Tuesday, March 1, 2011

President's Day Holiday Get-Away...???

It is still snowy and cold here in Utah, and a get-away for our last holiday sounded delightful! Well, I DID "get away" but not in the way you might think, or that I would have preferred. My holiday "get-away" was spent in the hospital having gall bladder surgery. Doesn't that sound grand? Not really, I know. It has been a long and sometimes trying week, but I am glad to be up and around again, and glad to be blogging once again.

I have known for a few years now that I have had gall stones after visiting the doctor after my first horrible attack in the night. I have simply tried living in denial that they existed until the attacks kept increasing in frequency as well as intensity. I mentioned in my last post that our Valentine's dinner was interesting....yes, I spent the night in the E.R. after dinner, almost positive that the docs would remove it right then and there. But since my white blood count was not up, and it did not appear to be an immediate threat to the rest of my body, I was given pain meds and sent home several hours later, and my official date of surgery would be the 21st of February.

So, yes, I survived the surgery, although coming out of anesthesia, apparently my heart raced to 271 beats per minute, then after being given meds to slow it down, dropped to 45 beats per minute. I had a heckuva time getting regulated, evidently. Thankfully, I was still out of it, and don't remember a thing.
Recovery has been slower than I anticipated, mixed with a lot of nausea, pain, and discomfort. Currently, I am still bruised and sore, and unable to dress in anything but sweats. I feel like George Costanza from the days of Seinfeld...("I give up!") It's just better to hear it in Jerry's words:

Ah, that show makes me laugh. Anyway, wanted you all to know I was alive and kicking, and will hopefully get up to speed and creating again here soon. Thanks for hanging in there with me!


  1. I'm glad to hear you are better. I had a problem with my heart rhythm after my major surgery nearly 3 years ago, and they had to shock my heart. No fun! It's good you didn't know what was going on. That probably would have made it worse.
    Take care.

  2. Hello Shelli,
    that sounds good that You feel better, take care.
    I have to do with my broken foot, Thanks God the foot!!! since 20th January, but everyday I walk a little bit better.
    It#s always a leasure to stop here at Your blog.
    A big hug from Germanay

  3. That's no fun. But if it needed to come out then its worth it.. Glad you are feeling better though

  4. I'm so sorry Shelli. Hope your recovery speeds up and your family is being good to you.

  5. Dear Friend,
    I miss you so very much. It was so great to visit with you on the phone this past week. IT always makes my entire week better. I hope you get better all the way soon. You have a fabulous summer ahead to make up for everything this winter. Love YA! You're the GREATEST!

  6. I'm the worst sister. I meant to call you and talk to you and see how you were doing. But no, I have to read about your recovery on your blog, when you're finally feeling a little better. Sounds like we almost lost you......Get feeling back to norma soon. Hope we can get together!

  7. Shelli, it sounds like it's been a rough start to the year for you! I hope that having this done with will get you back on track and up to speed again! Praying for your speedy recovery!


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