The latest episode of “19 Kids and Counting” aired last night and it featured a camping trip for the boys, a Duggar family reunion, and emergency surgery to remove Michelle Duggar’s gallbladder. The latter was surprising news for fans of the Duggar family.
This week’s new “19 Kids and Counting” opened with a canoeing and camping trip for the Duggar boys and dad Jim Bob Duggar. ALERT Cadet™ sponsored the outdoor adventure. The ALERT Cadet program was started in 1996 to assist fathers to win and keep the hearts of their 8 to 17-year-old sons. For the Duggar boys, it was like the ultimate vacation. Jim Bob had the following to say about the canoeing and camping trip, “You’ll never regret spending too much time with your kids or having too much time with your family. This is bonding time where we come together so they know that I love them and that they love me.”
Back at the homestead in Tontitown, the rest of the family readied for the annual Duggar family reunion. All of the cousins traveled to Arkansas, including cousin Amy and Uncle Mike, brother of Jim Bob’s dad. On Saturday, August 14th, the Duggar family gathered at a local hotel for lunch, then went to the Duggars’ home to continue the celebration. With Aunt Evelyn planning everything once again, the reunion was another successful event.
Right after the Duggar family reunion, Michelle Duggar started experiencing pain similar to that of her earlier gallstone. Jim Bob took her to the doctor to get it checked out. Dr. Stephen Wood of Fayetteville Surgical Associates recommended that Michelle have her gallbladder removed to take care of the problem. “A small percent of gallbladder patients get terribly ill. I mean really sick. I have seen people die from gallbladder complications,” he explained. The physician went on to say that Michelle’s gallstone could rear its ugly head and cause her more severe pain. “If you were ever going to consider having another child, then I would say you need to get it taken care of,” he added. Michelle wasn’t completely sold on the idea and said, “My thought is that anything that I’m given when I was born, I’d like to keep it. I don’t want to get rid of it. I think it’s all there for a good reason.” However, Michelle and Jim promised to think about their options before leaving the doctor’s office.
A few days later, Michelle Duggar started having extreme pain from her gallstone. Around midnight, the parents of 19 decided to make a trip to the emergency room. Michelle described the pain by saying, “This pain was a much more intense pain all at once and it just wouldn’t let up. Even though they had given me some pain medication, they literally had to give me more. It was like I just could not get beyond the pain. It was so intense.” Michelle Duggar also said that the gallstone pain was worse than any of her 19 labors. “It was the greatest pain I’ve ever been in.”
With the consent of Michelle and Jim Bob, the doctors performed surgery to remove Michelle’s gallbladder and gallstone at the same time. The operation took 45 minutes and went off without complications. She was sent home 24 hours later.
The Duggar family welcomed their mother home and promised to help her with her painful recovery. Future episodes of “19 Kids and Counting” will follow Michelle’s progress and recovery.
The next new episode of “19 Kids and Counting” airs on Tuesday, October 26th. It’s titled “Duggar Day Out” and will chronicle a girls’ day out for Anna and her sisters-in-law, complete with ice cream and shopping. It will air at 9/8c on TLC.
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