My mom went into the ER Sunday and was admitted with gall stones. The stone that is lodged in her bile duct is so big that Holland Hospital is unable to get it out (they made an attempt today at 11:00am). They will be sending her to GR to have it removed tomorrow. She will then be scheduled for her gall bladder to be removed hopefully no later than Wednesday. In the meantime, her liver is not functioning properly due to the stone, causing her to be very jaundice.
Tomorrow I will be spending the day with dad, trying to make the waiting game go by easier for him.
Please send prayers for mom (Sheryl Price) to have a smooth procedure tomorrow, safe surgery, and a quick recovery.
Ralph, she went to St. Mary's. The nurses there were very, very nice. The gastroenterologist was extremely nice as well and did a fantastic job at breaking up the lodged stone. The stone was basically the size of a shooter marble.
I don't think they knew what to do with the three of us. We were laughing more than anything. The two nurses we dealt with said "this is nice or a change..." and when we left she said, "it was really great having you guys here." I don't think I've ever heard that come from nursing staff - ever.
We (mom and I) also had to harass (a good harass) the ambulance drivers that transported her to and from the procedure. Again, they appreciated the fun humor.
At any rate - tomorrow she should be on the schedule for the gall bladder removal surgery. If not, for sure on Thursday. After surgery they will keep her for 24 hours for observation.
Surgery was at 7:30am this morning. Mom was a trooper. Surgeon told dad and I that her gall bladder was chucked full of stones (about 8 that were golf ball size) and that her gall bladder couldn't have possibly worked for the last year. She is going to feel like a million bucks in 2 weeks. Because she has had so much done over the last 4 days, they are keeping her until tomorrow for observation. Better to be safe than sorry.
This evening she was eating solid foods for the first time in just over a week.
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