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  1. I guess it's time to roll over again.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I'm having a "what the hell did I eat?" moment.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Yeah, the pain that got me there wasn't pleasant, but there were a few god people that made it not so bad... starting with the ER doctor who finally gave me dilaudid... and lots of it.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I hear you. They gave me a really good plate of food. Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it because my throat was so dry from the anesthesia. There were two nurses I liked. One was a tall, young black woman with a nice smile. She had a habit of grabbing my foot and squeezing it. I think it was some weird form of goodbye, but it was oddly comforting. The other was a white lady in her 30s that seemed to think everything I said was amusing. The rest were pretty distant. All business.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I know. We get screwed over here by our lawmakers. They'd rather keep a bloated system than put in place something that smells like socialism. Instead, they force place insurance, when forced insurance is the definition of a socialist program... only with a very expensive Capitalist middleman.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Yeah. I had a choice. They said I could stay overnight if I wanted, but I was like "Hell, I'll be fine." Clear the room for someone who needs it. I just wanted to go home and keep my bill to the minimum, considering I'll have to pay it out of pocket.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    That is strange. I hear from my friend that I probably have titanium clamps inside me now, but they didn't tell me shit. I literally woke up from surgery and they said it went well and that I could leave as soon as I urinated, ate, and took a walk around the floor. So I did all three at once. (Not really). I walked out the door less than an hour after waking up I think.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Yeah. It's just such a common surgery that they seem to do it well most times. The first few days(three for me) are no joke, but like you say; after the terrible stone pain it's such a relief that you don't care so much. A few friends of mine have said they had a longer recovery, but they are all seriously out of shape. Also, I'm sure if they bruise any surrounding tissue it's probably worse. I barely even had any bruising at the incisions. Being thin has it's advantages.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Aside from an emergency afternoon restroom run work went well. I even loaded a fridge.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Yeah. I'm working today for the first time since the surgery and I'm taking granola, Imodium, and water.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I didn't get a stone count. All I got was a doctor going "ooookaaaay... let's see about some pain relief." Good enough. It felt like someone put a hot, tangerine sized rock right in the middle of my diaphragm. Now, though... all I can think about is that I wish I had some pictures. Something to show me what the hell was going on in there.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I was on YouTube watching a gallbladder removal surgery( really makes you cringe when you just had it done. Lol) and it linked me to another video that I thought was about post-surgery care. Turns out it was some quack doctor trying to convince people that gallbladder removal was unnecessary and detrimental to health. All I could think was, "Well, this guy has never had a stone. Bet he changes his mind if he does.".
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I feel 100% better. I'm starting to think I may even end up feeling better than I have for years. I think the constant gallbladder problem was affecting my overall well being.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    That does look better.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Bondage isn't my thing, but whatever floats your boat.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Well, this week my main concerns are pooping and waiting to be able to sleep in my bed, but sure... maybe next week I'll start thinking about those other things.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Turns out my resting heart rate is 78 bpm. Much better than I thought. I had it in my head that I was at risk for a heart attack, but according to the doctors that's not even an issue.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Been playing Destiny and Destiny 2. Destiny 2 has been a pretty terrible game so far(in comparison to the first) but it's slowly getting better. I'm hoping Anthem comes iut strong.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    So how is my week so far? Outstanding! Monday I went to work at the recycling place like always. Nothing too unusual. Then Monday evening was apparently destined to be "Night of the Killer Gallstones!" The pain started as manageable, but by 8pm I was having no fun at all. It came to a point where I had two choices. 1) Drive to hospital 2) Shoot self in head with beloved .357 I think you can guess what my decision was. By 10 pm I was in the ER and they did an EKG and CT scan and found a bunch of gallstones and infected gallbladder. Shot me up with morphine, which didn't help much. Then they gave me something wonderful. I don't know what it was, but damn. Anyway, long story short. I was transferred to a larger hospital and had surgery at noon yesterday. Gallbladder successfully removed laparoscopically. By 4 pm I was on my way home and now will be sleeping in my chair for a few days, since laying down feels like the Alien from the movies is trying to burst forth. Good news is twofold 1)after it heals I will never have a gallstone again. 2) since the symptoms were heart attack-adjacent they tested everything there and said my heart is fine... which I've actually been worried about because of chest pain. Apparently all of the frequent chest pain was gallbladder related. So now it is the time for boredom, as I can't even play my video game until I'm able to move better.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    The EVH heads are really versatile. Should do whatever you want it to do.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    I did the same thing a few years back with an Engl Powerball. After I got it set up I found out all I needed was reverb and got rid of all my overdrive and eq pedals. That amp head is the best thing I've ever bought.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    It's 100 degree weather in Texas. We Texans tend to get irritable this time of year.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Hell if I know. It's 100 right now though. Supposed to reach 106.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    My local Ace has the best fastener aisle I've ever seen. Every size you're likely to need in every grade and material. Want a brass carriage head 1/4" x 2" with brass locking washer and nut? They have it. Same thing in SS ? Yup. Grade 8 bolts for engine applications? Yup. SS too. Need shorter phillips head wood screws for tuners on a thinner than normal headstock in SS, brass, or just plain black? Yup.
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    Misc Stuff about Life. Part XII

    Yeah, I ordered a stainless bolt kit for a chevy intake and all of them are too short. Tomorrow I'll have to go to Ace and just get the proper ones.
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