Friday, June 12, 2009

I thought I was gonna die!

Ever felt that awful pain where you think you're gonna die? Well, I did awhile back, & then again on Sunday. About 2 hours after our Sinful Sunday brunch. (Which was wonderful, BTW...poached eggs on grain bread with a small side of bacon!) Only lasted 20 minutes or so, but that was enough to know something was up!
Then I called MOM! She told me that all our elder Italian relatives have had their gall bladders removed! Say what??? Yup, it's a family thing!
So I looked online & tried to figure out what was up. Learned a whole lot! There's a site called National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse that has a ton of useful info.
But on Tuesday, I had what I thought was an OK lunch...1/2 sandwich on whole grain bread with grilled chicken & a 1/2 slice of provolone with an apple on the side. Well, not so OK...2 hours later, I thought I was gonna die!!! This time DH decided maybe we should go to ER. Ha! Not the stubborn Norwegian 1/2 of me! So we called the insurance nurse who asked me all the regular "is it a heart attack" questions. At the end her recommendation was to see my doc the next day. In the time it took to answer her questions, the pain eased. But I made my appointment.
So...the very next day I was in the doc's office & he agrees it's probably my gall bladder. I'm set up for an ultra sound for next Thursday. And in the meantime, I'm not allowed one iota of fat!!! People with this issue have a very restricted diet! GAG! No cheese! Eat beets! (I personally think beets taste like dirt! No offense to the beet family!) No meat, fowl, pork (I LIVE IN HAWAII!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???), legumes, blah, blah, blah. Only certain fresh veggies & fruits, & low, or no fat yogurt & cottage cheese. Luckily, in some studies, wine seemed to help! So guess what? If I can't each cheese, chicken, or anything that tastes good, I'll drink some wine & be happy about it! At least for the week until I have my ultrasound. More to come!

4 comments:

JoTee said...

I am sure that the pain must have been unbearable, am sure to that you are not happy with what ya'haveta eat...however I think that you will feel so much better especially drinking some wine.......and smilin' to I am sure...love ya, feel better soon.

CC said...

Oh, you're so right!!! It was horrible pain! And not to eat what tastes good is hard...but drinking wine while I eat beets helps!

Azlina Abdul said...

I guess we are going through a similar diet now....I had a hard time accepting it too....but after 2 weeks, I'm ok with it already...you'll be fine sweetie...I know you can do it!!

CC said...

Oh, Lin, I'm not sure I'm as strong as you on this diet! I'm glad you think I can do it! Maybe after another week I'll feel strong like you, but right now I want CHEESE and CHICKEN! :) Aw, well. Ron has been grilling me some wonderful mahi! Yummy! We'll get thru' this!
Love you!