Mar 112010

I’ll be out of the office for a few hours tomorrow morning. After some severe discomfort/pain the other day, my doctor wants me to get my gall bladder checked out, so I’m going in early tomorrow for an ultrasound to see if I have gallstones.

Best case scenario: I have gallstones, and we schedule me to have my gall bladder removed.

If the ultrasound comes up negative, they’ll be immediately taking me in for another test, this one involving injecting a radioactive tracer and following it through my system to see how my liver and gall bladder are functioning. This involves an injection (thereby triggering my intense aversion to needles) and then a lot of waiting around while they take periodic pictures of my insides.

If that test comes up clear, then the problem was something other than my gall bladder and I don’t know what happens next.

If that test indicates a problem, I presume my gall bladder comes out then too. I’d obviously prefer that the first test be the one to determine that my gall bladder should be removed, since I don’t particularly want to deal with the second test. Going through both, especially if both are negative, would kind of suck.

At any rate, this is a longwinded way of saying that I won’t be around until later than usual tomorrow, although I’ll certainly be tweeting and checking mail as holding patterns in the testing allow. If the ultrasound is positive, I’ll probably be at my desk by noon or so Eastern. If it’s negative, and I have to have the other test too, then it’ll probably be early to mid-afternoon instead.

 Posted by at 7:09 PM

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