Previously on, “As the gallbladder turns, ” Daniel had a painful attack the day that he switched to 100% traditional food. Although he had no further problems, he was encouraged to see his physician Dr. Hardin. Dr. Hardin referred Daniel for an ultrasound, which showed possible sludge on the gallbladder… and also, possible tumors on the liver. Dr. Hardin referred Daniel for an MRI which cleared his liver but showed possible porcelain gallbladder signs. Dr. Hardin referred Daniel to Dr. Stanton, who said, “I’m not going to twist your arm, but I think you should have it out. Do it when it’s convenient for you rather than when you’re miserable with a future attack.” Daniel decided, “I’ll worry about this later.” Dr. Hardin wrote Daniel a letter encouraging him to have it out.
What convinced me to have the surgery was the fact that my bilirubin count has been elevated in each set of labs that have been drawn since the attack. Although I’m not feeling any negative impacts, my liver is working harder for some reason. Rather than suffer jaundice or any of the other nasty side-effects of out-of-whack bilirubin counts, I’ve decided to have the surgery.
Dr. Stanton, the surgeon, plans to do it laparoscopically. Provided everything goes as planned, I’ll be in and out of the operating room within an hour. Feedback from my friends who’ve had this procedure done is that it’s an easy recovery, which I look forward to. I’ve scheduled it for the Monday of Spring Break just in case.
Have you had your gallbladder out?
- Gallbladder, Ultrasound, MRI, Tumor, and Other Scary Words (needlesspounds.com)