Last time I shared about my gallbladder and the highs and lows of coming to terms with the situation while learning how to live with it for now. If you recall, I named her Sadie and introduced her to Herman (the lump on my head thanks to the whole ladder incident.)
My Quest for Gallbladder Friendly Food
Food that I was having a lot of luck with on my eating plan is suddenly causing me trouble. Foods that should cause me trouble (according to all the info I’ve gathered from Doctor Google) seem to sit OK. And alcohol? Everyone knows that the liver is not a fan. That said, apparently, my gallbladder doesn’t mind wine, bourbon, or vodka. That or it just doesn’t care! So much of this just baffles and bewilders me.
As I navigate what I can and can’t eat and drink, I’ve put on some weight again and put the macro counting aside. At this point, there are days when I can eat small amounts at a time and it’s ok. The pressure is there, but it’s totally manageable. The trick for me appears to be choosing foods that are healthy, won’t upset “Sadie”, and I can eat without gagging. Picky eater, remember?
There are also days when I can’t eat anything without a lot of discomfort. Those are the days I can barely sit still for trying to find a position – standing, sitting, or laying down – that is comfortable. Recently I had four days of eating grapes, broth, rice, and chicken in tiny portions. Basically, I eat enough to keep myself from passing out lol. During that time I couldn’t lay on my right side because it caused discomfort.
I find that if I eat about half a cup of food at a time I do OK. However I have to wait a couple of hours before I eat anything again, so I tend to be hungry…most of the time. When I get too hungry, I throw caution to the wind, eat more, and then BAM!
Revisiting the Surgery Thing
My doctor is troubled by the fact that I can’t eat a lot in one sitting. Of course, she’s young and healthy and one of those people who probably only eats when she feels like it. I try not to hold that against her. She said a few times that she found that troubling. Ya, so do I. I mean, I don’t like being “hangry”, you know what I mean?
Last week, almost a month after visiting the doctor, I finally called the gallbladder surgeon for a consult. I made an appointment and will be seen in mid May. I have until then to come to terms with losing the bucket list item. I hope the little devil holds out that log.
So, here I sit, eating grapes (which seem to have a calming affect on Sadie the Gallbladder,) drinking a LOT of water, and keeping track of what I can and can not eat. I figured out that I had to start writing it all down or I’d never get my head around it. As I mentioned at the beginning, I’ve always had food sensitivities, now they are more intense. I’m awaiting the appoint with the surgeon to determine the plan. I still hope I can manage it with diet, but I’m slowly losing hope…
Are there foods that your body doesn’t agree with? Has anyone suggested that you keep track of what you eat and how you feel after? If so, you might like my Free Food Sensitivity Trackers. You’ll get both weekly and daily tracking options to help you figure out what foods and beverages you may be sensitive to. Keep track for a month then look for the trends. Then make an appointment and share it with your doctor, because I’m no expert and can not dispense medical advice. You can get your copy here.
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I’ll let you know how the surgical consult goes. Until next time,