My sixteen year old daughter and I are going tomorrow to speak with a pediatric surgeon about getting her gallbladder removed.
She has been having pain and nausea for about a year, and has had two endoscopies and a colonoscopy to try to figure out what is wrong with her. They suspected Crohn's Disease because her twelve year old sister has it, but her colon looked good. In September, they found bacteria called h pyelori, and thought that was it, but the pain was still there when they got that cleared up.
I told the doctor that her pain appeared to be just like the pain I was having with my gallbladder before I had it taken out three years ago. She really didn't think that was what it was because my daughter is very thin, and of course, she's just a kid. But to rule it out, they did an ultrasound and hida scan of her gallbladder last Tuesday. She said that if it was her gallbladder, they would treat it with medication because they really don't like to do gallbladder surgery on a child.
Wednesday morning I got a call from the pediatric surgeon saying that I needed to set up an appointment to come see them. I called her doctor to see if they would tell me the results of the tests over the phone. They said that not only is her gallbladder bad, it isn't functioning at all. The only thing they can do is take it out. She has been so tired for so long, and I'm hoping this will fix that problem as well.
So, add this to our seemingly never-ending list of crazy setbacks and problems we seem to have been having for more than the past ten years. I know it could be worse, and I don't want to complain. But sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have just a normal day-what would that even look like? Someone tell me, please! :-)