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I am mom to a 15 year old boy and identical twin 6 year old boys. I am the wife of a wonderful man. I have had celiac disease for 15 years. Those things define me in that order, everything else falls in line! I homeschool because the public school system was just letting my smart child slip through not learning a thing, on the honor roll no less. While I eat a completely gluten free diet I don't keep a gluten free household. No reason to make the kids suffer with me! I am writing a gluten free cookbook (slowly!) because I can't stand all the gluten free recipes out there that use five hundred flours, and I want to eat normal food like non-celiacs do. Just like I used to, I use one all purpose flour that ROCKS, The Gluten Free Pantry's All Purpose Flour. No, I do not get paid to say that ;) Every recipe on my blog can also be made with regular flour, use it just like I use my gf flour!

Mar 28, 2013

Gall Bladder Surgery

I have not posted recently, because I had gall bladder surgery! Three weekends ago I went to urgent care with terrible stomach pains, right under my ribs on the right and left side of my stomach. The doc pushed around on my belly and told me I had to go to the ER to get my appendix and gall bladder checked out. I had one very large gall stone, no infection, but man the pain was awful! I just couldn't get comfortable no matter where I sat or laid down. So, I had laproscopic surgery to remove my gall bladder two weeks ago!

The pain the day after surgery was mind numbing. First let me say they insert CO2 into your abdomen to make room to move around in, and to see what they are doing. So the gas is not in your digestive system, and even though they try to get all the gas out, you'll still have gas bubbles. That's what hurts after surgery. I was fine walking around and moving my shoulders to get the gas bubbles out of my shoulders, but I had one spot right where the two incisions were, where my gall bladder used to be, that was so painful I couldn't breathe. I had to go back to the ER and get better pain medication, and a medicine to help with the gas! It hurt to breathe in so much I was crying, and I never cry. I hate crying. That was just more than I could handle.

Once that specific pain was gone, I felt so much better! Of course, when your stomach muscles are cut even a tiny bit you have some recovery time. However, it's been two weeks and here I am, able to put my own socks on again and able to do some housework! I even picked up one of my twins today, who weigh 41lbs each! My incisions are all healed except for my belly button, which is healing just not healed yet.

I have kept to a very low fat high fiber diet. It helps, seriously. I have been eating a lot of fresh and dried fruit, gluten free breads, gluten free (oat free!) granola (I like Bakery On Main) and I have been sprinkling ground flaxseed over my cereals in the morning. I have been sticking to poultry, and plan to reintroduce red meat next week. So far I haven't had any issues like so many others have told me about (vomiting, diarrhea, all that fun stuff). I'm very thankful to have such an awesome doctor, and thankful she told me how to care for myself after surgery :)

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