Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Staying Awake

It is way past my bedtime. Normally, I try to be in bed by about 9:30 although sometimes it is closer to 10:00. Tonight, I am going to try and make it until midnight because I am going to have a midnight snack. And then I plan on sleeping late, really late. There was a time, many years ago, when this behavior was fun, but at my age-it is just a chore. The silence of my house bids me to crawl into the comfort of my cool sheets. And my mind screams "DISOBEDIENCE!" at the thought of a midnight snack. But tonight, I prepare for a minor surgical procedure at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow

1:00 p.m.???


Sadly, I have been having gallbladder attacks. My recent ultrasound showed several "free floating" stones, approximately 9 mm in size. Tomorrow, they come out - along with with little organ that houses them.

I am thrilled!

For months, my stomach has tried to express frustration, and I was deaf. So...she screamed...very loudly one night - and for hours. I heard her all right! And woke my husband to request a ride to the local emergency department. However, my time spent working as a medical coder for a general surgery practice caused me to postpone that trip until near death; and since I didn't feel as if I would die - YET - I stayed at home. An appointment with my family doctor occurred that very day. It was only a matter of a day before I learned I had developed gallstones.

Boo hoo!

So, tomorrow is the day. But since I am nearly disabled without my morning coffee, and behave like a bear disturbed during hibernation when I don't eat, I am determined to sleep until the latest possible hour. I suspect there are bets being made by my family members and close friends; the ones who know that sleeping in for me is 7:30 a.m.

Ha! We will see if I can do it.

Whether I sleep or wake, if you read this before 1:00 on June 16 - please say a little prayer for me. I appreciate it. And I will be back soon and hopefully feeling well enough to do some REAL blogging. :)


Cindy said...

Hi Liz, Not too many years ago I DID have the paramedics take me to the hospital in the middle of the night because 'she' was telling me I had a problem. Gall-stones, PAIN!!! Not too many days later, 'she' with all of her little stone buddy's was removed from my body and WOW...what a difference. NO more Pain!!!
You will do well and I will be praying. I am quite sure you will be in excellent hands (The Fathers)
Blessings to you and Prayers to HIM, Cindy

grey like snuffie said...

Praying...I know someone who just got their gallbladder out and WOWZA were they happy and felt like a TOTALLY new person. They had struggled for a long time. So I pray that God who is able to do abundantly, creatively beyond what we can imagine...I pray He grants you the measure of grace you need to sleep through and be at peace before the surgery. May His Spirit guide the doctor and may all aspects of the procedure go according to His plan....Praying He be your strength as you recover, in Jesus name, AMEN

Lelia Chealey said...

Oh Liz. I'll be praying for you today!! Please let us know as soon as you can how you are doing.
Love you!!

Laura said...

Oh! Liz! I am praying for you! I hope this solves your problems and you feel better than ever!

Keep us posted.


linda said...

Just stopping by for the first time via Cindy and I read that you are having surgery. I hope that all went well and that you were able to sleep in.

Since I've always been a night owl, sleeping in would be no problem for me!