Monday, February 19, 2007

Gall-bladder free blogging since 2007

Light blogging from me the next couple of days because I'm going in for minor surgery this morning. Next time you hear from me I'll be blogging gall-bladder free. Until then, wish me luck and I'll be back soon.

UPDATE (2/20): Thanks so much for all who sent kind wishes via the comments and email. Gall bladders are removed as a day surgery these days, and I was back home by dinnertime. I'm doing just fine, though my belly's still pretty sore.

BTW, if you've not known someone who's had this done recently, this type of surgery, which used to be much more invasive, is a pretty impressive medical marvel. They make four small incisions - one through the belly button (Ouch! - still painful) and three spaced on the right side of the midsection. Then they pump your belly up like a tent with carbon dioxide through one incision, and through the others go a camera, light, and tools. The surgery is done by remote looking at a video screen. They didn't even use stitches to close me up, just something the surgeon described as a medical version of superglue. Pretty darn impressive.

Of course they're still removing an organ, even if it's one I didn't particularly need, and I definitely feel like somebody's been messing around in there. So I'm going to take it easy for another day or two and enjoy the great pain reliever drugs they give you after surgery. Hard to say how much blogging gets done in the meantime, but thanks again for the support, and rest assured more Grits will be coming your way soon.

16 comments:

kaptinemo said...

Good luck; my own gall bladder had turned traitor, too, and had to be taken out and executed as well. Take it easy...and lay off of greasy stuff, or you'll really regret it...

Anonymous said...

Best wishes in the recovery process Scott. I don't know if I'll enjoy breakfast as much without grits.

Take care.
A Loyal Follower

Anonymous said...

Surgery has improved a lot lately. You'll be good as new in no time! I look forward to your good health and I do enjoy grits for breakfast. Thanks for your good writing and research.

Charles Kuffner said...

Ouch! Good luck and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

sunray's wench said...

Best Wishes from over here too!

Anonymous said...

Never fear, the procedure is a piece of cake these days. Before long you will sucking on grits and feeling like a million.

Take care,
TDCJ Watcher

Poverty Lawyer 1 said...

Good luck, Scott. I'll be thinking about you.

thehim said...

Good luck, Scott. Hope you're back up and running soon.

Anonymous said...

you didnt need it anyway~

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800 pound gorilla said...

Why now? Why couldn't you have had this when my ISP connection was fouled up? I guess I can catch up on what's happening in the most dysfunctional criminal justice state while you are gone.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your work and your excellent reporting about TDCJ. Your blog is an everyday read at my house! Love it all! Keep up the good work and get well soon! The state of Texas needs your blog!

bearsbaby1

Catonya said...

Glad to hear the surgery went well. Wishes for a speedy recovery.

Anonymous said...

Best Wishes for a speedy recovery!!
Hope your up and running soon!





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BruceH said...

I had mine out a few years ago. Unfortunately for me, I waited until I had gall stones that would shame the gnarliest of kidney stones.

The pain was indescribable. I had to have dilotid before surgery and demorol after. Not to mention the darvoset they sent home with me.

Anyway, I'm glad yours went better than mine. A bit of advice: stock up on the GasX.

Anonymous said...

Scooter, Hope your up and running soon! THe great State of Dysfunction, aka: Texas, and it's law-makers need a watchdog and you're IT. Thanks for your informative and most of the time thought provoking blogs. PS. Did the governor order you to take the medications? hehe.....KG

Crawford's Take said...

Hey! I've had a hell of a week, so its been a while since I've been able to read other blogs so I missed this originally. Really sorry to hear you were ill! Happy it seems to have all gone smoothly.

Hope you recover quickly and that all else is well.

Take care of yourself Texas!