Friday, August 28, 2015

How I Decluttered my Gall Bladder



1. Be diagnosed with gall stones and an inflamed gallbladder.
2. Ignore the good doctor's advice to have it removed--for two years.
3. Wake up one day, eat a piece of pie and feel nauseous.
4. Wake up for the next four or five days thinking you have a bad case of acid reflux.
5. Go to a medicentre on Friday where they diagnose the pain as definitely NOT acid reflux.
6. Go to the hospital where a test for my pancreatic enzymes is off the charts. My pancreas is essentially digesting itself because it is blocked. There are two main causes for this: alcohol and, you guessed it, gallstones.
7. Stay in the hospital for a week where they perform two procedures--one on Tuesday morning to take out two gallstones stuck in the duct the gall bladder and the pancreas share and, one Thursday evening to take out the pesky gall bladder. Learn patience, humility and how to sleep amid a million interruptions and sounds and people coming and going. (One nurse remarked, "a hospital really isn't a good place for sleep." There was even heavy construction!) Learn how to live without any wifi whatsoever.

I received excellent care and everyone was so helpful and kind. Amazing, really.
But I'm glad that's over.

12 comments :

Anastasia Inspiderwiht said...

oh no!! I had no idea that's what was up! We just heard you were sick. :(

I'm so glad everything went smoothly, and I hope your recovery is nice and swift. Take care of yourself!

Lisa @ Lisa Moves said...

oh my goodness! I hope you are feeling better soon!

Alana in Canada said...

Thanks for your concern, Anastasia and Lisa! I am taking it slowly. (Well, as slowly as I can with painting projects and dresser make-overs and styling assignments left unfinished.

Anonymous said...

Yikes! Glad you are ok.

Alana in Canada said...

Thanks, A!

i said...

I'm glad that everything went well. And you are ok now! Be ware of fat on food and you will be fine. Long and happy life!

MMarie said...

Alana, poor thing! Ive had several gallstone attacks and they were soooooooooooo painful! Wishing you a quick recovery.

Alana in Canada said...

oooh, mmarie. That's awful. Have you had your gall bladder out then?

MMarie said...

Yes, I have! I waited several months and finally had it removed a few years ago.

Anonymous said...

Wow, and you were on such a creative roll there. Bang, big detour! So glad the worst is over.

Luisa in Dallas

onshore said...

Oh! Hope you get better soon. Glad the stones are finally out.

(I know I have not commented much, I read blogs with my phone these days, and commenting is so slow with that, but to let you know, I have been reading your blog. You have been very active, thumbs up)

Anonymous said...

Bless your heart! I hope you are on the mend very soon and not in too much pain. Allow your body to rest and use that time to plan lots of new projects!

Take care!
Gina in Chattanooga, TN

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