21 July 2008

a fork in the road

I promised pictures and accounts of my two weeks, but I came upon a fork in the road Friday morning.  My morning date of coffee with a friend was cancelled and became a visit to the doctor, which lead to lab work, an ultrasound, an emergency room visit of nine hours, and finally a surgical bed at the Kaiser "Chalet".

I am home now, minus a gall bladder.

A few things I have learned along the way:
  • emergency rooms contain weird people who also seem to dress for the occasion in what can only be described as their laundry day clothes
  • laying in a fashionable hospital "draft" gown in a bed in the hallway of the emergency room does not scream privacy
  • lack of sleep, pain, stress, and over two days without food are combinations I would rather not repeat
  • caffeine withdrawal headaches can take down the strongest person
  • throwing up while going into the operating room is not the best way to greet those who will be treating you
  • rubbery hospital jello tastes good after not being allowed to have even an ice chip for a total of 50 hours
  • "sleep" is a five letter word hospitals do not recognize
  • hospital medications are far superior to what one is given to take at home


brooklynx said...

Love you, Mama. I'm glad you're home safe.

Antevasin said...

Ohhhhh I soooo sympathize with you..as you know, been there, done that! I will keep the positive energy flowing for you my dear. Let me know if you need anything...I'm just across the road! :=)

cher said...

glad you're back home! hope to see you next week at chicks.

Diane said...

Oh my! Wow. I'm glad you're all right now, minus the gall bladder!! I got worried when I saw ultrasound and hospital.

Janice said...

Been there Done that and it was before we wore printed T shirts to prove it!!!!! Take care.

Knittymama said...

Here's to a speedy recovery!

Gotta Knit! said...

Holy Crap!

I do hope you are feeling better.