Sunday, November 20, 2011

Pesky gallbladder

How does the saying go?  If it's not one thing, it's another?  Yeah.  

So, last night Gray and I ended up leaving an absolutely lovely wedding reception (congratulations, Seth & Sheradon!) to go to the ER because I had a gallbladder attack.  This was my first one.  Not fun....not fun.  We weren't sure what to think at first.  The ultrasound done in the ER didn't show any stones, but it may be early.  Right now, we are taking a wait-and-see approach.  Going to do a little research so that I have a doctor to call if they start to become more frequent.  Pesky gallbladder.  I do not have time for you!  

In other news, Keegan is doing about the same.  Eating a bit better.  We have dropped him back down to one dose of anakinra a day and will recheck labs on Wednesday.  If all is going ok, we will restart the steroid wean the week after Thanksgiving.  We did go ahead and email the HLH specialist in Cincinnati on Friday and are anxiously awaiting word back.  We will surely update when we do.

A busy week ahead for our family, as I'm sure it will be for most everyone.  For now, we are thankful that all four of us are home and stable and for every prayer said to help us stay that way.  

And for crazy after-nap hair.  Yep, definitely thankful for that!


Becky Cudlipp said...

Maddie, if it helps at all, I can give you some gallbladder info from my perspective. I had the first attack about 3 yrs. ago, and it lasted about an hour. Then I had another one 2 yrs. ago, and it lasted 6 hrs. So I went to my dr. after that. Symptoms were pretty obviously gallbladder, and he sent me for an ultrasound. It showed "sludge", which basically means it's not functioning quite right, and the sludge could be hiding stones. Recommended I see a surgeon. I planned to, but then it got put on the back burner, and the longer I went without another one, the more I convinced myself to just wait. Then I had another one a couple of weeks ago - 6 hrs. I know if I go back to my dr. he will send me to the surgeon. I know the surgery is no big deal, but I'm a chicken when it comes to surgery, so I'm just taking it day by day. A highly recommended surgeon is Dr. Aranoff at Medical City. (I'll double check the name)

Ben and Abby said...

Maddie! I'm so sorry! I've had to have all sorts of gallbladder testing - none of it is fun nor is it particularly efficient. :( Ugh. And by the way, Audrey looks JUST like you in that picture above... :) Thinking of you all - let us know if you need anything. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the time with your family this week! :)