I'm getting my gall bladder out this week.
About 3 weeks after Jay was born I started having these pains in my side/stomach/back that were very painful. At first they only lasted 10 min. and then stopped. Then one lasted for 25 minutes. I felt like I was going to puke. It was also kind of like contractions, except it didn't come and go...it was constant. (I have only had 5-6 "attacks" total.) I located where the pain originated in my body and looked up a picture of all of the organs online. Yep, the pain was coming right from where my gall bladder is. I had a hunch because my sister had similar "attacks or pains" after she had her first kid. Hers grew into something bad and she spent 3 days in the hospital. Her story is HERE. I am thankful for her ordeal though, because then I knew that it was common for pregnant or recently pregnant women to have issues with their gall bladders.
Back to the story. Because of my suspicions, I saw the doctor, then I had an ultrasound which revealed I had gall stones. Then I met with a specialist and he confirmed that I need my gall bladder out. It is most likely an outpatient surgery that is done laparoscopically. If there are infections or other circumstances, it could be longer. I am definitely apprehensive, but I realize that life could be worse. I am dreading recovery, but thankful that it is being done while I am on maternity leave so I don't have to take more time off from work.
I'm also hoping I can keep up my milk supply during everything by pumping. I am fine with Jay getting formula, and actually I am looking foreword to trying only formula for a day or two to see if his behavior changes at all. I do recognize the benifits of BF and don't want to quit that either.
I am also thankful that John's mom is willing to come for a few days to help out, because John needs to go to work the rest of the week. He is on "night duty" for a few nights though, which will be new for him.
Wednesday is the big day!:(