Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Backpacks, Gallstones and Gratitude

I took my daughter back to school shopping today! We got her a backpack plus many other little items such as markers, pencil crayons, scissors, glue, etc. Very exciting stuff for a five year old (and even for a twenty three old! Who doesn’t love markers?!).

When Nick is at work we always take the bus for several reasons. One, because he has the car. Two, because I need to renew my license. And three, because Sidney think it’s just SO much fun! Luckily for us our apartment is a short walk to the bus terminal downtown.

But today that walk was just too long.
Right after Sidney and I crossed the street, I threw my coffee cup into a garbage can and immediately keeled over as a sharp pain shot through my upper abdomen area. It came out of nowhere, as if someone stabbed me for no apparent reason. I tried to finish our walk home, but after a mere few steps I couldn’t even stand.

Squatting down, leaned up against a brick wall just a short ways down an alley (so I wasn’t RIGHT downtown), I called my mom on my cell phone bawling my eyes out. This pain was worse than child labour pains without meds, and I know this for a fact because I gave birth - naturally! And unlike child labour pains, it wasn’t going away!

After my dad picked us up we went back to their house, dropped Sid off and my mom took me to the hospital. She couldn’t stay with me because my dad needed the car, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to know what was wrong with me, and I wanted the pain to go away.

And of course, just like always, as soon as I get to the emergency room, the pain does subside a little and I started to wonder if I should just call my mom to take me home right away. But I didn’t, because I knew the pain could and most likely would come back.

The nurses did a urine test and some blood tests, and after waiting around for 5 hours, they did an ultrasound. And guess what? I have gallstones! Yippee!

Well, maybe a “yippee” isn’t a good reaction, but I’m glad it isn’t something super serious. As painful as gallstones can be at times, they’re really not that threatening.

Still, another ultrasound is needed, and it’s possible that I might need surgery. I wouldn’t want to experience that pain ever again, especially during class or while I’m out with Sidney again! That would be awful, especially if I couldn’t get a hold of anyone to pick us up.

The doctor told me that females, in their fertile years, with fair skin, have the highest risk of developing gallstones. And I’m all three, baby! Sign me up!

I guess I'm just lucky!

And really I am! Because even though I have these dang gallstones that might require surgery, I’m fortunate enough to have family to help me when I need them, to live in a country with free health care and a city with a great hospital and hospital staff! So much to be grateful for. :)

Have you ever had to deal with gallstones? Or something similar?


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  1. Gallstones= no bueno! How blessed are you that in your time of need you had a fabulous family to call on!

  2. Now this is a lesson in gratitude. And yes Canada's free health care sounds pretty fantastic. Here in the state's an operation like that even with insurance could end up costing $6,000 out-of-pocket with all our deductibles and co-pays. I hope you have a speedy recovery.

    1. Thanks! I know! I am so happy I live in Canada. I often wonder how people in the States ever survive without free health care, I couldn't imagine.

  3. This is why I love this segment, because it really helps to sustain positive thinking through hard times. You ARE fortunate to have free healthcare.

    No, I've never had gallstones before or anything similar, but I wish you all the best!

    1. Thank you so much! It can be hard to stay positive as it's happening, but when looking back later that day, I realized I am very fortunate :)

  4. Wow, I am sooo sorry about the pain and the gallstones, but MAN, your tone is amazing throughout this! Way to look on the bright side and see the wonderful things about this -- that it isn't worse, that your family was there for you, and that you live in a place where you have access to get it taken care of! I'm so proud of you Cole.

    And also, this was just so well written, such great storytelling! Thank you soooo much for linking up with GRAD-ITUDE 101!! :) Keep us updated on what happens with everything!


    1. I truly think blogging is helping me to be more optimistic! Especially your gratitude link up ;)

      Thank you and thank again!

  5. Oh, wow! I only have a vague idea about gallstones, but a pain worse than child birth? I'm suddenly very happy that I'm a brown girl! I hope that you don't have another painful episode like this and that you'll be able to get it all taken care of with the least amount of fuss. Way to keep your head up!

    1. Thank you! I've only experienced it that painful this one time, so maybe it was just a one time thing. Or at least I like to hope :)


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