Goodbye, Gallbladder!

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Well, y’all, I’m back and about 2.5 ounces lighter – my gallbladder has officially been removed! T-Rex Mom flew up on Thursday evening so she could take me to surgery on Friday morning and help throughout the weekend. I went to the same surgeon who did my first stomach surgery (ironically, 3 years to the day before I had him take my gallbladder out), so we had to make the early trek down to Columbia and it was easier for AJ not to take the day off work. Incidentally, I wasn’t totally sure about this surgery. My surgeon thought that this would solve some of the stomach issues I’ve been having since November, but we wouldn’t actually know until he saw the offending organ. Well, apparently it was pretty inflamed and angry once he got in there and he told my mom it was definitely the right choice to take it out, so that is good news! Hopefully I’ll start feeling a lot better, since I had a gallbladder attack in the middle of teaching a barre class on Wednesday night – not exactly the most convenient thing ever!

The whole surgeryy went off without a hitch, and I was back home on my couch in Greenville (about 1.5 hours from Columbia) by 11 am and back to work. Yes, I worked from home the same day I had my gallbladder removed, because despite my boss insisting that PTO is supposed to be used for sick time, too, I much prefer to save it for actual vacations. Surgery is not a vacation. #sorrynotsorry for being so hardcore and/or insane. Fine, insane. The word is insane.

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Anyway, gallbladder surgery is pretty easy as far as surgeries are concerned. I haven’t really been in any pain at all, just kind of tired and sore and not hungry. It’s nice not being hungry, by the way. Makes life a lot easier. On Saturday, we ran a few errands and then went out to go vote in the primary in a failed attempt to save this state from itself. Hey, at least we got stickers for our efforts. Interesting fact: in South Carolina, we do not register by party, so you can vote in whatever primary you want (but only in one of them).

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We voted! And I wore my Lena Insulated Jacket because I am still obsessed with it and wear it every day.

But anyway, I’ve been getting out and about and even managed to head out for a walk with T-Rex Mom on Sunday afternoon along our lovely multi-use path here in Greenville, the Swamp Rabbit Trail. I got to test out some new gear from KÜHL, too: the Mova Straight hiking pants and the Moongazer hoody! The thing that really impressed me about both of these pieces was how functional they were while still looking like real clothes. Like – my mom wasn’t sure if I was wearing jeans or hiking pants because they look like real pants but feel like leggings! The same can be said of the Moongazer hoody; I tend to prefer my clothes to have a looser fit, but I love that KÜHL has found a way to make technical apparel stylish and functional. I can’t wait til we can actually go hiking – fingers crossed for decent weather and no more surgeries anytime soon!

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A little sun would have been nice, but oh well.

So far, the doctor’s instructions for me say no mid-core work (aka crunches and the like) for 6 weeks. I’ll be back teaching barre on Wednesday, but instead of doing some of the core moves like I normally would, I’ll just quickly demonstrate them and then walk around the class. I will probably have to take it easy on some of the cardio elements for few days until I get back into the swing of things, but honestly I feel pretty normal, and at this point, I know my body. As for a return to running, I don’t think it’s realistic that I’ll be doing the Swamp Rabbit Half Marathon this coming weekend, but I might head out for a short run on Saturday or Sunday depending on how I am feeling. There’s no rush to push myself back out there, so we’ll just see how it goes.

That’s all the (gallbladder) news that’s fit to print! What did you do this weekend? Anyone else have any organs removed, or is that just me?

30 thoughts on “Goodbye, Gallbladder!

  1. Congratulations on the successful gallbladder removal. I haven’t had any organs removed recently, but I had a baby removed via c-section on the 9th. That counts, right? 🙂 haha… Can’t wait to see us both out there pounding the pavement again soon!

  2. So glad everything went so well and yes, the word is definitely “insane” but I totally get it!!
    I absolutely love those KUHL pants and will have to check them out ASAP!!
    And thank you for attempting to save your state from voter embarrassment. You failed miserably but at least you tried. 🙂

  3. I’m glad to hear that everything went smoothly. I saw you had gotten it removed and I had no idea you were! I didn’t realize gall bladders could affect your hunger like that. Hopefully your recovery goes just as smoothly.

    1. Thanks, Hollie! Sorry, I guess that was a little confusing. Gallbladders don’t affect your hunger. I was feeling less hungry because in any type of abdominal surgery, they fill your abdomen with a bunch of air and it makes you feel full for a few days until it all dissipates. My hunger is back now!

  4. I’m curious on the issues that lead you to removing the gallbladder. I’ve had stomach issues for years and have wondered about it. We’re there specific signs that lead you to the decision?

