Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Gall Bladder Fun

Hey everyone.
Sorry I haven't been around. Its been a little crazy. My gall bladder starting acting up a few months ago and I went on a low-fat diet, recommended by a doctor friend. Things seemed to be getting better, and I sort of went off the diet. I've been trying to cut out most of the sodas and french fries and such, but not as much as before. A couple of weekends ago, Scott and I went on a little getaway and I got really sick on our last day.
I thought I had caught a flu bug somewhere, but it lasted for almost a week and I didn't have any soreness or a fever. I finally went to my doctor last week and he said that it was my gall bladder. He told me that it is enlarged and sent me for a CT scan.
I got that done today, don't have the results back yet, but hope to tomorrow.
Let me tell you, drinking two bottles of barium is no picnic! I barely got it all down, even though I had an hour and a half to drink it. When it was time for the test, I got through it okay. I didn't cry when they put in the I.V., but I sure wasn't happy about it. (I don't "do" needles...AT ALL)
The last time I had a CT scan I had an allergic reaction to the contrast dye, and broke out in huge hives all over my face. I had hives the size of nickels on my eyelids....NOT FUN.
So this time they tried to prepare me by giving me Prednisone and Benydryl beforehand. I felt fine after the the test, but when we got back to the front desk (thankfully, Scott was with me) the woman at the desk asked me how I did and I suddenly felt very strange. I got really lightheaded, felt like the top of my head was lifting off, and my face and ears flushed bright red. I started crying, and said, "I don't know what's wrong with me, I feel so weird!". Needless to say they got me to a chair and took my heart rate and blood pressure. Everything was normal, but I apparently had a combined allergic reaction and anxiety attack. (My diagnosis, not the doctor's)
I feel fine now, but am glad its all over with.
I will hopefully get the results of the CT scan tomorrow and find out what my doctor wants to do about this gall bladder.
Everybody say some prayers for me, okay?
I'd really appreciate it!

Love to you all.



Granny said...

Praying for you of course.

Alissa said...

Definitely keeping you in my prayers. Perhaps the Dr. will want to take it out? I know the surgery wouldn't be any fun, but it would cure any long term issues...

Patti Roberts said...

Praying for you, honey. Love ya

Judy said...

Oh Kendra! Take care of yourself...saying some prayers for you!

Anonymous said...

I know your pain, 4 years ago I had to have "emergency" surgery on my gall bladder. You are in my prayers! Love ya! Monica

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

oh goodness...hope it goes well..

I had my gall bladder removed 10 years ago..My gallbladder pain was worse then labor, hope i dont have to deal with that..

take care;)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Oh I hope all will be well, Kendra...I will say prayers, my dear....It sounds like you have very strong allergic reactions and that must have been quite scary...! No more CT Scans for you.

Nicole said...

Hey Sister Kendra,

I am praying for you. I know that God will help you through this time.

God Bless,

Laura said...

You will be in my prayers. Be sure to keep us posted and take care of yourself!

Carolj said...

Aww! That sounds awful!!! How are you doing now? We'll keep you in prayer!

Rachel said...

Well, how did it go?? The report I mean? I hope all is well with you??
I sure hope so!

Update!! Update!! Update!!!

Carolj said...

YES. We need an update.

I'm not sure when we're getting back to MI. This summer we're staying local (like New York and Maine) but in the fall we're, Lord willing, going to CA. The route we're taking out there is still up in the air. Who knows! I'll let you know if the route takes us by your place. : )

Anonymous said...


I went to a Doctor a year ago with gall stone pains and he sent me for a scan, which shoed that I did indeed have gall stones.

I'd been getting the pains fairly regularly for about two years and sometimes it was excruciating.

Anyway, Ithe Dr told me to get my name on the list as soon as possible for gall bladder removal. I said, "Surely that is the last resort, not the first", he said there is no other way.

I went away in shock and read as much as I could about gall stones on the internet.

After about a week of study, I had an intuition as to what the problem might be, and I cut out cream from my diet.

Gyess what, no more attacks, except when I have a diet of heavy saturated fats in large quantities. I know my limit now, and it is about one Tira Misu a week.

I hope this helps other sufferers.

Please pass this on to other web sites as well.

Best of luck