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May 17th, 2005


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03:46 pm - Galling
A visit to the doctor today revealed that the likely cause of my recent intestinal ailments is gallstones. Apparently, the whole "get nauseous after eating bit" is classic.

So I have an ultrasound scheduled on Friday to confirm this. I learn this a bit too late today to make going to work at all comfortable. You see, I skipped eating this morning on the theory that there might be a need to me to have not eaten in order to do tests at the doctor. My theory was right, just off by a few days on the schedule. So now I'm starving and will eat. This will make me starting to get nauseous by about 7:00 p.m., if I have the schedule figured out, which makes going to work at 10:00 p.m. not a fun prospect. Plus, I could either be hungry at work or eat something when I go in and be nauseous again about 3:00 a.m. No thanks.

So I'll use Wednesday (my regular night off) and Thursday to work on getting my feedings down so that I should be on the tail end of nausea by 10:00 p.m. and suffer through a couple of days of extra hunger at work, maybe grabbing a meal at 5:00 a.m. or so, so that I can at least work (and, consequently, get paid) while this gets figured out.

Remedies for stones appear to be surgery or ineffective drugs. Surgery would be laparoscopic, though, so it should be fairly easy to get done.
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From:90_percent_sure
Date:May 17th, 2005 08:58 pm (UTC)
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My sister just had hers out. It was a nothing procedure. She got lots of Vitamin M for the trouble, and went home less than 24 hrs after the fact.

Here, have a turkey. Might help; can't hurt.
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From:jbru
Date:May 17th, 2005 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, it seems to be pretty much a kick ya out the door kind of procedure. Though they say it might keep me out of "regular activities" for a week to 10 days.
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From:90_percent_sure
Date:May 17th, 2005 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Do they know your regular activity is chilling out?

(again with the turkey)
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From:jbru
Date:May 17th, 2005 09:20 pm (UTC)
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The turkey helps. I think I may have to, like, switch the end of the couch I lounge on or something. Or maybe go to Twins games instead of watching them on TV.

I'm mostly thinking I can parlay this into another good reason to not mow my lawn.
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From:sraun
Date:May 17th, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)
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I had that done ... ten years ago now? Spent overnight in the hospital, weekend at my cousin's, back to work on Monday. Was under some 'don't do heavy lifting' orders for a few weeks.

Could you try doing a diet incredibly light on fat, and see if that helps? As in, no fat grams if you can avoid them? I know there are lunch meats available that are 10% or less calories from fat - that and an appropriate bread might work? I can do a low-fat (30% calories from fat) with very little work - if I push it and spend a little extra money, I can do 20%. I could see doing 10% or less for a couple of days.
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From:jbru
Date:May 17th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Dunno about the diet thing. I suppose I could give it a shot, but for a few days and my relatively minor discomfort, it probably isn't worth the trouble. I'll just change the timing of my meals for a little bit to tide me over until surgery time. (Assuming this all pans out.)
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From:sraun
Date:May 17th, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
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You might try some no-fat snacks, and see if they make a difference?
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From:minnehaha
Date:May 17th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
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Have you had any long-term effects on your digestion since having your gall bladder out?

K.
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From:sraun
Date:May 17th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
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If I expand your question to GI tract, yes. If I have a meal very high in fat, there is a noticeable consistency difference in what comes out the garbage end. Not bothersome, just noticeable. Other than that, nothing to speak of.

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