    1. Hi Rob! Thanks for asking. I’m sorry to hear about your issues! I had chronic acid reflux for many years due to a faulty lower esophageal sphincter. In order to fix that, I had a Nissen Fundoplication in February 2013 (basically, they create a new sphincter to prevent acid from being able to come up). I had no reflux/nausea at all after that until November 2015, when I suddenly felt like I had nonstop nausea, reflux, and some pain. At first, they thought my previous surgery might have failed (they do have a lifespan), but after a bunch of tests (including an ultrasound to check for gallstones and a HIATA scan to test function), it was determined that my gallbladder was inflamed and not functioning as it should. For many people, the symptoms are similar to those of heartburn and might include nausea and pain in the upper abdomen. I hope that helps! Please email me at thetrexrunner@gmail.com if you have more questions or need more info!

  5. At one point they thought I was having gallbladder issues, but it turns out that it was really bad reflux (not as bad as your issues, but enough to cause serious pain). Prevacid was able to control it. I’m so glad that you responded so well! I knew that the surgery wasn’t intense, but still, surgery is surgery.
    They should have given you a sticker for it. 😀

    1. Gallbladder issues can feel really similar to reflux! I’m glad you were able to control yours with medicine. I’m hoping this makes a big difference for how I’ve been feeling!

  6. Awesome news on the surgery! My mother had hers out by laparoscopy back when that was a new thing (~20 years ago-ish?) and it was amazing how fast she recovered even being overweight and in terrible shape. So glad everything went smoothly … now you just have to listen to your doctor and ease up for a bit and remember that it IS still surgery and you need to let your body heal. OK? 🙂

    1. Thanks, Dad 🙂 Will do! It’s nice not having a marathon to jump back into training for.

  7. It looks like you had a good recovery from the surgery and glad you could vote and go for a walk so soon after! I have a friend who was going to do the Swamp Rabbit Half but has also decided not to. I think it’s a smart choice for you right now, as you never know what the next few days may bring post-surgery. Not worth risking it for a half marathon.

    I saved my vote for this weekend. In a solid red state, it’s always wasted anyway. I did think about doing what you guys did to save our state from itself, but decided to wait and vote for the person I really want to be the President 🙂

    1. I feel your pain! It seems like our vote never matters here, but it definitely did in the primaries this weekend, so that made us feel slightly better. I’ll be interested to see how the Democratic primary goes – it could be closer than the analysts think!

  8. I plan to keep ALL my parts! I caught moms cold and called off. So glad you are okay and I agree sick time or unemployment are NOT vacations! I love voting can’t believe Lauren will be voting this year!

    1. Well, I planned to keep them all too, haha! Things just didn’t work out as planned. I hope you feel better soon!

  9. I ended the weekend with all my organs, but after going to an all-inclusive wine tasting which included drinking wine and stealing plates and caramels, my liver miiiiiight be a tad upset with me 😉 But, I mean, somebody has to keep that organ in line and working hard.

  10. I’m glad your surgery went so well! My only surgery was for my wisdom teeth, and they gave me way too much anesthesia, so I barely even remember coming home. Ohio is pretty much the same with primary voting, except they officially designate you to be the party you voted for. But the official way of changing it is to vote differently in the next primary, in which case I don’t see the point at all!

    1. Whoa, what a weird process! I had no idea that’s how it worked in Ohio.

      I had my wisdom teeth out back in 2008 and it was pretty awful! I had every complication there was (of course). I wish I didn’t remember it!!

  11. Glad you’re feeling better so quickly!

    My weekend mostly consisted of an 8 mile run Saturday AM, watching college basketball that afternoon (let’s not discuss what happened there), and then going into work for a few hours that night, for coverage of your fair state’s primary. (Why do they do it on a Saturday, and insist on separate Saturdays, no less?)

    On a related note, a CNN reporter who I sort of know and follow on Twitter was in Greenville last week (Tuesday, I think?). I suggested Falls Park as a cool place to check out… the next day she posted a picture from her morning run, somewhere downtown (couldn’t tell if it was Falls Park or not). It was definitely cool weather for running!

    1. Don’t try to make sense of the South Carolina political process, Eric. It’s a lost cause, unfortunately! I’m so glad that the reporter was able to check out Greenville and hopefully see the Swamp Rabbit Trail! Thanks for sending her out into our awesome city 🙂

  12. Glad to read that you are on the mend. I helped out at a trail race this weekend. I did manage to not have any organs removed, but I did have some podiatrical work. (proverbial close but no cigar)

  13. I love your blog! Glad to hear the surgery went well and you are bouncing back. February 22nd was the day I had my second gall bladder attack. The first one was back in November but never diagnosed as gall bladder problems. My surgery will be on Monday the 7th. Thanks for sharing your experience, it has eased my mind a bit about the surgery.

    1. I’m so sorry to hear you are going through this, Tara! Gall bladders can cause a whole lot of problems for such a tiny organ! I hope your surgery goes perfectly. It’s really not so bad and you’ll be back on your feet in no time! Good luck!

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