Saturday, January 14, 2012

Why I Haven't Been Blogging.

Hey guys. You may have noticed that I haven't been blogging lately, and I wanted to take a post to explain why. Usually I just throw in a quick explanation with a Waiting on Wednesday or whatever, but...

It started two days before Christmas. I broke my vegan diet for three slices of pepperoni pizza, and maybe two hours later I was feeling it. I thought I had to puke but I couldn't. I had another, much worse one that night. The pain was completely consuming. You know when your stomach hurts and the doctor is all, "Is it a stabbing pain? Achey? Nauseous? Different?" If a doctor had been there and he had asked me that, I would've responded, "Yes."

The same thing happened throughout the entire holiday season. I ate nothing but fruit, green bean salad, and a little mashed potatoes on Christmas day.

My family concluded that I had a gall stone, since my dad had them a few years ago and our symptoms were very similar. What is that? Well, bile builds up in there and forms stones. It's totally normal and not a problem...until they move a certain way and prevent your gall bladder from doing its thang.

Normally the procedure for gall stones is to have your gall bladder removed. Obviously, I did not rewlly want to do this. Luckily, my grandmother is a holistic healer and she recommended an apple juice cleanse, which means I drank nothing but apple juice for two days and then drank about a half a cup of olive oil.

It's as fun as it sounds.

Then the cleanse was over and I had some healthy food and then some non-healthy food, and I felt fine. It was a joyous day and there was much celebrating.

Then I had another stomach attack at my friend's house a week ago.

So I assumed that there were more gall stones causing problems and I'd have to do the cleanse again. My grandma told me to wait a month, and avoid fat until then.

Easy enough.

But now my gall bladder randomly spazzes, even when I haven't eaten anything that should be hurting it. Now we're thinking it may be infected, but we're not sure.

It's becoming kind of a big deal. Not in a death kind of way, just in the way that it's beginning to really affect me. I have no motivation to do anything, which we believe is a side effect of the supposed infection. I do not want to move or laugh too hard or edit my manuscript or blog it yes, even read. Not only that, but the world is always hazy and I'm an emotional basket case--like, a crying-in-public complete emotional basket case. (If you knew me and knew how little I cry, you know how big of a deal that is.) Plus it's just plain frustrating.

We'll be calling the doctor first thing Monday and be running some tests this week, so I hope to be feeling more up to doing stuff very soon, but I honestly don't know if I will be.

So, in a nutshell: I hope to be back soon but I'm not positive when soon is. Thanks for sticking with me through all this gall bladder crap and this post.

(And you may be wondering, "Is this normal for a teenager?" No, no it isn't. So.)

13 comments:

  1. Oh, Jessica. :( I'm so sorry! Best of luck, and get well soon!

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  2. I hope the doctor is able to tell you what's wrong. Get well soon.

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  3. I'm so sorry and I hope you feel better soon:(

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  4. Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry to hear this. I do hope you're feeling better soon hon.

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  5. So sorry this is happening to you. I'm glad you are going to the doctor and hope you are feeling better soon.

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  6. oh my goodness//: take a break as long as you want!! I hope you feel better as soon as possible♥

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  7. Oh no! :( I hope everything turns out okay and that you're feeling back to normal soon <3 Sending you my best wishes!

    Sonia

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  8. Boo! Bad gallbladder (or whatever it is)! I hope you feel better, but in the meantime I hope you have lots of books & family to keep your spirits up!

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  9. Feel better soon. I had to have my gallbladder removed this time last year, so I know how frustrating and painful it can be. One of my major triggers for gallbladder attacks was tomatoes. I had my first attack after eating pizza--a veggie pizza with no meat. I found that no matter how I modified my diet I would still get attacks. I hope you feel better soon.

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  10. I just went through the same thing. I did end up having the surgery bc my attacks were bad enough to send me to the hospital and bring up everything out of me nonstop. Not good at all. Finally, they did an emergency surgery. I did loose my gallbladder & I'm still healing from it right now. Let's see... I lost is a week ago today. I was in so much pain and completely dehydrated from the release of everything in a not good way they couldn't even get and IV in me. They ended up using a pediatric needle for the fifth poke and took to more pokes to draw bloods for lab. I'm thankful that I found a surgeon and spoke w him before hand so I was comfortable w him and what we talked about. The cleanse worked briefly for me. Instead of havings stoneS I had one huge one. He said the size of his thumb nail. Geez! My body was hoarding crystal bile for a long time. Yuck! I hope u do find out what's going on and take it easy.

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  11. I'm so sorry to hear that you haven't been doing well. I hope you feel better soon :)

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