Thursday, January 19, 2012

Answers, Finally.

At long last, we finally know what's been going on with my youngest's health. The ultrasound on Friday revealed gallstones. The doctor's are all in agreement that the necessary course of action is to remove the gallbladder - sooner rather than later, because of the severity of her nausea/vomiting and weight loss. We met with the surgeon this afternoon, and she has a wonderful rapport with Bethany. She addressed all our questions and concerns, and now we await scheduling. Though still a bit fearful of surgery, Bethany is hugely relieved that "it's almost over". Her life has been drastically effected by this, and seeing a light at the end of the tunnel... well, she and I both shed a few tears over it. And having informed her secondary genetic donor, I am now free to blog about it ;-)  We are so thankful to finally know what's going on and have a path to fix it! Over the last many months, I've watched my vibrant daughter dim, slowly and steadily. It's been heartbreaking. The insane fears and what-if's that a teenager dreams up (haha, and her mom) can be paralyzing, and the reality is a relief.

The surgery will be short - about an hour to an hour and a half. It's laparoscopic, so they'll be leaving minimal scarring that will fade almost completely over time (if not totally completely - I can only find one of my scars after all these years). She'll be kept overnight, and we joked on the way home about the cooler I will sneak into the hospital if the nutrition provided doesn't meet my standards ;-)

The surgeon assured as that while she's in there, she'll also be "checking out" everything else, and Bethany's aftercare will involve the surgeon, our general doctor, and the G.I. doctor. She's well covered. I'm tellin' ya... we're pretty much giddy with relief in our house! Finally! The light at the end of the tunnel.
And it's not a train.

5 comments:

  1. I'm glad she's going to be ok! It's a terrible feeling when your child is sick, even after they're grown up.

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  2. I am glad you finally have some answers! I had that surgery a few years ago. If you have any questions let me know! I am sure all will go very well!

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  3. Thank God! I'm so glad she's gonna be able to feel like a normal kid soon!

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  4. oh i am so happy to hear yall have found an answer!!!i know it is scary when your child is sick and not much can be found!
    glad to know she will be OK,and i know both of you must feel such a sense of relief!!!

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  5. I'll keep her in my thoughts! Hope she feels better soon!

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