Friday, July 22, 2011

Two For The Price Of One

On Tuesday July 19th I took Sandy to the ER in Longview. She had been experiencing pain on the right side of the stomach area. Her symptom's pointed to a gallbladder problem. After several tests including a sonogram and CT scan it was determined her appendix was the culprit and needed to be removed. Since the gallbladder also showed it was inflamed they said we might as well remove it too.  Therefore two for the price of one.

Wednesday July 20th they wheeled her to OR and did Laparoscopic surgery to remove the two culprits . The total procedure lasted about 45 minutes.

Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy) removes the gallbladder and gallstones through several small incisions in the abdomen. The surgeon inflates your abdomen with air or carbon dioxide in order to see clearly.
The surgeon inserts a lighted scope attached to a video camera (laparoscope) into one incision near the belly button. The surgeon then uses a video monitor as a guide while inserting surgical instruments into the other incisions to remove your gallbladder.

They made a total of six small incisions in the stomach. She went through the procedure in flying colors. She did have quite a bit of discomfort. Her biggest pain while in the hospital was her IV needle.
They had a hard time finding a good vain and actually moved it twice during her stay. Her sister Pam brought her home Thursday July 21st. She is doing much better but still has a lot of gas though. Her stomach still appears to be blotted.

She can't lift anything over ten pounds and can not drive the car for awhile. So guess who gets to do the driving Yippee!!!!
Glad we are in a small town as I feel a little more comfortable when driving. Still make her nervous though particularly when cars are on my right side.

With the weather being so hot and Sandy not fully recovered, we will not do Canton First Monday next weekend. Our first time to miss in quite awhile. During the dog days of August we normally don't have that large of crowd anyway. If the outside temperature is in the 100's you can count on the temperature inside being 115F or better because of all the tarp back drops.

A big welcome to Kitty our 46th Blog Supporter. Glad to have you along.

Until next time. . . .MtnAire Travlers.


  1. Give Sandy our best and we are hoping for a speedy recovery.

  2. So glad to see everything went well with the surgery. Praying for a speedy recovery.

    Stay Safe

  3. On our prayer list, Sandy...get well soon!

  4. I'm glad Sandy is well on the road to recovery. I can't imagine sitting outside in those hot conditions.