Where did I go?

I was gone for almost 2 weeks because I had to undergo laparoscopic cholecystectomy surgery procedure.  

What is laparoscopic cholecystectomy?
It removes the gallbladder and gallstones through several small cuts (incisions) in the abdomen.

Source: www.webmd.com

In my case, I had 2 marble-sized stones removed and had 4 incisions. I was confined in the hospital for 3 days and had a downtime of about 1 week.  This is actually the benefit of this procedure compared to open surgery.  Recovery time is much faster and patient can already return  to his normal activities in 2 to 3 weeks. My surgeon advised me to take it a bit slow for a month – which means no running, driving, lifting of heavy objects etc.

I opted to have the procedure done last week at Makati Med as there was a long weekend. The first 2 days after the operation were really terrible.  My back was stiff already as I can only sleep in 1 position.  The following days, it got better but still uncomfortable.  Now, I’m back in the office and there’s still discomfort.  Hopefully, it will go away soon.

My stay in Makati Med was a bliss, for a lack of better term.  I was really taken cared of – from the doctors to the nurses to the people delivering the food.  I found all of them sincere and dedicated to their work.  Special shout out to my surgeon, Dr. John Vincent Pastores.  He was very patient in answering my questions and explaining to me what I should expect from the procedure.  He’s one of our family doctors, his wife Dra. Eloisa Pastores, being another one.  This couple made our lives easier during the trying times while both my parents were sick.

So what had caused the gallstones?  I have to blame my eating habits for that.  I have always been a fan of pork and fatty, oily junk food with softdrinks to boot.  So now I’m challenging myself to live a healthier life.  I had no pork and softdrinks intake for the past 2 weeks. Yey!

I hope I can sustain this 🙂

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