posted on Jul, 5 2016 @ 11:29 AM
a reply to: Martin75
Yes, one of my issues is I have gallstones. Lots and lots of them, mostly small. But there's one big one that's over 1 1/4 inches long (33 mm) and
it's at least half an inch thick.
I know some might think of using a "gallbladder flush" treatment, but there is no way you can flush out a stone that big. The last thing I need is to
have it move and get lodged in a duct. People die from complications like that. So, I'll take the surgery. My Mum had the same thing cca 30 years ago
(ie,she was a little younger then than I am now) and had the op done and was absolutely fine afterwards. She's still getting along pretty well at
almost 88 years old.
Yes, there can be post-op complications but serious ones are rare. So, I look at the odds. If I refuse surgery and my condition takes a turn for the
worse, I could wind up with an infected gallbladder and/or liver complications or pancreatitis. And as I said, that can be fatal. So, although I'm no
fan of going under the knife, it's the better option.
The other op is for an unrelated condition and it's just a repair job, not to remove anything. The Dr told me she'll discuss details of when for that
one later as it's lower priority and not life-threatening for the time being.
Meanwhile, I've had some fun washing clothes by hand today. Our washing machine sprung a leak. Water all over the floor.
The outlet pipe has split.
Can't get parts today (national holiday), so the only choice was to do it all in the bathtub.