Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Random Thoughts on Gallbladder Surgery

1. I found it rather disconcerting that everyone who talked to me asked, "So, what are we doing for you today?" Like a hairdresser. Shouldn't it be written down somewhere?

2. The surgeon came and said hello in the pre-op room, and then took out a marker and wrote "YES" on my belly. I'm glad he approved.

3. I told the anesthesiologist that I had a wicked caffeine-withdrawal headache before the surgery and she ordered up some Fentanyl. Fentanyl's like 80 times stronger than morphine. This chick wasn't playing around. No wonder it's been about 36 hours and I'm still feeling the effects of the anesthesia. I think she gave me enough for an elephant.

4. My contribution to Earth Day was to recycle the ginormous stack of papers from the pharmacy listing all the possible side effects, etc. in LARGE TYPE of the Metamucil they sent me home with.

5. We took pics, but they're on my sister's camera. You can see the prettiest gallstone for yourself. They wouldn't let me keep it, which made me wonder....at exactly what point did it stop being my property?

5 comments:

~**Dawn**~ said...

LOL! One of my best friends is a surgeon. They all ask you, even if they know, so there can be *no* mistake. I think I would rather they ask me than say "here for an appendix right?" when I'm there for my gall bladder. =P Your spin on it really cracked me up though! =)

Narya said...

Given the fentanyl, take the metamucil. Or prune juice, which will work just fine. But opiates will slow down everything.

Anonymous said...

I see the fentanyl didn't affect your sharp sense of humor, so I'm happy! Ah, all is going to be well!

Knot Mom

LemonySarah said...

I'm amazed that you're lucid enough to write a coherent post. Did you have help?

Most of all, glad that you're in great shape, relatively speaking. Do you feel like you've been hit by a truck?

LemonySarah said...

Oh, I forgot to mention that Metamucil mixed with Vodka rocks.

 
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