scar tissue on my liver before, which could have made it difficult to get to the gallbladder.  But thankfully, they got it! 

Tyler was there with me, but had to get home shortly after so my mom could head home for the night.  My brother came to visit me that night, which was nice to have some company. I was only allowed to eat jello all night Thursday night.

I could finally start eating yesterday morning, but of course then didn't have an appetite.  I have to be really careful about what I eat.  They said it takes a month or two for your body to get used to not having your gallbladder.  I can't eat much at one sitting yet without getting full and crampy.  The most important thing is to watch my fat intake since the gallbladder is what stores the bile, which breaks down the fats.

After being able to keep some food down and get my pain under control, I was ready to be discharged.  Finally!  It felt like I was in there for 3 weeks!   Tyler brought the kids to the hospital to pick me up at 1:30.  I was watching for them down the hall and was so happy when I saw Kyla's cute little face coming.  I am SO happy to be home!  But it's hard!  I can't lift Kyla for at least two weeks and shouldn't really be lifting Kase, but they said 10 pounds is ok, if I *have* to.  Kyla loves to sit on my lap or snuggle up next to me on the couch and I just have to be so careful because she is always getting me in the stomach (not on purpose of course, she just likes to be close).

Home Sweet Home
We were all four able to take a little nap after we got home.  I just relaxed and enjoyed the night with my family who I missed so much.  It was so great to sleep in my own bed last night.  Even though Kase got up a few times, I slept really well!  Tyler did all the feedings, but I got up with him because I felt bad.  He insisted I go back to bed though.  What a guy!

So you'd think since I didn't eat from Tuesday to Friday I would have lost some of my baby weight, right?  Yeah, that's what I thought too.  I figured at least if I'm dealing with all this crap, I will at least shed some pounds.  Wrong!  I GAINED 5 POUNDS!  I guess I did have an IV in the whole time and they were pumping me full of liquids.  I have been peeing nonstop since I've been home so hopefully I'll pee it all back out, haha.

This weekend will be nice having Tyler home, but starting Monday it should be rather interesting being home with both kids by myself and all my restrictions.  I go back to see the surgeon on Thursday to make sure my incisions are healing well.  And I'm not supposed to drive all week, which is going to drive me crazy.  I'm in a lot of pain, but I hate taking a lot of pain killers for too long.  Hopefully I won't need them in a few days, but we'll see.

I have to thank my mom and Tyler's mom for all of their help.  I'm not sure what we would have done without you two.  It was nice having Tyler there with me at the hospital a little bit and knowing that the kids were in good hands.  Thank you both so much.  We are very lucky to have such amazing mothers!

And Tyler?  Well, he's been super dad and husband this week.  He's seriously done it all and still is even while I'm home.  I'm trying to help out, but I can't do much yet.  My nurse specifically told Tyler yesterday not to let me do much.  She said my pain meds will make me feel like super woman, but I'll pay for it later if I don't just rest.

I'm hoping our lives will be back into a normal routine soon.  It seems like the last month or so has been crazy.  As Tyler said on Facebook, it has been "nuttier than squirrel turds".  Yes, he definitely has a way with words :)  His new job, new baby and now all of this.  I'm ready for our "boring" lives again :)

Happy to be home to my precious babies!

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. What an eventful couple of days! I'm glad everything turned out ok, and that they found the culprit to your pain. Just get lots of rest now! Good luck momma :)

  2. What crappy luck! Glad you are home and on the mend though. It's a cruel joke to gain water weight after all that though, I agree!

  3. Sounds like an eventful week. Glad to hear the surgery went well. Hope your back to feeling good again soon. Get lots of rest this weekend

  4. So glad you are home! I loved reading this post because I can relate to all this hospital stuff, as you know. :) I am sure you will, but follow the doctor's orders so you recover much quicker!

    Your mom, MIL & hubby are amazing! You are so lucky to have them and their help!

    Thinking of you in this upcoming week.