I recently had my Gall Bladder removed and I wanted to tell you the entire story. Because I am obese the hospital I was going to have the procedure done at ended up cancelling my operation because they didn’t have an intensive care unit. And so I was transferred to another hospital that had one. The reason for this is because I was obese and they wanted to take precautions because when you are obese all operations are that much more dangerous.
They have to make sure that you are breathing properly and that your heart can withstand the amnestica. I was at high risk. This scared me to death because all I was thinking was that I would die on the operating table and I would have to leave my husband, my puppy Pebbles and my life as I know it.
I was lucky that I had keyhole surgery, however when they got my on the operating table they couldn’t find my Gall Bladder and so they had to do an X-ray or ultrasound whilst I was under. In this case they had to do a bigger incision above my belly button. This gives me pain to no end still after two weeks.
I still have my bandages on from the operation they are not to come off till I see the surgeon in another week or so. I am afraid to see the scares and the bruising was not pleasant to look at. They put four incisions in my abdomen. One above my belly button, another further up above that, one to the side diagonally from my belly button and one to the side of that one, this was the drainage incision. I had a tube out of it with a small bag to hold the fluid that came out of me. It was disgusting to know that fluid was coming out of your body.
It scared me to know that at some point that tube would have to be taken out. I had a panic attack when it came out. My chest tightened up and I thought I would pass out. But luckily for me it didn’t hurt once removed and I was scared for nothing. If you were anything like me you would have panicked too.
And so I have been at home recovering for the past one and a half weeks, and even though I am getting better, the larger cut above my belly button hurts and I have been told I look pale. I know I have to go back to work soon, and also the Gym, but I am afraid, it is like I am a different person. The Gym scares me because I will literally be starting all over again; all the hard work I put in has been in vain.
As for work, I have been away for a while and not sure what to expect. But I am sure it will be ok. The moral to my story is that when you are obese surgery can be a big issue, and it has just shown me that if I had only been thinner and started the Gym earlier, I am sure I would not be in as much pain as I am now.
When I have fully recovered I will be back online and bring you more interesting articles to read. I will keep you posted as to my progress and also how I go when I go back to the Gym. PS Public hospitals are really not very nice to say the least, I didn’t even get a wheel chair to go out of the hospital, and I had to walk in excruciating pain. It was not much fun because I was so emotional that I burst into tears. I was also released overnight. It was like a production line of operations. One after the other and when you can eat without throwing up, you can go home. They really need the beds.