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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The Latest in the Health Saga

Okay, so FINALLY, I met with my doctor.

My ultrasound showed a blockage in my gallbladder. The duct is completely blocked with an immovable object. Right now, there are two possible explanations: One, I have a gallstone lodged that needs to pass. Two, I have a polyp blocking it. If it's a stone, we can leave it alone. If it's a polyp, I need to have my gallbladder removed.

He did another blood test today to see if my bilirubin levels have increased since the last test. If so, he's going to fast track me to see a specialist to have a procedure done to find out what the blockage is. It's a VERY invasive procedure, involving anesthesia and getting scoped down the esophagus. YUCK! If my bilirubin levels are the same or have gone down, I still am going to see the specialist, but we'll have more time to get this to resolve on its own.

I've been on a detox diet for the past couple of weeks and am coming off that with fewer symptoms, so that's good news. I'm going to my chiropractor tomorrow and the last time I was in, he did some acupressure that really helped, so I'm hoping that maybe he'll have some other suggestions. He's also got a nutritionist in his office who's looking up some other things I can do. The hope is that this is a stone, and we can get it to pass. That way, I don't need the procedure OR surgery.

I am feeling better, not completely, but definitely enough that unless I get worse, I'm going to do everything I can to avoid surgery. Most people just have it removed, but I'm of the opinion that it's there for a reason, so taking it out is a last resort.

Anyway, that's where I'm at. Thanks for your prayers.

And GROSS! I'm turning into the little old lady who goes on in detail about her health stuff. Someone just shoot me.


Heather Diane Tipton said...

bang! :-p


Jana said...

(((Hugs))) I'm praying for you, hun.

Tori Lennox said...

*hugs* and prayers, sweetie. Hang in there.

Tricia Fields said...

(((hugs))) Hope you can resolve all of this without any surgery.

Danica/Dream said...

Thank you guys!!

And Trish!! So glad to see you again!!