Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Maybe I shouldn't have harassed the UofU staff with my BYU shirt after all. While convalescing at our home this weekend, my friend who had her gallbladder removed got suddenly and violently ill. Throwing up, super bad pain. We had to drive clear up to the U to get her to the ER (darn insurance!!!) Turns out the surgeon missed a gallstone. What? And I specifically asked him if he retrieved ALL the stones. I did. Here is how it went:

Surgeon: The operation took a little longer than normal. She had some stones in her common bile duct and the new piece of equipment we have to retrieve the stone wasn't sterile. We had to wait for it to be sterile, then got the stones out of the bile duct.

Me: Ok. Did you get ALL the stones?

Surgeon: Yes, we did.

Wrong Again!! She had to have an ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) yesterday. Basically, they put a tube down your throat, find the stone, and extract it.

Poor thing! On Saturday, we waited in the ER (she was pretty doped up) for 6 hours waiting for a CT scan. Then they finally tell us that it didn't matter what the CT said, the blood work showed elevated liver enzymes and bilirubin, which is suspicious for retained stone, so they were going to admit her.

You couldn't tell us that hours ago? They could have admitted her and I could have gone home.

As it turns out, I'm a pretty selfish person and sitting on a folding chair in the ER wasn't my idea of a good time. I wanted to go home so bad. We did, however, watch several fun shows on HGTV. I'm loving that station! I've heard about it, but never watched anything on it before. We also watched this reality show about girls trying out for the DCC, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader. Craziness! Tight abs, tight bods, lots of blonde hair, but not exclusively blonde. Not my life, will never be my life, and I'm okay with that.

Yesterday: I interviewed for a new job within my department at work. The job is part of a new team wherein we do quality assurance for the department. This means reading through medical reports and assuring there are no typos, missed words, misspelled words, etc. This new job would put my degree to good use, and my natural abilities! :) And, I wouldn't have to type as much. Now that sounds good!


Julie J. said...

How did the interview go? Did they have that computer program hooked up or you?

McGiven Family.... said...

I am so glad you applied for the job! I am excited to have that part of our job intact. How is your new schedule. So far mine is pretty good...last night I worked until 1:00 a.m. YUCK! Today I am tired!

Bridget said...

I hope you get the job! Can you still work from home? Is there a raise involved?

hyker said...

I've seen that DCC show before. It's so lame that it really makes me laugh. Hope you get the job.

Holley, Dane Brien & Wesley Berry said...

OUCH! I've never had gall bladder trouble but I've had kidney stones and if they are anything alike, your friend probably felt like she was DYING a slow and torturous death! I'm glad they finally got her some help and treatment. I too hate waiting in the ER. It just slays me how long it takes. I've had a lot of experience in that area because I have a daredevil son who has had us in the ER at least once ever year since he was 7 and in a "good" year it can be 2 or 3 times.

HGTV is great...but because it is rather addictive and withdrawl can be difficult! This time of year its really easy to overdose because they have all their cool decorating for the holidays shows and stuff. BE CAREFUL! I've wasted many a Saturday glued to HGTV!