A Letter to My Most Hated Organ

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Dear Gall Bladder,

If all of this pain is truly your fault, I just want you to know that I hate your guts. Well, I guess that would mean I hate my own guts?

You already know I have a low pain tolerance. And, dear Gall Bladder, that I am 14 weeks pregnant. Which means I may not be able to DO anything about your insistence to torment me.

GB, I cannot keep this baby healthy and eat no fat for 26 weeks! This is insane. Please quit your lolly-gagging and start working properly.


Your Owner

I’m having an ultrasound tomorrow morning to determine what’s going on with my gall bladder or if that’s even the problem. Please keep me and Baby the other “Vanderbilts” in your prayers–I’ve been a big waste of space since Friday. I hate it!


8 thoughts on “A Letter to My Most Hated Organ

  1. Oh I feel pain Jessie!! I had gall bladder issues for years but it was never confirmed that that was my problem until AFTER I had my gall bladder removed.

    I went through two pregnancies with the gall bladder issues and I remember how miserable I was. There's nothing worse than that pain. Does it remind you of back contractions that just. don't. stop?? That's how they always felt for me.

    I wish I had some quick tricks for you. Pepto Bismol works really well, but you can't take that when you're pregnant. Maybe ask your doctor if there are other alternatives it would be safe to take. From personal experience, I'd say the liquid is the way to go.

    Email if you have any questions or just need sympathy from someone who's been there. I could just cry for you remembering the pain!! I'm praying!!

  2. Had mine out 2 years ago … remember? The only time I miss it is when all the bile that used to be stored in the gall bladder and now goes straight to the digestive system decides to wreak havoc on my system. That's about once every two weeks. I know surgery wouldn't be ideal, but my sister had her appendix out when she was 5 months pregnant and that was before laproscopic techniques were perfected. Hang in there!

  3. Oh Jessie, awful. Just awful. I had gall bladder problems when I was a freshman in college. Worst. pain. ever. And, I can say that now, after having a child (back labor for me too, Kate!) So young, they didn't even think to look for it. Turns out I had a zillion gallstones and was in the hospital for a week. I did not want to miss any more classes (dork-o-rama), so I elected to postpone surgery until summer break. Well, 19 year old college students aren't so good at sticking to the no-fat diet. I ended up having an attack before my scheduled surgery and had to have emergency surgery to remove that bad boy. I hope you find out what's going on and they can do something to make you more comfortable. Keep us posted!

  4. I feel your pain, literally! I'm 26 weeks pregnant, and I've had four gall bladder attacks. My second one landed me in the hospital, and the ultrasound confirmed it. I've heard of several women that have had their gall bladders removed while pregnant. I was 20 weeks along, so my doctor is having me wait until the baby comes. It depends on the doctor.
    The diet is rough during pregnancy.I basically eat PBJ and turkey lunchmeat sandwiches every day. No fat, no fried foods, no grease, no meat, no eggs…I lost 14 lbs in 4 weeks! But as long as I stick to the strict diet, I don't have attacks.
    Best of luck to you and your family, hopefully you will find a solution that works for you!

  5. This is AWFUL! I'm so sorry. I had an attack and did a natural cure to pass the stones. I was sore for weeks afterward, but nothing like the pain of attacks.
    I'd ask my Dr. about the olive oil/passing cure, though. Since you're growing a person & all.
    I'm hoping & praying things get better for you!

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