Hi everyone, it's Lita today.
I have news to share about me, but today I want to talk about the Mom. I will post about me sometime soon, though, I promise!
On Friday night/Saturday morning, the Mom had some noms, and then she felt really horrible. She went to lay down because she thought it might make her feel better, but it made her feel WORSE. She tried petting me and laying there, but it just kept getting worse. The Mom took some medicine, but that didn't help. Neither did her normal tummy medicines.
She was crying and told D that the tummy pain wasn't going away! Then her tummy hurt so bad that she started yelling and screaming in agony. The Mom stressed ME out so much that I had an asthma attack. The Mom said she felt horrible about stressing me, but she hurt so much that she could not keep from yelling. She would NOT make a good cat, friends. She can't hide her pain well like we do!
The Mom told D to call the ambulance, and then they came right away. She threw on her flip-flops and went out on the stretcher, crying loudly. The Mom must really love us, though.....'cause between her screams of agony, she said, "The babies!!!!" when D had the apartment door open. What a nice Mom she is, worrying about us.
The people gave her some powerful medicine on the way to the hospital, and the Mom felt a LOT better after that, but her tummy still hurt. Then the hospital doctor gave her a GI cocktail that numbed all her tummy! She said she didn't have any pain after that for a while, MOL!!
The doctor lady told the Mom she was going to look for something called gallstones. She found the Mom chalk full of them. So the doctor lady sent the Mom for a more intensive ultrasound where they found lots and lots of stones.
Then the doctor lady told the Mom she might have to stay in the hospital and have surgery right then and there! The Mom was starting to get scared - and worried about us.
Then THREE different medical peoples called "residents" came in to talk to the Mom and poke her tummy. She was getting pretty annoyed because they wouldn't let her have ANY water until they decided if she was going to have surgery or not, and it was taking them forever to decide. It took them THREE HOURS to decide to NOT give the Mom an emergency surgery. But they DID say that her gallbladder needs to come out.
The ER staff was not very good at all, so the Mom was quite anxious to meet the surgeon. She met with the surgeon yesterday (Tuesday). She said he was nice, matter-of-fact, knowledgeable, and seemed to care. And he is confident and experienced. They discussed the risks with her other medical issues, and he says that they are minimal. They discussed her symptoms, and it seems she has been having symptoms for months, and the Mom is annoyed about that because she has been complaining about her tummy pain for at least a year, and her old resident (primary care doctor) did not even bother to do any kind of ultrasound - she just sent the Mom away with no follow-up.
The Mom and the surgeon set a date, and the Mom will be having the surgery on October 5. She will be having a robot do the surgery. She says that is a little scary, even though the surgeon will be controlling it the whole time.
The surgeon gave her some medication for her gallbladder, but her insurance does NOT cover it. So the Mom is just hoping and praying she does not have any more attacks before the surgery!
The Mom is nervous about it all. A lot of her friends said that they felt a lot better when they had theirs taken out, though, and that makes her feel a little better. The Mom says she doesn't know if she worries more about herself or us when we go under the anesthesia.
We are purring hard for the Mom and trying to make her less anxious. Won't you join us?