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My Thanksgiving 'adventure' - Micole Khemarrica — LiveJournal
My Thanksgiving 'adventure'
... it really didn't happen during Thanksgiving proper, but over the weekend, while we had friends visiting. Around 2am Sunday, I started feeling pain in my torso but didn't think it more than just a side effect of eating too much... within the hour, I was noticeably uncomfortable around the right side ribcage, pain shooting around to my back. Wolf offered me something for the pain, but by that point it was so bad I started vomitting so the pill never had a chance to work.

My coug'r bundled me up and drove me to the emergency room of the Somerset Medical Center where I was admitted. They put me on an IV drip that included something to deal with the pain (not morphine, but another narcotic I can't remember the name of right now). After x-rays and an ultrasound scan, it was determined that I had two small gallstones. They held me under observation until the pain had subsided completely, and released me with a perscription for percocet along with a printout of what happened and how to deal with things for the next several days.

As the writeup strongly recommended that I see my primary physician within 3 days of the hospital stay, I went there immediately. I had to get some x-ray images of my foot anyways. Dr. K told me she was putting in a referral for a general surgeon, just in case. Sadly, the most common 'treatment' for gallbladder disease is removing the gallbladder. Had the tests at the ER showed inflammation or blockage, they probably would have had the surgery then and there... but this was an 'attack' that had no associated inflammation nor were the stones blocking, so they just dosed me up with pain killers and recommended a severe change in diet.

I'm going one farther... I'm going to try and 'repair' this problem. Not only is my diet restricted, I'm drinking a lot of apple-juice as pectin softens the stones making them easier to pass. Several 'detox' herbs in several forms (suppliment, tinctures, and even a tea) are in my new diet and with luck I'll be able to keep my gallbladder and even improve its functioning.

Alas, part of the restriction is no aniumal fats, no butter or other dairy products (I can have low-fat yogurt and the like), no eggs... all of which I will miss especially now that Holiday Baking season is upon us. But I will persevere.

Wish me luck.

Current Mood: scared scared

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palabrajot From: palabrajot Date: December 3rd, 2005 08:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Good golly and gesundheit to you, dear! Stop being sick soon.
wingywoof From: wingywoof Date: December 3rd, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
sephebonblade had the exact same thing happen last year, during my birthday no less. What a shitty gift to hear the love of my life is the the hospital. (see: http://www.livejournal.com/users/sephebonblade/84714.html) Your symptoms match those he had almost exactly. He ended up having his gall bladder removed and since then his stomach has a new behavior all its own.

It sounds like you're doing a great job responding to this health crisis. I wish you the best of luck in staying one step ahead of your body, especially with the added difficulty of your profession and the temptations of this holiday season.
kagur From: kagur Date: December 3rd, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm very sorry to hear about the gallstones, but glad to hear you have a plan for dealing with them despite holiday temptations. I hope you recover quickly, and you have a better time of it than you have with your health.
dustmeat From: dustmeat Date: December 3rd, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

If it helps any

I remember Bob had gallbladder surgery and his stones were HUGE but he is OK now.
twentythoughts From: twentythoughts Date: December 3rd, 2005 07:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Owies... Good luck on getting rid of'em. Glad to hear that they didn't have to remove the bladder, at least. Maybe you can look around for some vegan recipes or products for the Christmas season, mm? I know people who've given up dairy products entirely, and I don't think they avoid anything that has to do with baking during the seasons...
ja_ren From: ja_ren Date: December 3rd, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm sorry to hear your long weekend was spoiled. I hope that this extra strict regimin gets you back to a point where you don't have to worry more than anyone else about what you can eat.
chefmongoose From: chefmongoose Date: December 4th, 2005 12:47 am (UTC) (Link)

Sounds like tit was eekrough painful. No-fun, but at least in the short-term, the pectin approach sounds good, and sliceback on the animal/milkfat.. and you're done with baking class for now, so. ;)

darklilith69 From: darklilith69 Date: December 4th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Ben went through that two years ago. Really scarey. Really bad. He was put on morphine and then had an allergic reaction to that. Poor Ben. Poor Squeakers! The following has helped Ben a HUGE amount. Lots and lots of lemonade! Fresh is best, otherwise make your own from the lemon concentrate used for cooking. No coffee. No sodas. No caffeine. He's had no re-occurance.

Bum way to spend your weekend but I'm glad you're doing better! BIG hugs of support and care!
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