So, about a month ago, my right side started to hurt. Just occasionally, it would be bothersome, but it would go away. A wince, then relief. Then the weekend of March 16 and 17, it started to hurt for longer periods of time. By Monday, March 18, it hurt continuously. Particularly after I ate.
Monday led to a stop at the clinic, followed by a visit to my GP, then to a general surgeon. The prognosis was clear - gallstones. Thankfully not an inflamed gallbladder, just gallstones.
And of the diagnosis that I was fearing, I'm thankful it was gallstones. The other option was kidney stones and I really didn't want those.
So, come Monday, April 15, I'll be having my gallbladder out. Laparoscopic, so it should be outpatient and I should be home by the mid-afternoon.
This should not have been a surprise to me. Mom and Taylor had theirs out a while ago. Dad just had his out April 3. Come Monday evening, Brooke will be the only one of us that hasn't had an issue.
I'll be resting at home Monday evening and working from home at least Tuesday and potentially more depending on how the recovery goes. Will be posting a followup blog on Monday to let everyone know how it went. And will also probably be posting a bit on the changes to diet, etc. with the gallbladder removed.
It's been an interesting process so far. Haven't had anything but water and juice to drink for nearly a month now. Will be keeping that up following with a few more changes.
We'll see how the next month goes.