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I've been out of commission for a few weeks. No, I didn't get arrested for trafficking in illegal BBM DVDs. I was felled by something I usually savor - bile! That's right, folks, I may no longer have the wherewithal to snark.


Three weeks ago, I was awoken at 5AM by a severe, stabbing, sickening pain in my abdomen. My sister told me it was probably my gall bladder. After suffering for a few hours and finally puking, I went to the emergency room. After a not-so-horrible wait, I was told that it was, indeed, my gall bladder and that I would, in due course, have to have it removed. But they insisted they did not want to do it "emergently." (Due to a desire not to antagonize people who might hold my life, or gall bladder, in their hands, I refrained from screaming that they weren't using that word properly.)

They sent me home with instructions to see my PCP, see a surgeon and see them in about six weeks or so. And with a prescription for Percocet! I felt pretty confident. Despite a few snafus in the ER, I had been treated at the second-best hospital in this medical capital - and the Number 12 hospital in the country!

After being home for not more than five minutes, I got a call from one of the "Emergent" Room doctors, telling me to immediately return to the hospital to be admitted. Turns out that they didn't bother reading one of my tests until after I left, and my lipase level was "off the charts," indicating acute pancreatitis, something I associated with excessive alcohol consumption. After hours of telling doctors that I hardly ever drink, I was convinced they'd think I was a lying lush! Turns out that gall stones are one of the two most common causes of pancreatitis. And the treatment is hospital admission, and no eating or drinking - anything - until order is restored. Without treatment, it could have been curtains!

So I had no choice but to go back to the hospital, where I remained for four and a half days while they went back and forth on what procedures to perform and when. Ironically, I experienced no pain and no symptoms in my entire hospital stay. My vital signs were all perfect, my blood work all came down to normal very quickly. But because of the severity of the attack, they kept insisting they wanted to do something. But they never actually did anything.

Finally, after what my sister called "a week at a very Spartan spa," I was released, with the name of the hospital's best surgeon for what I needed (laparoscopic gall bladder removal). Finally, on Tuesday, I underwent the surgery. Since then, I've been recuperating. I'm still sore and a bit dizzy, but I stopped taking the painkillers. I have no idea how anyone could get hooked on Percocet. Without increasing the TMI factor of this post, let's just say the side effects are not worth the narcotic bliss.

Despite some alarming mistakes, I have to applaud the staff of the Brigham, especially the nurses and aides. They were all incredibly kind and gentle, reassuring and skillful. As were most of the doctors...

Anyway, I'm slowly getting back to normal life, but I can't seem to stop sleeping. (I know it's 4:30AM as I type this, but I slept all afternoon. I did at least get to take a long walk on this beautiful day.)

So, that is the very long, very boring story of "How I spent my early spring." I will try to achieve the same levels of snark and sarcasm I managed before the removal of all that gall! I'll trust my f-list to provide the requisite support.

I hope you are all enjoying better times. I'll try not to be such a stranger : )

ps Thanks to Stark for spreading the word for me. And hello to all the SZ newcomers on my f-list.

Date: 2006-04-16 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mousie962.livejournal.com
So glad you're feeling better!!

Date: 2006-04-16 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mymzee.livejournal.com
ccSarah! I'm so glad that you're getting better! Fran was keeping me updated on what was happening to you. You've been very missed.

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Date: 2006-04-18 05:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Thanks, Jess! I'm glad you got to go home for Passover and a family visit.

And I love AJ's gown in your icon.

Date: 2006-04-16 01:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] noir-moll.livejournal.com
I'm sure you came through the procedure with your snark mojo fully intact. Just wait until the next time the PWs use Stabler as their whipping boy, the bile levels will rise as if you had the most pristine gall bladder known to man. ;)

Within the last ten years both of my parents had their gall bladders removed, so I wonder if that may be something in my future. Also, your story made me remember that in high school I took the tape of my mom's surgery for my anatomy class to watch. It was a great way to get out of taking notes for a day.

Date: 2006-04-18 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
You were correct in your bile assessment - just finished reading a few annoying SVU fanfics, and managed to get as annoyed as ever!

About the future of your gall bladder - I think family history is a factor. As for that tape story, I can't believe your teacher didn't send you to the school counselor! And no, I won't be posting my surgical debut on YouTube. I sincerely hope there is no videotape evidence of the procedure!

Date: 2006-04-16 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sravenk.livejournal.com
There is no operation in this world that could de-bile you enough to lose that snarque. Um, if that sentence made any sense. It turned out to be a more complex pattern than it had seemed in my head as I scoffed at the idea of a snarque-free UV. And it just makes me giggle that in the midst of an attack that could have been curtains, as you say, you still had the good sense to comment internally on erroneous word usage. Ha! That's my Master.

On a more serious note, I am sure glad it wasn't curtains! Welcome back.

Sentence structure be damned!

Date: 2006-04-18 05:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
HA! Look at your icon. I love it. That just rocks. I can't stop smirking. I'm so glad I avoided the curtains long enough to appreciate it.

