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More Drama At The Chicken Ranch

Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 10,247
edited 12:23PM in EggHead Forum
Well, I apparently wore out another body part and the doctors said it's better to remove it completely rather than try to patch it up. Seems there's a bunch of stones in my gall-bladder.

Spring Hen is going to tell the story afterward that "I lost my marbles."

Until I had this happen I didn't know what a gall bladder was. It seems to be an unneeded organ left over from an early form of man. The surgeon said they've known for four centuries that it was unnecessary. Funny, he didn't look near that old.

Surgery is done laproscopically in about one hour and I'm home the next day. I can pretty much resume my normal activities within three or four days.

The reason I'm reporting this is because some of you are fast approaching my age and might want to know these things. Also, women are more prone to have the problem than men. Lots of people have it done and keep going like nothing happened.

It's not something you have to have checked every year. You'll know when it starts to hurt, if ever.

I probably won't even make a movie of it. That's how simple the problem is...

When I finally crow my last breath my tombstone will probably read: Here lies Leroy, Except For A Prostate, A Gall Bladder, A Couple Of knees, A Few Teeth and Some Hair

Spring "Parts Is Parts Until You Run Out Of ‘em" Chicken
Spring Texas USA


  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,248
    Another opportunity to tell the tale of the BGE. Best of luck!
  • BigABigA Posts: 1,157
    LOL on the tombstone. that was pretty funny even though i have never seen or met you. my grandpa had is removed after he got sick from eating a greasy pizza, now he just has to watch the greasy foods he eats, he doesnt watch that close so it must not bother him. :) :)
  • You can bet I'll be wearing my "I'm an Egghead" shirt before and after the surgery. I usually get at least two or three "What's an Egghead?" questions.

    Bingo! Then they get the Egg story start to finish, complete with photos from my iPhone. They don't stand a chance LOL.

    Spring "Medical Egg Technician" Chicken
  • AZRPAZRP Posts: 10,116
    Sorry to hear that Leroy, dang, I don't want to get any older but don't want the alternative either. We'll be praying for a speedy recovery. -RP
  • Thanks Randy. On behalf of Eggheads everywhere, we hope you live a long, long time so you will understand what us olde pharts are going through by living too long. LOL

    Spring "Wet Aged And Trimmed" Chicken
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 5,937
    Good to get rid of it before it becomes a real problem. Both my father and uncle had to have theirs removed when they were quite young. The pain of the gall stone attack was ferocious, and I can still remember the ambulance taking my father to hospital.
  • Thanks... It's best to write your own epitath so you can put what you want on it. Like "I Wish I Was Somewhere Else"

    Spring "Now Is NOT A Good Time" Chicken
  • Fortunately, my pain has been minimal, but definitely a nusiance. I'm told it could be very painful if I didn't do something about it. So out it comes.

    Spring "Pro-Active Patient" Chicken
  • hornhonkhornhonk Posts: 3,841
    Uh-oh :unsure: No Plano for you? :(
  • :cheer:
    he should be As Good As New Spring Chicken by then!

    besides, Judy wants to dance, dance, dance B)
  • Wise OneWise One Posts: 2,645
    Well, it seems like you're getting fixed one part at a time. Please don't ask my wife what unnecessary organ I could have removed. I'm afraid we may not be insync on that answer. :ermm:
  • Cpt'n CookCpt'n Cook Posts: 1,917
    I don't know what a Gall Bladder weighs but if it's full of stones it could add up to a substantial weight loss and a couple of weeks respite from your ounce a day diet.

    Good luck with it Leroy.
  • there is no "unnecessary" organ, even considering the appendix.

    but there are some that aren't critical. know whatta mean?
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,393
    Leroy, you've got to stop being an annuity plan for Texan surgeons! I trust all will go well.
  • DOW is correct... I'll be a new Chicken by then.

    Spring "Cocked And Half Loaded For Plano" Chicken
  • ;)

    My beak is sealed.

    Spring "No Tell'n What I'll Be Tell'n" Chicken
  • I'm hoping it's good for two pounds. I could really stand to lose 32 days worth of weight.

    Spring "Over 25,000 Days Into Fat'n Me Up" Chicken
  • I think it's cheaper and easier to take out if it's unnecessary to begin with.

    Spring "Necessity Is The Fuel Of Intention" Chicken
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
    Had mine removed 10 or so years ago. The Doc said since he already had to be in the vicinity he may as well take it out. I was split from brim to brisket (belly button to just above the ribcage) for another procedure and I guess the Doc saw a good way to pick up another snowmobile besides the needed procedure.

    Hope you have a smooth and easy ride.

  • Thanks. I have noticed a sharp increase in expensive cars in the hospital parking lots lately.

    Spring "Stimulus Plan 101" Chicken
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Good luck with it, I am sure you will be fine. I'm not that far behind you in age, still got all my parts but several don't work so well anymore! :laugh: :P
  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    Rebecca, you have mail :)
  • Good luck with your next "removal", I'm sure it'll go well.

    Marthasville, MO
  • They do it with a scope now. Hardly leaves a scar to brag about. He said they would do it about 2:30 and I could have dinner that night and breakfast the next morning before going home.

    Sounds a lot easier than what you went through.

    Spring "Easy Tweet" Chicken
  • Thanks. Funny thing, I've never heard of a gall-bladder transplant, so I guess it's a good thing that I'm still healthy enough to donate it to a landfill.

    Spring "Not All Organs Have Residual Value" Chicken
  • I'm only fifty-nineteen but I've heard that gall-bladders can go out at an early age.

    Spring "LXIX And Counting" Chicken
  • chocdocchocdoc Posts: 461
    Spring Chicken wrote:
    I'm only fifty-nineteen but I've heard that gall-bladders can go out at an early age.

    Spring "LXIX And Counting" Chicken

    Youngest I've ever seen was an 10 year old. Had a significant family history of gallstones.

    My favourite epitaph of all time - "I told you I was sick"!
  • of course. get it fixed. but it DOES have a purpose. just might have to cut down on fatty foods. that shouldn't be a problem

    unless you own a BGE :lol:
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,048
    sorry to hear, but maybe some advance planning could save you future problems of opening and closing the body - have them install a zipper, maybe? :whistle:
    L, M, S, &  Mini
    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Dunlap, IL
    Re- gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time!
  • MIL had hers out several years ago and recovery was several days

    Two peeps in our family have had theirs out in the last 5 years - cakewalk with lap procedure

    You will be tossin a caper at the highland games in no time
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