Originally Posted by MiamiMami
As of Thursday I had lost 29 pound. I had only gained 23
But on Friday night I was admitted to the hospital with severe pain and was released just yesterday. They had me only on clear liquids, so I figure i should have lost a couple more pounds. Turns out its my gallbladder
I'll have to have it out at some point.
I had gallbladder probs through my son's pregnancy (didn't diagnose until 2.5 mos pp) - had my gallbladder removed at 3.5 mos pp. May I give som un-asked for advice?
1) research options other than surgery (like having the stones pulverized and dietary changes). The surgery itself isn't that bad (if laparoscopic), and it is usually without complications. But someone gets to have the rare complications. My second surgeon (since I fired the first a few days before surgery - more on that below) said that he had done this surgery hundreds if not thousands of times and only had one patient end up with daily diahrreah (sp?) after the fact. As of me he has 2 now - the only thing that has made me regular was pregnancy... and having to run to a bathroom without warning with a newborn and a toddler... not so fun!
2) If you decide to have the surgery, DO NOT let them scare you into not being able to nurse for 2 days or whatever the crazy timeline is. I did a ton of research before my first appointment with the first surgeon (he wouldn't listen or read and told me he wouldn't be responsible when I killed my baby... kicked his @ss to the curb after a few calls of complaint). Here's a link from kellymom.com with another mom's story (look around that site for more info about things like nursing after general anesthesia). I had the anesthetist write down every med I was given and looked them up in recovery in Hale's. I called the LC (with whom I had spoken about surgeon 1 - and who referred me to the other) when I couldn't find a couple in the book. When she got to my room, she took the book from my hand, lifted my gown and latched my son on. She smiled and said, "If you're alert after the surgery - you're fine to nurse!" We had no problems after that.
3) assuming you have the surgery - if you co-sleep? Those little baby scratch mittens are your friend - even if your babe is past the recommended age for them. Don't have any? No problem... socks work great, too
I'm sorry you're going through that! I remember the pain of passing those stones... so much worse than labor ever was!