Thanksgiving, 2013

The only time I ever remember I have a Gallbladder these days is when someone comments on this blog. When I started Keeping My Gallby, I’d just had my first severe attacks. I had no clue what I was going to do or where this was all going.

It turns out I was on my way to a 100% recovery despite the decision to keep my gallbladder. I’m really happy I kept the blog because everything I did is now documented here and lots of panicked folks find this blog and it seems to be helping others as it helped me. My heart breaks a little bit each time someone writes a comment that they are having attacks. Even though I have not had an attack in 2 years, I certainly remember the agony.

Lots of folks ask if I’ve had a followup ultrasound. The answer is “nope!”. To me, it is not worth the time, effort, or money it would take to find out. I’ll assume I still have stones. It’s well documented that autopsies commonly reveal otherwise-healthy people riddled with gallstones, who never presented symptoms while alive. During my journey to heal myself, I was sure I would do followup ultrasounds… but once you’re healed, you’re better and the whole gallbladder thing drops of your radar. Life is short and there is only time to waste obsessing about Gallby if he is complaining. My battle to heal my gallbladder without surgery took 6 months of my life. I’ve moved on.

While I’m “back to normal” in every conceivable way, I can’t say that the whole experience did not change me. It did. I certainly have a much greater awareness of digestion as a part of overall health. I’ve gone back to eating whatever I want, but I’m now much more conscious when food is clogging me up instead of nourishing me. I have not had anything remotely like an attack in almost two years… but still, sometimes, after eating too much bad food for too many days, I feel those subtle feelings of indigestion that are the seeds of much bigger problems…. and that’s enough to get me to balance my diet a little better.

The best, most concrete example: when my family is away, or busy, and I’m on my own for dinner, I used to order a pizza and eat the whole thing while watching T.V. I would never do that now. I’m now to conscious of how bad that actually makes my body feel. I now eat a salad and 1/2 a pizza while sitting in front of the T.V. 🙂 Ahhh, much better.

Good luck to you who are in pain and have found my little journal. I have no idea if what worked for me will work for you,  but I am living proof you can heal severe gallbladder attacks without surgery.

With hindsight, two things stick out from the experience:

1.) Working with a good nutritionist was critical. I could not have done it with out Dr. Dianne. She had my back the whole time.

2.) It was difficult and required mental commitment. I lost a lot of weight and took almost a year to get it back. During that time I had to tolerate many concerned people saying “You don’t look good. You look too thin.” That annoyed me.

Cheers!