My Captured Moment: My Happy Place

I always thought that people who went on holiday whilst off work sick were swinging the lead. But now that I have actually been off sick (I went back to work on Friday) I can see why it is a good thing and why anyone that is able should do it.

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Gallbladder Removal – Ending The Agony

**This blog post (Gallbladder Removal – Ending The Agony) contains images of my post baby, post gallbladder-ectomy (a new term I’m trying out) belly – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!**

You should know that I am in no way a medical processional – so if you’ve found my blog looking for answers about what might happen when you have your gallbladder removed from someone who has recently had theirs removed YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE!

However, if you are looking for sound medical advice you should always consult your doctor.

I am now three weeks post op – rewind to three weeks and three days ago I was sat up in bed desperately googling anything to do with gallbladder surgery and what would happen from someone who wasn’t a medical centre website. I found nothing.

I wanted answers to my questions such as: Would it hurt? What would my scarring me like? What do I need to take to the hospital with me? What are the chances of things going wrong? You can read more about my pre-op anxiety here. At that moment in time I vowed to myself that once I was feeling better I would write all about what I went through.

So, answers to my own questions: 

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Gallbladder Removal – Pre-Op Anxiety

Two weeks ago I went into hospital to have a procedure that I have been waiting for since November 2015. I started this series by telling you all about my journey to a diagnosis. 

After I was diagnosed as having gallstones, I was relieved that there was treatment available but frustrated that the treatment wasn’t immediate. I’d have to continue living with gallstones until my surgery could be arranged on the NHS but at least the end of the tunnel was in sight. Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is the term used for the operation that I had – gallbladder removal using key hole surgery.

Gallbladder Removal - Pre-Op Anxiety written by katie haydock for life on vista street blog

The day before I went into hospital I went to work as normal… And immediately regretted it. Read more

Gallbladder Removal – My Diagnosis

Two weeks ago I went into hospital to have a procedure that I have been waiting for since November 2015 (I mentioned it in my last round up).

Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy is the fancy term for ‘having your gallbladder out’. In my case, this was due to the bastardy little stones encased in my gallbladder.

I’ll start from the beginning…

I had been suffering with severe stomach pains (that felt like trapped wind) since the beginning of 2013. During this time I was pregnant so assumed the pain was exactly what it felt like – trapped wind.

Gallbladder Removal - My Diagnosis written by katie haydock for life on vista street blog

After the birth of my daughter the pains happened more often and began to get more and more painful. My diet wasn’t the best admittedly and I did put a fair bit of weight on during 2014 and the first half of 2015. Weight gain doesn’t cause gallstones but it certainly doesn’t help with the symptoms.

After a particularly bad (what I began to call) episode I went to the doctors…

My symptoms?

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