I finally met with my surgeon yesterday and got my gallbladder surgery scheduled for next Wednesday, July 15. It will be outpatient, and done laparoscopically...unless there is a problem once he begins. Since 95% of the gallbladder surgeries are done by laparoscopy, I have a lot of hope that mine will fall into that category. Just in case, cross your fingers for me on the 15th, ok?
I have to say that I can't wait to get this over with and get on with life. It's been a challenge, being very careful with what I eat and yet still having to deal with stabbing pains after pretty much every meal. At least I haven't had another attack, but I'm always worried that one is imminent. From reading the literature the surgeon gave me, it may take a few weeks for my digestive system to adjust to life without a gallbladder. That sounds like fun - NOT. I have a feeling I may be sticking close to home for a while!
I am concerned with my workouts and when I will be able to go back to them. I don't want to lose the exercise mindset that I've worked so hard to get to - after all, deep down inside of me is a lazy woman who has been biding her time, waiting to stage a coup and bring me back to my former inert self. That woman needs to stay locked up for good!
The surgeon said I probably wouldn't feel like doing anything for about a week, but recommended that once I feel ok, to start out with walking and bike riding. He also cautioned me about using weights once I go back...said I should use fairly light ones and be careful not to strain my stomach. I am irritated by all of this because in the last month or so, my endurance has really increased and I have been powering through my workouts. Argh! I hate to backslide.
I guess there will be roadblocks periodically in my path to a healthy, fit me. The thing I need to remember is that I don't have to stay stopped forever - remind me of this in a couple of weeks, would ya?