I am writing this from the hospital. On Sunday night I woke up with really bad body aches and chills...had a horrible night with hardly any sleep. Monday morning in addition to the aches and pains, I developed a severe pain in my right side. I was very weak and could barely stand let alone walk. DH had to go to work just for the morning and when I texted him a few hours later about the side pain he said he would be right there and that we should go to the ER. He had a feeling it was my gall bladder. I felt so bad cause it was DS's 8th birthday and he pretty much spend the morning taking care of his sisters since I was lying in bed in pain. DH came come and we called my sister and she said she would come and get the kids.
Well we packed an overnight bag for the kids just in case they would be there longer, and then she got them and we went to the ER. As soon as they saw that I was pregnant they sent me to Triage in Labour and Delivery. There they proceeded to monitore the baby for several hours. Luckily the babys heartbeat was strong and baby was very active and seemed just fine. Once they ruled out issues with the baby, they took me back for an ultrasound and only checked my gall bladder, appendix, and liver. They were able to see gall stones in my gall bladder and at first they thought that was it. The general surgeon came in to talk to me and said that because it was my gall bladder they would wait until I had the baby before they operated to remove it. But that they would induce me at 37 weeks so they could operate sooner. This upset me because I was really looking forward to this labour happening on its own without any pitocin or interventions to force it along. But I knew I would do it if it was best for me and the baby,
They also thought there was a possibility of it being my appendix and they said if that was the cause I would have to have surgery that very night. That scared me so badly. I was an emotional wreck. I didn't want them to operate when I was 29 weeks pregnant, what if something happened to the baby or it put me into labour? I was really worried.
They then had me get an MRI and let me tell you that was one of the scariest things I have ever done. It was so small and confined and it took all my ability to force my eyes shut and breathe deeply and try to relax as best as I could so I didn't have a panic attack.
Once those results came back it outruled appendiscitis and we were so relieved. That meant no surgery! They said they also saw a kidney stone in addition to the gall stones and that it looked like I had a kidney infection. So best case scenario is what we got.
They have me on antibiotics and have been monitoring me since yesterday. My white blood cell count was extremely high due to the infection (17.8...and it should not be more than 11) and this morning it dropped to 15.2 and just now I got the results from my last blood draw and it is down to 11.8 so things are working. I am still in pain. My side still hurts and I still have aches and am weak but the pain meds are helping take the edge off and if I continue to improve then they will discharge me tomorrow.
Great news that I didn't have to have a surgery and that the baby was and is fine and healthy throughout all of this. I only pray that I can recover from this quickly and things don't get worse. So glad it is not worse than it is. Any prayers offered on mine and my babys behalf would be much appreciated.
Yikes! Will be thinking good thoughts for both of you! I do hope you continue to get better and are able to make it through the end of the pregnancy without any further complications!
Mara & Joel, 2009
I had gallstones while pregnant with my son. They were discovered at 24 weeks and I gave birth at 36 weeks. It was not fun as his feet were at my gallbladder. If you have questions about my experience just PM me.
Hugs. It is not fun while pregnant but once you have the surgery all will be good.
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"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." Caroline Myss
How awful! I'm glad it turned out to be the best of the scenarios! Hopefully you're able to recover quickly!
Oh no! Glad it turned out OK and you're on the mend, but sorry you had to go through that!
Ouch. That doesn't sound pleasant. Will the pain go away until the surgery can happen later? I'm glad they don't have to do it know and that all is well with LO.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
The general surgeon just came in and I asked him that exact question about whether or not the pain in my side will be there the rest of the pregnancy...he said there may be some light discomfort until the baby is born...depending on whether or not the baby and uterus are putting too much pressure on my kidney. I am hoping they send me home with some type of pain prescription since tylenol doesn't often cut it and I can't take Ibuprofen while pregnant. It looks like I get to go home today but we are just waiting on the head OBGYN over my midwifes office to make the final call. I am expecting him in here soon. I am still in pain but the side ache is manageable and my overall body aches aren't as bad as they were. I think I will do much better recovering at home in my own bed with my own pillow. My neck is hurting a lot and I think it is from these flat hospital pillows. Hope that is all it is. Will update when I am home again. Thank you for all the kind words.
I hope you continue to feel better! I had a small kidney stone when I was pg with DS, and I drank a TON of water and it eventually dissolved/passed on its own. I think the pain of the kidney stone was worse than labor. I remember sitting on the couch unable to find ANY position where I wasn't in pain and just swearing like a sailor! I bet the worst of your pain is the kidney stone. I know gall stones are uncomfortable, but from what I hear it is a more manageable type of pain? In any case, so glad you don't need emergency surgery and I hope you are still able to have a natural birth. Is it definite that they will induce, or will they wait and see how you are doing physically?
I don't think they are planning to induce anymore since they don't plan to operate. Unless my gall bladder flares up or I have some other issue. So hopefully I will just go into labour on my own.
Update: The head OBGYN came in this morning and told me that they don't want me to leave the hospital unless I have gone 24 hours with no fever. Since my last fever was last night around 8pm, they don't want me to leave until tonight. When I heard that, I was very discouraged and emotional. I just want to get back home. I miss my kids so much and they miss me. I miss DH. I feel bad that he is tending them alone, etc. I know he is fine with it and just wants me to get better but it is hard feeling so helpless. So right now I am just praying that I don't get another fever today so that it doesn't push me back another day. Sigh...so frustrating, but I know they have me and the baby's best interests at heart. So if I am lucky I will get to leave this evening. Cross your fingers for me!
Glad everything's looking up and hopefully you are home now. I'm so glad to hear that they don't want to operate while you are prego.. a friend of mine had that happen a few years ago.. they ended up nicking her uterus during the gallbladder surgery and they pressured her into a c/s because of it.
Thinking good thoughts for you.
Jade, momma to Ariana 5/23/06 and Trystan 9/28/10