Johanne's Journal, 27 January 2012

Sorry I've been absent. It's Friday!!!


The past few weeks have been a bit rough. It's been one week since my gall bladder attack and so far, so good. Eliminating most fat seems to be doing the trick. Last night I went to my SCA meeting. I had no idea how many of my friends, some of them very young, had their gall bladders out.

After hearing some of their horror stories of putting the surgery off and all of the stories from my buddies on here, I've decided if the surgeon recommends removal on Mon, I will have it done. I got scared when I read the stories about the after effects on the internet, but, apparently, Bren was right. This is mostly griping and fear mongering.

Everyone I've talked to, in real life and on here, has said that they were SO HAPPY to be gall bladder free and they might have problems with a few foods, but for the most part could eat as they did before. Since I have already modified my diet so much over the last few years, I shouldn't have that much of a problem after the first few months post op.

Of course, now I'm so behind on everything. Catching up is going to be a bit hard. I started on it today. Wish me luck. Hugs!!!

(Oh! And I have to stop sleeping so much. I had no idea how much I slept until I got the fitbit. LOL!)

Diet Calendar Entries for 27 January 2012:
1674 kcal Fat: 51.74g | Prot: 35.71g | Carb: 287.14g.   Breakfast: Coffee, Almond Milk, Scrambled Egg, Gluten Free Rolled Oats, Truvia, Diet Cranberry Juice,  Fasting Glucose - 99. Lunch: Pamela's Amazing Gluten Free Bread. Dinner: Uncle Ben's Natural Brown Rice, Curried Red Lentil Soup. Snacks/Other: Pamela's Amazing Gluten Free Bread. more...
2440 kcal Activities & Exercise: Sleeping - 8 hours, Resting - 15 hours and 30 minutes, Walking (slow) - 2/mph - 30 minutes. more...
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I know how hard the decision to have surgery can be. Best of luck at your doctors appointment Monday. 
27 Jan 12 by member: BuffyBear
Hey any surgery is scary..but I am glad you have made the decision to have it removed...you will be glad you did I am sure..and your very lucky that you can sleep..I do once in awhile get more than 6 hours.. Wishing all the luck girl..Love and Hugs sweetheart..take care of you...:O) 
27 Jan 12 by member: BHA
You'll feel tons better after the initial healing from the surgery. My husband did. 
27 Jan 12 by member: Hope4Health
Glad to see you on here, bit decisions to be made on Monday but know you will make the right one for you. Good luck. 
27 Jan 12 by member: sarahsmum
Great decision, I know so many people including my Hubby that have been so happy afterwards and none have had any big problems so I am sure fear mongers.......just take care of yourself.....{{{HUG}}} 
27 Jan 12 by member: Yvonne19
Good luck. I KNOW you'll do fine. Smart work on eliminating the fat until it's out. Have a great weekend, Johanne. 
27 Jan 12 by member: Helewis
Bonnie, I am sure that the surgeon will know what is best for you. I had that first attack in 1983 and another one in 1985...have not had one since, praise God. They told me I most likely passed the stones. I know one thing, I sure don't want another one of those attacks! Hugs and have a good weekend my sweet friend. Love you!!  
27 Jan 12 by member: ctlss
All I can say is I didn't look back, had no more pain and no foodie problems at all. You do what is right for you honey XX 
28 Jan 12 by member: Di Happy
I hope everything goes well.  
28 Jan 12 by member: djezeski
Johanne, hubby had his out, glad he did. It was not a difficult surgery the way they do it these days. Sending hugs and blessings your way.  
28 Jan 12 by member: Gigi39
Just popping by to say hello!! Love ya! 
28 Jan 12 by member: ctlss
Thanks Buffy. This is my friends general surgeon, and I'm a little iffy about him. His office has called her a couple of times now to schedule the incorrect surgery. LOL! They've had a week to obtain my emergency room records and I even called his office right after I was there to make sure they did. If he doesn't have those records when I go in tomorrow, I'm scheduling with another surgeon. How can you have a consult without anything to base the consultation on? 
29 Jan 12 by member: Johanne
Bren, I'm sure I'll be fine after. You just have to monitor what you read on the internet! LOL!!! As I said, I'm also a little iffy about this particular surgeon after hearing of a few of his staff snafus after I made the appt. I don't want to wake up from the anesthesia to find I've had a lap-band installed GRIN!!! Love you lady! 
29 Jan 12 by member: Johanne
Hope, that's what I'm hoping. I've been afraid to put anything fat in my mouth, although yesterday I kinda lost control. But . . . so far I haven't had a repeat of the pain. I sent you an invite on fitbit. Let me know if you don't get it. Hugs!!! 
29 Jan 12 by member: Johanne
Is,thanks! I've decided I will do it, just not which surgeon. We'll see tomorrow. I want to know how bad that sonogram looked. 
29 Jan 12 by member: Johanne
Yvonne, I had no idea how many of my close friends have had this surgery over the years. They've all had very happy outcomes. Thanks for your encouragement and HUGS BACK! 
29 Jan 12 by member: Johanne
Helewis, I hope you've had a good weekend too. We'll see what tomorrow brings. Thanks for popping in! 
29 Jan 12 by member: Johanne
Stef, my mom was like you. About 25 years ago, or so, she had one or two attacks and has had no trouble since. That's why I really want to see what the sonogram report says. Three years ago I didn't have any stones. I know because they did a sonogram back then for chest pains. The stones are commonly caused by weight loss, which is where I'm assuming mine came from. Love you too!!! 
29 Jan 12 by member: Johanne
Thanks, Di. As I said above, I really want to know how bad it is. I don't want to take out a basically healthy organ, but if the stones are bad, I won't hesitate. A few of my friends waited too long and paid a pretty hefty price for waiting. There is no way I want to go through that kind of pain again if it's likely to happen.  
29 Jan 12 by member: Johanne
Thanks D!!! 
29 Jan 12 by member: Johanne

     
 

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