Monday, December 27, 2010

Gallbladder?

This is a copy of my email to family and friends the Saturday before Christmas...........

Please join me in prayer. I don't normally do this and didn't want to facebook details but I would just like to ask you to join me in prayer. I am praying for and believing for a miracle. Would you pray with me over the next couple days???

First of all......I found out this week that....I'm pregnant! :) This is something we have desired for a VERY long time. Had my first pregnancy last year that ended in miscarriage. I am so thankful for this pregnancy. And now for the drama.....

The night before last when I got home from dinner with friends, I started having really bad pain in my upper right quad of my abdomen. I felt really full (which I haven't felt in a long time), very tight, and pain. It just got worse and worse. It went on through the night and I was writhing in pain and shouting and kept both Joey and I up the entire night. There was NO relief. And I was vomitting constantly. I did not want to go in for a few reasons....
1. the kids were sleeping, didn't want to wake them, call someone to watch them, etc...
2. I've heard gas pain can be excruciating and was hoping that was it and it would pass.
3. I am in between insurance although my "first steps" from State is approved I just need to get proof of preganancy in but it is retroactive.

Anyway at 8am we finally called my mom and she came down and watched the kids and advised us to go in, called my doctor and she too said to get right in. We went to the ER and they did lots of tests and ultrasounds. They gave me pain medications and I immediately felt better and the severe pain has not returned.

They think it was a gallbladder attack because I have a few small/average size stones and one is in the neck of the gallbladder blocking which would cause it to not work properly. They can be moved around so he tried but couldn't. It must have moved now though cause I am not in that kind of pain anymore.

Anyway while I was there they tested my pregnancy level (5500) and did an ultrasound. They couldn't see the baby, a sac, or anything so they are not ruling out an ectopic pregnancy.

Before I left, a partner of my doctor called and said normally in this case because the numbers are so high and there is no baby they would consider this an ectopic and prescribe a pill to get rid of it because ectopic can be life threatening. But...........because she knows this is a highly desired pregnancy she said she will wait and wants me to come back into the ER tomorrow (Sunday) to test levels and ultrasound again. Numbers should double and baby should be seen. If not, she wants me to take the pill.

I of course am really not comfortable taking it because I believe in the God of miracles. I want them to FIND the ectopic before I take the pill. I really don't feel like it is ectopic since they did an ultrasound of my upper abdomen, my uterous, and my ovaries. She thinks one of the cysts on my ovaries could be it, but I had her pull up my records from 2007 which showed I already had those cysts.

She said in RARE cases she has seen either a very small baby embedded very closely with high numbers or twins that are showing a higher number but that are still too tiny to see.

So.........I am asking for prayer specifically for today and tomorrow that my numbers would double and the baby/babies would be seen!

As for the gall bladder, I do not have to have it out right now especially since I am pregnant and take coumadin but will probably in the future. I need to be careful what I eat to avoid attacks. Who knew? I didn't even know I had a gall bladder issue except some stones that have never bothered me.

Oh, and just praying that the insurance things goes well even if I lost the baby (it is a pregnancy based insurance) and that my meeting with the hemotoligist getting my medicine transferred to something safe for the baby.

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