Day 32: Tuesday 29 November
November 29, 2011 2 Comments
I’m trying a new approach to writing today – doing a little bit here and there as the day transpires since I haven’t been too good at staying awake of an evening to write a proper synopsis of the day’s events. We’ll see how it goes…
Let me start by saying that I am very far behind in my correspondence and I apologise to everyone who has not received a reply to their well-wishing email or blog message. I’m going to try and catch up and get back to everyone but the hours in the day where I am awake, lucid, pain-free and not in treatment seem to be fewer and farther between. My apologies!
So far today I don’t feel too bad. I slept well, albeit in a deep puddle of my own sweat. Niiiiiiccccceeeeeeee.
I have started the infusions including P53 and have decided to stay sitting up in the hospital bed for as long as possible – it is getting very tiresome being horizontal all the time, not to mention the pressure it is putting on my back.
This morning the Choice newsletter has provided me with plenty of entertainment. I have apprised myself about what to buy, and not to buy when it comes to carry-on luggage, baby strollers, saucepans and more. Of course, I don’t need any of this but it doesn’t hurt to stay informed! I also learned that it’s better to sell unwanted gold at a shop on a high street rather than in a booth at a shopping centre, but that’s hardly a surprise, and you generally get better prices for gold on the Internet rather than at a shop anyway. I sold an unwanted gold bracelet on eBay a couple of months back and basically got the spot price for gold relative to it’s weight. I would add to the Choice article – consider selling your old gold directly to the Mint in your capital city.
So it has been a really fun couple of hours. I was due to go to HiFU just before three but I started to get right-side rib (gallbladder) pain. It got worse quickly. I had an injection to ease the pain which didn’t seem to do much then awhile later I had another injection which I think was to stop the contractions in the gallbladder. After a lot of pain and some puking the pain subsided but was not eliminated. Now, two hours later, it is getting worse again. I have put off HiFU today because I just can’t be trapped, unable to breathe deeply or move in the HiFU machine with this kind of pain.
During all this I thought I would do something useful and see what I can do to try and avoid the attacks, and to try and avoid having my gallbladder surgically removed. It seems that one cannot have gallstones removed as the procedure is “too risky and complicated,” and it’s much easier (?) for surgeons just to take out the whole organ. At least, that’s what the internet says.
I found several gallbladder cleanse remedies that promote the use of cold pressed olive oil and lemon juice to soften and ultimately expel the gallstones. It looks like an attractive option if I can get the necessary fresh raw food and juice to prepare for the cleanse. First though I think I will try one of the three Chinese medicines designed for the same purpose – I am in China, after all!
The first remedy I found on the net was Gold Coin Grass (Herba Lysimachiae). Apparently it is best taken in alcohol, rather than through tea or in tablet form. The nurse here has suggested Xiao Yan Li Dan Pian and Dan Shi Li Tong Pian, the latter of which is apparently available within the hospital. I have asked to have whichever they will give … transmission interrupted for sudden puking … me.
Given that the pain has persevered, and worsened, I have been given a shot of morphine and some anti-nausea medication. It hasn’t made the pain dissipate completely but I am a hell of a lot better. And not too dopey either, which is nice. And not itchy. Come to think of it, was there even any morphine in that shot???
There are always so many surprises in hospital each day. I often think, “What could possibly go wrong today?” assuming that I’ve seen it all already. But, inevitably there are more surprises in store.
So in the last two hours, after the latest onslaught of stomach upheaval, I have been visited by the hospital’s gallbladder specialists. They seemed knowledgeable but they definitely had the air of Western conservatism about them. A few things came up like, “Why didn’t you have your gallbladder removed when you found out you had a gallstone?” What??? I’d expect that from a doctor at home but really, in China?? Well, a) I would prefer not to chop out any vital organs since I am kind of running low on them, and b) I have never had any problems of this sort before, so why would I ‘fix’ something that ain’t broke? I am still convinced that the HiFU has precipitated this gallstone movement.
Anyway, they are going to check my old scans tomorrow and do a specific ultrasound to see what growth and or movement of the gallstone there has been over time. They’re giving me some tablets in case this flares up overnight and have warned me off taking the Chinese remedies. I was pretty disappointed about that but I *hope* they are only keeping me off these herbal remedies for as long as it takes them to get a baseline on where I am at with this.
Since I’ve been here everyone has been telling me to eat more, which has been hard to do because of the availability of food at various times and because of my fevers which have put me off food. Today for the first time I have been told to eat less. That seems almost impossible! I read a list online of foods that people with gallstones are advised not to eat. Combine that with Peter D’Adamos’ blood type diet for cancer patients, foods suitable for my ethnicity, foods that are actually available and the fact that I have no ability to prepare food for myself and I’m not really sure what there is left for me to eat! Perhaps some fruits and veges that don’t require preparation? I’m sending Brad to Walmart to buy a vege peeler tomorrow so that I can at least buy carrots to peel and eat. That’ll be another healthy raw food option. I *think* they sell them at the outdoor market near the hospital!
I left the hospital armed with some extra drugs around seven o’clock or so and we went straight to the dumpling place where the lady speaks some English. We don’t go there because she speaks English, but because she has really good food. It was nice to get out and I felt quite reasonable considering the pain and puking that has been going on all day. She makes an exceptional potato, eggplant and tomato dish that we’d love to learn how to recreate. That, some dumplings and soup and we were happy campers. There is no doubt that my mood today is a thousand percent better than yesterday.
Grateful to the Chinese Government
Despite all my medical antics there were practical things to attend to today. Brad went on an expedition to retrieve our passports and to get the final verdict on our visa extension application. Success! We thought we would have to leave China after our first 30 days here but our visa conditions have been changed and I am exceptionally grateful. Now we can avoid the arduous exercise (not to mention the expense) of having to leave China and go to Hong Kong for 24 hours or so. Thank you China!
Comninos’ (the good, the questionable and the junior) – sorry I couldn’t talk tonight – I couldn’t let dinner go cold. I promise I’ll make it up to you!