Thanks for everything!

Date: 2006-04-16 03:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] debaser28.livejournal.com
I didn't know you were sick! I should have checked your flist more often.
But I'm glad to know that you're feeling better, now.

Welcome back!:)

Date: 2006-04-18 05:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Thanks, Ana Paula. It feels good to be back in circulation, even if it's just baby-steps. Or baby-posts.

Date: 2006-04-16 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tracy-rowan.livejournal.com
Oh good lord, I'm sorry it's been such a rough spring for you. Glad things are better now.

Date: 2006-04-18 05:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Thanks so much, Dargie! The afternoon here turned sunny and gorgeous, so I went for a long walk. Felt exhausted afterwards, but it is nice to be able to go out and enjoy it.

Date: 2006-04-16 04:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mantaraggio.livejournal.com
This is so weird. I totally had a dream about you last night. I had a dream that you sent me an email, which is weird, like, who dreams about getting emails (besides someone as pathetically addicted to the internet as me)? For some reason the email contained a picture of my friend Jesse playing drums that you had found while reading the forums for BBM on IMDb. Seriously. This was my dream. And then I woke up, and you had posted. I'm like, psychic and shit.

Glad to have you back, UV.

Date: 2006-04-18 05:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Hee! You are psychic, but not in the way you think. I am actually Jesse, playing an elaborate prank on you!

Okay, I'm not. But you wondered for a minute - didn't you? You know you did.

Thanks for psychically prompting my LJ return, Manta!

Date: 2006-04-16 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lostingeekdom.livejournal.com
Oh honey, trust me. One return visit to TWOP and your bilewill beback in full flow. Our friend Rob seems to have marshalled a few of his troops in there and the Elliot hating and Mariska attack is back. [livejournal.com profile] coolbyrne and I are giving it a fight, but we need reinforcements.

Date: 2006-04-16 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badtyler.livejournal.com
Medical fact: There is no way to permanently remove your snark.

I'm so glad you're recovering from what musy have been a bit more
horrific than you described, but I'll attribute that to the Percocet
and not wanting to go all TMI on us. *g*

And I agree: the side effects suck. But at least you got the heavy artillery
and not just Tylenol with codeine!

And stay tuned for a new drabble inspired by the last ep of 'Conniption'!
The PWs outdid themselves. I'm sending in Elliot to make it right!

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snark is the answer!

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Date: 2006-04-16 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linnyb.livejournal.com
Boy, getting your gall bladder just to be more like Chris Meloni? Your fanness knows no bounds. Hey, you can say it was "necessary" all you want. *I* know the truth ;)

If your snark needs any building up, we (me and my flsit) found a few more of Rob's alternate personalities that you can check out on my LJ, if'n'when you're up to checking it out. Feel better! *Smooches*

Date: 2006-04-16 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linnyb.livejournal.com
Getting your gall bladder REMOVED. I meant to say.

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Date: 2006-04-16 04:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luci-2.livejournal.com
Just like Linny, I have my suspicions why you had your gall blader removed *g*.

Seriously, I didn't know you were sick.
You've been missed.
Do get better soon.

And your life story is very useful : my gall blader is giving me trouble lately, and I learned a few things from you.

Date: 2006-04-18 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Man, you are all so suspicious. And I'm so sweet and sincere. ::whistles innocently::

Thanks for the welcome back, and good luck with your own gb woes!
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Date: 2006-04-18 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Hey you! This hasn't been a great 2006 for us, medically-speaking, has it?! But spring's here, and it's baseball time, so thins have to be looking up. (Not too far up for your Yankees, though, I hope!)

Wow, it's so cool that you saved your aunt. It must have been scary, though. What a good niece you are!

Date: 2006-04-16 05:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rileyc.livejournal.com
Well, hey, at least you have something in common with Chris Meloni now. ;)

Glad to hear you're feeling better, though, and I'm sure your snark will come back in full force.

Date: 2006-04-18 06:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Thanks so much, Rebecca. And a belated Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you had a great day.

Date: 2006-04-16 07:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] audragoren.livejournal.com
The Brigham is a great hospital. I've stayed there. Glad your doing better!

Date: 2006-04-18 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Thanks, Audra! You've probably had your fill of hospital talk by now. But even though they made a few mistakes, I am happy to be close to such a good hospital.

Date: 2006-04-17 01:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theniwokesoftly.livejournal.com
Eep! I'm glad you're ok!

Date: 2006-04-18 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm glad, too : )

Date: 2006-04-17 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aivilo-18.livejournal.com
::makesout::

I'm so glad to know you're feeling better, UV!

Date: 2006-04-18 06:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Mmm - now I really do feel better : ) Thanks, doll.

Date: 2006-04-17 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] caliban22170.livejournal.com
Aw...having things removed is unpleasant. I'd offer the traditional dildo gift basket, but maybe you should have some time to get better first.

