My husband has a large gall stone, that he's been dealing with for almost a year. I'm proud to say that with careful control over what he eats he's been symptom free for about eight months. When his symptoms slowly started up again and gradually became worse, we knew that it was time to lose the gall bladder. Why keep it? It no longer worked.
He was starting to lose weight (fast) but we assumed it was because he had cut down on eating. You see, when he doesn't eat, he's not in much pain. And the pain was preventing him from sitting for long and forget about lying down which he wasn't sleeping at night and often took naps through out the day.
This was different because he doesn't complain of pain-ever and he is NOT a nap taker.
When he passed out at a party, we continued with the assumptions that "well, he's not eating, so it's from that."
Easy outpatient Gall bladder surgery, they told us. So we scheduled it for this week. We were looking forward to yanking that bad boy out so that he would finally be on the road to recovery. We planned to order a Nanci's Chicago Style pizza the next week to celebrate.
Our doctor had a gut feeling that maybe something more might be going on because she told us that he was just too sick for it to be only his gall bladder and she scheduled a CT scan with contrast.
Earlier this week, the day before gall bladder surgery, our doctor called and told us to come in because she had the results from the scan.
I suspected that this might not be a good thing and I was right.
She told us that she cancelled surgery for the following day because even though he has a bad Gall bladder the mass on his pancreas looks like cancer. In otherwords, he had bigger problems to deal with.
She told us that we needed to see a pancreas specialist surgeon ASAP.
My world turned completely upside down.
I will admit that I am so scared right now that it's hard to think positive, but I know that I need to do that.
When something like this happens no appointment comes fast enough. Specialized surgeons are busy people and their schedules are set up to see patients once maybe twice a week and the other days are set to do surgeries. I understand this but I don't have to like it.
Tomorrow we have two different appointments and one is for a biopsy.
We are either going to get some promising news or it's going to be our worse fears come true.