What a weekend I had! And not in an epic partied too hard way, unfortunately.
Friday night I started having bad stomach pains which I thought were just acid reflux or GERD. I had an episode of that mess about 6 months ago and it felt the same. I didn’t get to sleep until 5am, woke up at 7am and by noon’ish it went away. Knowing that, I tried to eat somewhat bland the rest of the day so that it wouldn’t come back.
By Saturday night, the pain was back and was even worse. It felt like my stomach was literally on fire and someone was twisting my intestines all at the same time. It was even all through my back! I’m talking doubled over in the floor screaming and crying pain. I figured it would just wear off like last time and there’s nothing the ER can really do.
It got so bad my husband turned off the TV and was like let’s go. I didn’t hesitate. So, on my FIRST trip to the ER, they whipped up a GI cocktail, wrote some RX for pain, and sent me on my way. That was it. Even though I was sitting there crying in pain.
So, I get home and try to get some sleep. NOPE. No matter how I sat or laid in bed, the pain wouldn’t go away. NOTHING was comfortable. So, after about an hour of that nonsense, my husband is like let’s go to another ER.
As soon as we arrived at the Naval hospital (which the service and care there has always been better than the civilian hospitals, contrary to what many people say). They immediately got me into a room and started an IV, took x-rays, EKG, and an ultrasound. When I told them I was still in pain, they would try different medications until I was comfortable. They were amazing.
Well, long story even longer, I was diagnosed with gallstones. DUH!!! No wonder the pain was so severe.
So, I’m finding out today when my surgery to have my gallbladder removed will be scheduled. It will definitely be before the end of February.
I’ve never had surgery so I’m a little nervous but I don’t really feel scared . . .if that makes sense? I don’t ever want that pain again and I know this is the right thing to do.
I’m a little angry though too. I’m at a point where I’ve finally started really taking good care of myself and then this! I can’t help but wonder if it’s from years of yo-yo dieting or even loosing weight. There’s a bunch of reasons why they develop. Maybe it’s just genetics. Who knows!
The ultrasound tech, who specializes in gallbladder issues kept telling me to lay off the fatty foods. UM, hello I have. I kept telling her how much I’ve changed my lifestyle in the past year and I only occasionally indulge. That’s why I’m so pissed….the occasional indulgence caused this? WTF! I’ve never had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood sugar ., .. none of the diseases that being overweight can cause. NONE of them! I’ve always been healthy and disease free.
I never even considered gallstones or knew I should be trying to prevent them. IDK. I’m just a little frustrated and maybe there’s nothing I could’ve done to prevent this. My grandmother had them, so maybe it is just genetics. I’m part Native American, so maybe that’s it (they have the highest rate of getting them). I’m a woman and I’m still overweight, so maybe it’s because of ALL those factors.
What ever the reason, I can’t change it. I just have to do what’s best for my body. If anything this is going to force me to maintain a healthy lifestyle, whether I like it or not! I don’t like pain and I’ll do anything to stay healthy and prevent anything else from happening.
I just hope this means I don’t have to stay away from icing forever? Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!! In the meantime, this is pretty much all I can eat: