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06:00 pm: G&G's High Chair, Headshots, My Gallbladder, and EEK
Teddy doesn't like the high chair at his Grandma and Grandpa's house, and I can't figure out why. Can he not reach food quite the way he'd like? Is it uncomfortable? Or is there just too much other exciting stuff happening at their house to be confined?

We've been trying to get a new headshot of the wee supermodel, but he's Not Cooperating. Last time, we draped a white sheet over the fireplace, anchored it on the mantle with various tchotckes, plunked him down on it, flash flash flash, swell picture. This time? We draped a white sheet over the fireplace, he pulled off the sheet and various tchotchkes, wouldn't stay still, flash flash flash, crappy pictures. Moved him to the dining room, laid down a towel, flash flash flash, pictures looked fine, but turned out crappy (uneven light).

So we joined Sears Smile Savers club (twice the normal sitting fee, but you get "free" sittings for two years, as often as you like). We'll pick up the pictures in a couple of weeks.

Turns out that the excruciating episodes of upper abdominal pain I've had (but not blogged about, because, all evidence to the contrary, I don't want to be a whiner even though we all know I am one) are probably gallbladder attacks. I'll be getting an ultrasound next week to see if I have gall stones. If so, my doctor recommends that I get it removed to avoid cholecystitis.

Bummer, right?

That's nothing. In talking about it, my doctor said it's most common among women, closely associated with pregnancy, and middle age, which I'm approaching.

MIDDLE AGE. Holy creeping crud.

Speaking of crud... we have mice. Or did. I finally cleaned the linen closet, in which we store all manner of toiletries. The mice were eating the oatmeal bath. There were little mousy turds amongst the bath beads.

eeeeew.

Oh well, at least that closet door is locked... and there's no sign of critters anywhere else in the house.

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Current Music: Got to Be This or That (Benny Goodman)

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From:wendymarques
Date:January 26th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)

Yikes - Gallbladder!

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If it makes you feel any better, I had gallbladder attacks at age 22 and had to have emergency surgery since one of the 23 gallstones I apparently got stuck in the bile duct leading to my liver. Holy crap - talk about pain. Ranks right up there with labor. Anyway, I have had no negative impacts due to the removal of said organ. I had the surgery done laproscopically and it wasn't too terrible. Definitely not fun, and you probably won't be able to lift anything heavy for a couple of weeks, but all in all not a bad surgery. I was in the hospital for a couple of days (not usual) because I had an infection (had been having a non-stop attack for 2 1/2 days before the surgery).

I hope you feel better! Call me if you want to talk about your gallbaldder (or anything else for that matter)
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From:katehaney
Date:January 27th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)

I didn't know that!

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Sorry you went through it, but it's quite reassuring to know the surgery didn't have negative impact on you. I had laproscopic surgery for endometriosis a few years back, which wasn't too bad. Oh and my shoulder, too. Much faster recovery that way.

The doctor asked about the pain. I ranked labor after pitocin as a 10, and gallbladder attack at around 8.

Does 23 pounds count as heavy?? I can't imagine not being able to lift Teddy for 2 weeks!

If I need the surgery, I'll want to do it after Teddy is weaned, I suppose, and after our trip to Europe... but I wouldn't want to get an attack while I'm away.

BLARGH.
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