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Friday, March 5, 2010

3/5/10 Friday Facts

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- DD may have a potential interview for a job down in Virginia...fingers crossed that it's for enough money that she can afford to relocate.

- You were right, my gallbladder definitely needs to be looked at by a surgeon as my next step (as if there's any doubt what a surgeon will say hmmm). She gave me the name of one at our hospital and I told her I'd already made an appt. with my LB surgeon since I know his title say 'Bariatric and Laproscopic Surgery' (at the same hospital). She thought for sure that he wouldn't do GB surgery since they all 'specialize', so I called when I got home...he does...I'd rather go with someone who isn't going to mess up my LB while they're in there!

- I'm still my own worst enemy. One of my sister's is having a problem with several ovarian cysts. I'd just found out in passing at my PCP visit that a lower abdominal scan I'd had a year ago showed an ovarian cyst (I've got lots of breast cysts so I know they would have told me if it had been something of concern). I just wanted to know how big, etc. in case it mattered as 'family history' for my sis, and I told her that. Now the Doc wants me to do another lower abdominal scan on Monday, just to make sure the pain I was having isn't from something else (my breast cysts are painful at times, but is another scan for a tiny cyst necessary?). Why do I bother to ask questions?!!!

- And if you didn't know enough about my innards, I have a small hemangioma on my liver...nothing to fret about, might have been born with it...it just makes me 'special'.

- I picked up my films for the surgeon on my way home and thought I would share a few images with you (just in case you're laying there on the imaging table like I was trying to figure out what channel is on that TV)...You know me...Yes, of course I have...I've been Googling 'gallstone images'. Apparently this collection of 'pearls for my necklace' are gallstones (I'm thinking there are enough for a pretty nice necklace there) since it says 'gallbladder'...but who knows...that could also be my stomach and the magic beans I ate the day before.


- Happy weekend all!

15 comments:

Drazil said...

I nominated you for an award. See my blog for details.

amandakiska said...

Hope you're feeling better.

Camille said...

Whoa! Nice Gallstones! Good job on finishing boot camp. You Rock!

diane said...

Love the stones! Yes a hemangioma is just a clump of blood vessels which is exactly the same as a port wine stain birthmark...you just have one on your liver!

Anonymous said...

I would go to Dr. I wanted thats for sure. I had my LB DR. do another surgery for me too. I felt better knowing he knew what he is doing.

Nice pics. I hope you feel better soon. imaluckydog

TJ said...

One thing to note is that Polycystic Ovaian Syndrome can run in families so it is good to have another scan just to make sure your little cyst isn't something more.

Also since PCOS is mostly an endocrine disorder (not a reproductive disorder like many docs describe it) it can mess with your hormones - including insulin. When I was a freshman in high school I was passing out all the time. It took them years to figure out it was my blood sugar and almost a decade to connect it to my PCOS. Hopefully your being off your b/p meds will do the trick, and my warning will be for nothing!

Sandy Lee said...

I don't know-are you sure that isn't a baby? Looks like all those other Ultrasounds that all the newly pregnant girls pass around. I can never make out a fetus but I'll say the same as I tell them. Oh yes-I can see it now, how cute! But if you say there are stones on that pic, I'll believe you.

Best idea to go with the same surgeon as the lapband. Were they able to see the band on Ultrasound?

Jacquie said...

Just don't let anyone every remove your sense of humor! You are my hero...keep smiling and avoid boot camp at all costs..lol!

Rebekah said...

I love it!! A gall-stone necklace!! haha

Bonnie said...

It's awesome you have someone to take classes with. I really need to get a gym buddy.

Band Groupie said...

Diane- Port wine stain birthmark...cool description, thanks! My oldest sister has one of those on her face...twinsies!

TJ- Thanks for the info. I'll have to look up PCOS, I had just assumed it was a reproductive disorder aggrivated by excess weight, thanks!

Sandy Lee- Dear girl, you crack me up daily! I had a hysterectomy, but I've decided to try and outdo OctoMom and am now harboring my 12 little fetuses safely in my gallbladder...they are cute, aren't they?

Band Groupie said...

Whoops, missed one...

Bonnie, I'll be your buddy if you need someone to pant and hold your water bottle for you!

GTG...my 'big boy' will be home any minute (Spring Break).

Gen said...

Very impressive gallstones! I had no idea what was on the ultrasound pics when I got my scan...and they never gave me pics to take home! What cute little babes you have there!

My surgeon obviously was not the same as my LB surgeon...he said it was "interesting" to see the lapband while he was in there, but he "didn't touch anything" related to the lapband, he said. As long as your LB surgeon does tons of GB surgeries as well, go with him. Otherwise, I would go with the surgeon with the most GB experience - it is a simple surgery but you know they can "nick" other organs and cause problems so you want the best! I don't think your lap band is really an issue as far as the surgery goes.

Good luck with this!

Girl Bandit said...

Holy Crap....look at those little buggers!!!! One of the best surgeries I ever saw was on a dog with bladder stones....I even got to wash them. Now dont take my excitement too badly...I really feel for you and now another ultrasound too.....you take care...ok??? Thanks so much for the award...you are so sweet and rightback at you!!!!

Southern Belle said...

Wow! Lots of little stones in there. I hope you get all of your medical mysteries figured out soon

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