by taras mom (841 Posts), Wed May 05, 2004 11:30 pm
I hear you, Ann Marie! Just when I'd had enough of doctors, I had my first gallbladder attack. They found a bunch of little stones, just big enough to get caught in the duct and cause trouble.
DO NOT let yourself get constipated afterward unless you need a new definition of pain. Get plenty of fiber and fluid before you start your fast, and if you don't have a bm within a couple of days, ask your doctor to recommend a laxative. Better yet, ask before you leave the hospital; they might send you home with some. Trust me on this.
Also, bring comfy, loose clothes to wear home; maternity underwear and lounge pants are ideal. You'll probably be on clear liquids for a couple of days afterward, so make sure you have jello, broth, apple juice, etc. at home. Finally, my surgeon advised me not to drive for a week after the surgery, so do your important errands beforehand and make sure there's someone available to help with the baby (he's huge![:)]) and drive you in case of an emergency.
For months afterward, I couldn't sleep on my right side. It felt as if my insides had been reassembled wrong. It was strange, but the drs. told me it was normal. I also had a very low tolerance for fat for a long time, but it went away eventually. The scars are very small, too. Good luck!
DH Bill (40)
The Mightiest Little Angel