Saturday, June 14, 2008


I had my gallbladder removed Thursday morning. I became more and more nervous and scared as the day came closer. Wednesday, I was an emotional mess and that night I hardly slept. Tears were falling down my face as the anesthetic took effect.

My fears were the result of previous experiences with general anesthetic--waking up to nauseousness and vomitting and taking forever to heal--but to my amazement, as awareness began coming to me in the Recovery Room, I was not sick at all. It pays to tell the anesthesiologist how anesthetic has affected you in the past. She gave me a concoction of drugs to prevent the nausea and it worked! Thank you Jesus!

I continue to be amazed at how well I am doing. Yes, simple things tire me and now, at home, without morphine at the touch of a button, I'm hurting more but I don't feel sick. I was even able to cook my own cereal this morning. God is good.

I bought a pile of Christian novels to read while I recover--thinking that my brain would be too groggy for anything meatier. I think I'll share some of them with you.


Thursday's Child said...

Recover quick! If you haven't read them already, I highly recommend The Lion of Judah Trilogy by Francine Rivers. But be must have the 2nd book handy and ready to go before you finish the first. (Not an experience I want to repeat.)

Debbie Haughland Chan said...

Thank you, Thursday's child! I've read a couple of Francine Rivers' books and none of them have disappointed me. I appreciate the suggestion. With so many books and writers it's hard to know which to choose when you can't read them all.

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Yadah said...

I trust you're doing better. So glad to hear you finally were able to get this surgery! Happy reading!!

Debbie Haughland Chan said...

Thanks, Yadah! I've been wondering how YOU are.