WHAT MY GALLBLADDER TAUGHT ME

Two days ago, I had my gallbladder removed. For those of you don’t know, the gallbladder is a small sac that sits just beneath the liver. It stores bile that the liver makes. Bile is very important because it emulsifies, or breaks down, the fat that we eat. Once the fat is broken down, it can be absorbed and utilized in the body. When you lose your gallbladder, your liver takes over.

My gallbladder attack started as what I thought to be a really nasty stomach bug. I kept waiting to feel better, but didn’t. I should have gone to the ER sooner. My gallbladder was so inflamed and infected, that it if I had waited any longer, I could have become septic.

I learned 2 key things:

1.  I have a very high tolerance to pain. If you’re like me, this can get you into trouble. People like us need others to give us a push. In my case, one of my doctors said, “RHONDA…………WHAT THE F#CK ARE YOU DOING??? GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM…………NOW!” My husband now knows that he has to be this “pusher”.

2. The day that I went to the ER, I also went to the supermarket, convincing myself that I was ok. And yet in the back of my mind, I kept thinking “something is not right” because I NEVER felt this way before in my life. So if something feels REALLY strange………..get it checked!

The four-letter expression, “Better safe than sorry”, is now my new mantra!

2 Responses so far »

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    Helena said,

    It sounds like you had a lucky escape!!! Im just glad you are still here to tell the tale!!!

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    Colleen said,

    Sorry to hear this. I would not have thought you fit into most of the necessary ‘f’s to be a gallbladder problem recipient! Also i am surprised given how well you take care of yourself. dumb luck…i am so glad you are okay! doesn’t this require a couple of days in the hospital?


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