Back and Feeling Better!

Wow.  What a roller coaster ride the last few months have been.  I’m not even sure where to begin!!  After my endoscopy in February, I was plagued with persistent abdominal pain after eating.  I thought it had to do with the polyps that were found in my stomach so I blew it off for a while.  Well, in April the pain was getting worse and worse and would no longer be ignored so, off to the doctor I went.  Again.  My doctor was noncommittal and really didn’t offer any insight as far as what the culprit could be but he did order some additional tests.  The results showed that I had gallstones, something I suspected when I went to him 3-4 years ago and he flat out said couldn’t be a possibility for what was causing my indigestion.  With that, he referred me to a surgeon and I got a date of June 13th for gallbladder removal.  Let me tell you, that was a LOOOOONG time to have to wait but apparently our town is busy with folks getting surgery.

After the surgery was over I immediately felt better.  No more pain (aside from surgical recovery) AND bonus, no more indigestion.  Well, the indigestion still flares up from time-to-time but it is SO much better than it was I cannot even begin to tell you!  If you are faced with having the surgery and are on the fence about it, I can say from my experience that it is a life-changer.  I can eat pretty much what I want, as long as I stay away from extremely fatty, greasy foods.  It is AMAZING to finally feel this good!!
It has taken me a while to get back into the swing of things but I am finally getting my ass back on track and making my own meals.  Tonight in fact, I made a homemade version of Tuscan Bruschetta and will let you know tomorrow how it is and how I made it!  While I was on hiatus, my weight got back up to 177lbs so, I’ve got some work to do.  It’s ok though.  I’m not going to punish myself over it.  My focus now is just eating healthier, feeding my family healthier meals and snacks, and developing a healthy relationship with food.  That may sound silly to some but, I know for me, most of my issues are mentally based.  I know what kinds of things I should eat but, like any kind of addict, I feel compelled to do something else.  That is what I’m working on these days.

Looking forward to posting about the bruschetta tomorrow!  It sure smelled amazing when I was putting it together!!

Christina - Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Sending lots of positive vibes that all those health issues are long gone (three people I know who had their gallbladders removed ended up having more health issues pop up within a year or so after)!

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