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It’s gone!

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I am a very happy person!

Gallbladder was removed on Wednesday morning and within 48-hours I didn’t need painkillers at all!

I woke up in recovery around 10:30 a.m. and was completely alert, sat up and pushed away the covers to check that it was laparoscopic surgery as there was a risk of having to be cut open.  It was!  I was so happy.  The nurse, however, was not – “Lay back down, you shouldn’t be moving!”

I could feel the difference – no more pain!  Although part of that might have been the anaesthetic still working.

I was taken back to my room where my sister was waiting, and they kept me there for about two hours, then released me.  We were home by 1:30 p.m.

There was no pain from the “stabs,” which is what they call the holes, and they only had tape over them. And I seem to have had an easy time regarding the “trapped gas” – some mild shoulder pains yesterday and burping that is uncomfortable, which has eased of now.

As of this morning I am not taking painkillers at all.  Not even Tylenol.

Yesterday my sister drove me around to do errands and I had no problems walking around the stores, etc.  If I pressed on an incision it was a bit tender, but not horrible.

My sister has taken excellent care of me and she leaves tomorrow to go home to Toronto. And I am under strict instructions to take it easy and not to lift anything heavier than a plate or a pillow.

I can’t go back to work until the doctor clears me to, and I won’t know that until next week sometime.  The tape on the holes is supposed to fall off on its own and I am not supposed to lift anything for about the same amount of time.

It is so nice to not be in constant pain.



Author: Shannon Fennell

Multidisciplinary artist, world traveller, make-up artist, and cheese lover. I follow a low carb lifestyle to keep my diabetes in remission. Canadian expat in the UK.

One thought on “It’s gone!

  1. I’m so happy it didn’t rupture. (Happened to my friend). This has been an ordeal for you and besides the awful pain it has disrupted your normal working routine. I had a good experience with the gallbladder surgery, but didn’t have your kind of pain . (Thank you Lord.) Now to get healed up and back to work.

    Your photo with the holly looks beautiful.

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