Throat Blog — A Fast Start to a Slow Week

Ok, I should never say that I expect an uneventful week. It just tempts fate too much. After expecting nothing much to happen this week, Sunday night when I went to bed I started getting some upper right abdominal pain. Not bad…nothing like the pain from the blood clot last year. But, it was dull pressure/pain that just kept getting a little worse. So, at midnight I dragged myself out of bed and drove over to the UTSW ER, which was pretty busy for a Sunday night. After about 30 minutes out in the waiting area I got an exam room.

Pain-wise, it still wasn’t horrible…maybe a 3 or 4, which is enough not to ignore but not really enough to beg for morphine. It always seems to surprise medical personnel when I turn down pain meds…I must have been asked 4 or 5 times if I was sure I didn’t want something for the pain.

After repeating my medical history 3 or 4 times (I’m getting too good at that) labs were taken. Then, about an hour later, got an abdominal CT and a chest X-ray. Around 3:30 AM the pain started going down the scale…back to a 1 or 2 (if I thought about it I could feel the discomfort, but if I hadn’t been in the ER I could have slept through it). Finally, around 5:30AM and after finding nothing particularly remarkable on the CT (small gallstones but nothing in the bile ducts that would explain the discomfort) they sent me home.

Well, they said “we’re sending you home.” In reality, I went to Starbucks and had breakfast then drove the 10 minutes to my office, where I crashed on the floor for a couple of hours before getting up and working for most of a day.

So, after all that busy-ness on Monday…the rest of the week was pretty quiet. They did schedule me with a GI specialist on Monday, so maybe will get some clues as to what is causing my gut issues this week. And, my quarterly follow up with my Radiation Oncologist is Tuesday. I’m tempted to say “I don’t expect anything particularly eventful” from that appointment, but I’ve learned my lesson about tempting fate.

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