It has been quite a while since I have updated this blog and for that, I am sorry. I will try to be more vigilant in the future and more consistent in my posts. I need to make a commitment to write for at least 10 minutes a day, no matter what.
Anyhow, on to recent developments. One of the main reasons that I haven’t been posting a lot lately is that things have been going so well. Seriously. I have been consistently working out 3 to 5 times a week. Running, swimming, biking, all of it. I was feeling that I was in the best shape of my life. But, as usual for me, there is always a wrench to be thrown in.
On Saturday (February 19, 2006) I started my day with a meeting for the fire department where I work (part-time). Shortly before the end of the meeting, I started to feel a little uncomfortable pressure in my abdomen, which, with my previous weight-loss surgery, was not that unusual. I attributed it to eating a little differently over the previous few days. After getting home, having lunch, and starting to feel much, much worse, I drove myself to the local hospital ER. After the ER docs got me some pain medication and ran some tests, I found out that I had Gallstones and that was causing the pain. They discharged me, told me to get an appointment with my doctor, and gave me some pain medication. I went home. End of story, right? Not even close…
Sunday, I woke up with a dull ache in my gut which I attributed to the previous days issues and trauma. However, the pain continued throughout the day, got worse after lunch, and then I started running a fever which continued on into the evening. By Monday morning the pain was manageable but ever present, and the fever had increased to over 101 degrees. I called my doc and he told me to back to the ER right away. So, at 9:30 am on Monday morning I drove myself back to the ER to be checked out again.
Turns out I had Cholecystitis. This is an inflammation/infection in the gallbladder, and it meant that my gallbladder needed to be removed – soon. So, a few hours later I was in surgery and the darn thing was removed. The entire procedure was done laproscopically, so I don’t have any major incisions or wounds to worry about. Thankfully, I should heal quickly.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress.