Friday, January 30, 2009

Good News and Other News

The good news is that I can drive now and get out as I like (as long as I skip the pain med, of course). The gallbladder was inflamed, so it was necessary to have it removed. This is always good to know, that the surgery was necessary. The other news is that the liver is also inflamed, but of course we can't have it removed. Since apparently it is a duty of mine to overcome or at least struggle mightily with medical phobias, I still have to see the GI specialist, who does specialize in liver issues. I'm not overly concerned yet since the antimitochondrial antibodies test was negative, but I am surprised that the pathology report wasn't more specific.

I need a little more courage. To me, courage is like energy; expending some helps build your reserves. Challenge yourself too much and you may set yourself back, but the idea is exercising the spirit. Lynette Jennings, a home decorator, says it takes courage to paint a room red, but I've already done that, and I think painting another room red would maybe not make our home more marketable.

We went to our local Borders (yes, I got out!) to browse for a bit after the appointment. I came across a new book called Brain Storms: Surviving Catastrophic Illness, by Les Duncan. It includes some of the medical humor I've been looking for, including a chart to translate doctor speak into plain language. Examples, from memory:
"You'll need to follow up with a specialist" = "I have no idea what's wrong with you."
"Please schedule a follow-up appointment" = "I want a 5-disc CD player added."
"I've got good news and bad news" = "I've got bad news."

I do say "other news" rather than "bad news" here since I don't know the whole story yet and I'm probably okay. What I do know is I'm so tired of the medical merry-go-round. I'm still thinking it may be from gallbladder or pain meds. I've been tested for all kinds of potential causes for liver issues and nothing so far.

4 comments:

yanub said...

I'm going to have to get that book.

Congrats on being able to drive again. No more being left at home!

Is there a chance that the liver inflammation is due simply to the gall bladder having been inflamed right next to it? I'm going to hope that's the case. Fingers crossed for you!

FridaWrites said...

We think alike--I updated the blog before I read your comment to say I think it may still be from the gallbladder and have to wonder if it's not doing better now, a few weeks later.

It does look like a good book--tips on how to cope when people avoid you, that kind of thing! Some of the tips we may have learned over time, but I still think it looks like a good read.

Elizabeth McClung said...

That does sound like a good book and I hate the not knowing; to know is to plan, to have some control, but to not know. Paint a room red? I went to one single guy's apartment and it was ALL painted red including the ceiling, I was waiting for the news about him holed up in a tower with a sniper rifle - he didn't seem couragous just a little...um odd (and obsessed with breasts, yes, I know I'm one to talk, but I at least can have talk and not trail off if a cartoon character with breasts comes on the screen).

FridaWrites said...

Well, if I were going to paint it all one color it would be green or yellow, so we're safe. I left it all white for years because I liked all the light and brightness.