Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Recovery, 1 Week In

This is going to be a fairly frank and open blog about how I'm doing after gallbladder removal, so it is going to include some gross bodily functions.  Understand if you don't want to read beyond this paragraph.  Forewarned is fair warned.

Everything seems to be going well.  No pain in the abdomen, beyond the occasional bruised feeling at the incision sites.  Mostly they itch.  I'm ready for the steri-strips to fall off, especially so I can clean them better.

I'm learning how to deal with food.  Still trying to find out exactly what I can and cannot eat.  Definitely seem to have had the bile salt experience.   I had one day of a messed up stomach all day mid-week last week.  Since then, if my stomach is going to be upset, it will be after the first meal in the morning.  From what I've read, this can be common, as the bile builds up in the stomach over night and is a bit overactive with the first meal.

It's mainly left me tired.  I feel like I'm still in a caloric deficit.  Plus I'm gassy.  I'm belching a lot more as everything is still trying to settle.

The hardest part, though, has been the 10 pound limit on picking anything up.  In particular, not being able to pick up the kids.  Avalyn kind of understands, but Jude definitely does not.  It's been working okay, but I'm ready for that limitation to pass.

My followup is next Monday.  Hopefully then I'll get the full good ahead.

Until then, thank you for all the thoughts and prayers.  They mean more than you can imagine.

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