Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My night in the ER...

I woke up at 1:10 a.m. last Sunday in Omaha while staying at my in-laws, used the restroom and found myself immediately bent over in PAIN on my right side.  I thought for sure it was my appendix.  I started to  remember my sister having pain like this when we were young.  She had her appendix out and blamed it on eating popcorn the night before.  I didn't have any popcorn so I just didn't know what this pain was from.  It hurt.  Not like labor pains hurt, but it hurt.  I tried to lay down and pretend I wasn't really having any pain, like, if I just denied it, it would go away.  Didn't go AWAY.  More pain.

I woke up Trent and we went to Methodist in Omaha, just up the street from where Trent's parents live.  They took a urine sample and told me I wasn't pregnant.  They drew blood and told me the pain wasn't from kidney stones.  PRAISE the Lord for that...I didn't even want to think about such a thing as kidney stones.  Trent was such a dear.  We waited a little longer.  They gave me a shot for the pain...yea!  That helped and made me sleepy.  They injected a dye into my system and sent me through the ct scanner appendicitis attack...okay, no surgery. (By the way, if you ever have this done, when they tell you it will feel like you wet your pants, it REALLY feels like you wet your pants).  So, I had an ultrasound done and they found a polyp in my gall bladder.  I looked this up on the internet last night and found out that polyps can be found in 5% of the population and are more common in men than women.  So glad I'm normal...

I'm 36 years old, eat healthy, feel pretty good most days and up until now, have felt like I'm 18.  We went home around 5:30 a.m.  Long night or short, any way you want to look at it, I left feeling strange.  For the first time, I really feel old, like, my body will not last forever.  I don't like this feeling and to tell you the truth, it's a little depressing.  I guess the next thing will be to have my gall bladder big deal.  I'm thankful that it's not cancer or something crazy, but, this has me thinking.


  1. Ah, the lovely gall bladder. I've had 2 separate attacks in 5 years and after about 4-5 hrs the pain finally abated and I just went on with life:) I'm waiting for my time to run out with my gall bladder as it seems to run in the grandma, 2 cousins, my mom, and an aunt all on one side of the family! Aging stinks, but along with the aches and pains comes wisdom and the confidence to be yourself. You're not getting old're aging gracefully:) (and in much better shape than I am!)

  2. here's the good
    news, sissy...
    i will
    ALWAYS be older
    than you!

  3. I had my gallbladder out May 10. It wasn't the most fun the first week, but I feel so much better now. Good luck!

    Melanie Rutt

  4. So sorry you are going through this. Praise God it isn't worse, but I know this isn't fun. Will be praying for you sweet friend. It does stink to realize we're not 18 anymore...even though we still feel like it in our minds. heehee

  5. So stinks!
    I feel your pain, friend...
    only mine WAS kidney stones!
    Try not to think of it as
    aging or getting older...
    it's......RIPENING! Yeah,
    you're just getting more ripe!
    Keep your heart & mind young!
    Love you!