Gigi, I just had the gall bladder surgery a week ago Monday. Compared to my tonsillectomy from a couple of years ago, this has honestly been a cakewalk. I was expecting it to be bad, because my mom had her gb out 6 years ago and she was in bad shape. But I have this awesome surgeon who my friend had a couple of months ago, and I really believe he had a lot to do with it.
I had to be at the hospital at 6am that day. I was literally getting kicked out by 11:30am and I was home by noon! Yeah, there's some pain, particularly in the larger incision in the belly button, but honestly it hasn't been nearly as bad as I'd thought it would be. I think the thing that is annoying me the most is just that it itches really bad under the gauze pad but I'm not allowed to remove it myself, so it's driving me nuts. Itching is a sign of healing, so it's a good thing. There have been moments where the pain was a little bit higher than what I'd like it to be but I'm the biggest baby in the world when it comes to pain, and if I can handle it then anyone can. I'm serious. My biggest fear going into this was actually getting sick and throwing up after waking up from anesthesia, but even that didn't happen! I just made sure to tell the anesthesiologist to give me every possible drug to combat nausea that he has in his arsenal, and he complied, so I was totally fine.
I've been really tired though. I've been catching up on reading and I fall asleep while reading pretty easily. And I'm not sure if I'm ready to drive yet. Because of the tiredness. But other than that, I'm honestly doing just fine. And my friend who had it done 2 months ago had the same experience. She was sore for about 2 weeks and then she was fine.
I know you're scared because I was too, and I know that nothing anyone can say will help you feel too much better, because I was the same before my surgery. But I've known 8 people who have had this same surgery and the only person who had a hard time afterwards was my mom. And I really believe it's cause she waited too long, after she was already way sick from her gall bladder, and also she was much older, like in her mid or late 50s, so that has something to do with it.
It's scary to have any surgery. But I'm just saying, after having my tonsils out and suffering so badly being in constant unending pain 24/7 for 12 days straight, this is truly so much easier, I'm very pleasantly surprised at how quickly I felt ok. I mean, they totally kicked me out of the hospital when I was still coming out of anesthesia practically, so that should tell you something. I was only there for 5 hours or something and they kicked me out. And I've really been doing just fine since then. Yeah, there's going to be some pain, but darvocet is a wonderful pain med and it helped a lot. That and rest, not overdoing it, and just letting yourself relax for a week is going to make a big difference.