Date: 2006-04-18 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Hee! And how sick is it that I can't stop imagining what the different dildo gift baskets would, er, entail. So to speak. I think you might have the makings of a great online business there.

Screw dentistry - bring on the dildos!

Date: 2006-04-17 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theholyinnocent.livejournal.com
Oh dear! Are you sure you weren't imbibing copious amounts of Cliquot, perhaps to get you through the tortuous season of SVU? (Well, the bloody stuff is expensive...and why waste it on TV? Okay, you were drinking Mad Dog again, right?)

I'm very relieved and happy that you got through everything all right, and with your snark intact. (We know you would never go "emergently" into that good night!) You'll be back to 100% before you know it.

Hmm, none of those top hospitals are in the NYC area...very annoying, that.

Date: 2006-04-18 06:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
You know, I have a bottle of Veuve in the refrigerator. I was supposed to open it on Oscar night, when BBM took the big award.

Sigh.

I should pop the damned thing open and have it tomorrow, damn it!

And if I really did have my snark intact, I'd make some kind of insensitive comment about the lack of top medical facilities in NYC. But that just wouldn't be right.

Plus, as I just noticed, there actually is one - five above mine (http://www.usnews.com/usnews/health/best-hospitals/directory/glance_6210024.htm).

But we're still number three. Or something.

Hmm....

Date: 2006-04-17 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] franwi.livejournal.com
The fact that you can applaud them after "alarming mistakes" I shall blame on those painkillers. But I'm certainly glad you're recovering without incident! Getting older certainly seems to suck, doesn't it?

Well, maybe Steve here can make you feel a little better. Okay, so it's not Steve Burton but who the hell are you to turn down a compliment?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNj5E4eNdPs

Again, pause, let it load fully, then resume. :)

Re: Hmm....

Date: 2006-04-18 06:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
I know, I know, I shouldn't be so forgiving. And I really do think it was an egregious error that they sent me home from the ER initially. And some of the other mixups were scary. But in the end, I had two really cool female surgeons and great nurses and aides. So I give them an overall high mark.

Who knew I'd be such a generous grader?!

That YouTube video is hilarious. How cool would it beif we had one with Steve B. saying that! (I'm sure Mo probably has a personal one, hee.)

Speaking of Sonson, have you been watching GH? Because it's really good these days.

And that's NOT the painkillers, I swear.

Oh my, are you SURE?

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Date: 2006-04-17 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cabenson.livejournal.com
Glad you are feeling better. I second the wonder of how people get hooked on Percs. EVERY type of narcogesic painkiller that I have taken for my back causes me to itch so much that I simply can't enjoy the experience. In fact, they bother me so much, I only took one last weekend when we travelled and that was because we were stuck on the tarmac for 3 hours-and THAT is bad for my back.

Date: 2006-04-18 06:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Eek - I never got to congratulate you on ditching your old evil workplace, or co-worker, I should say. Or to congratulate you on your new gig. Or wish you a bon voyage for your NYC trip.

I'm a bad LJ friend!

I haven't talked to too many people who don't have a bad reaction to painkillers. I asked my sister (the nurse) if they did it on purpose so people wouldn't get hooked. But she didn't confirm my conspiracy theory, sadly.

Itch vs. pain!

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Date: 2006-04-17 10:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rustler.livejournal.com
Yikes! Welcome back, and grab that sleep while you can!

Date: 2006-04-18 06:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Thanks, R! Good advice on the sleep - something I'm sure you remember fondly : )

Date: 2006-04-28 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slammerkinbabe.livejournal.com
Oh my gosh this never posted to my flist!!!

Oh, I hope you're feeling better!

Date: 2006-05-26 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] slammerkinbabe.livejournal.com
Hey UV! You just took my poll so I KNOW you're online, ahaha. FYI, "Cabin Fever" is completed - not very well, mind you (I was stuck on a plane with nothing to do but write), but it is all done and up on svufiction, if you still care to see its completion. I hope you get your comments emailed to you, because otherwise you may never see this...

Date: 2006-06-19 07:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Man, how did I manage to skip this? I just read it and recced it on TWoP. Congrats to you! I liked the end - it's hopeful but hesitant. And I love the idea of them just finally kissing each other, unable to leave each other without some kind of physical contact.

Plus, I was happy that Elliot made an appearance. You always managed to treat their partnership/friendship with respect - something the idiots at the actual show should look into.

Anyway, I know you struggled to find the time and the inspiration to finish it, so kudos! I know people will be very happy to see it.

Sorry it took me so long to!

Date: 2006-05-27 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supersteph.livejournal.com
Hi! I know its been a few weeks since you posted this, but my husband has to have his removed on tues. So I'm glad you're doing better! Really, really glad:)

Date: 2006-06-19 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ultraviolet730.livejournal.com
Hey - I'm so sorry I didn't see this sooner. I hope everything went well for your husband. It's been a few weeks now, so I hope he's recovering nicely. Glad my experience provided some positive reinforcement!
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