Well, I officially know what’s wrong with me; my gallbladder doesn’t function. Well, it does, a little. It functions at 11%, when functioning at 35% is considered not functional. So, yeah. I could get it taken out, but it wouldn’t even get rid of 100% of my symptoms, so, because surgery is expensive and I’m broke like 100% of the time, I’m holding off on it for now. I will most likely get it taken out eventually, but for now I am simply going to try to manage it the best I can.
Now, what does that mean, exactly? It means that my gallbladder is not secreting bile into my stomach to help digest my food. So, basically, I have to eat things that should be easy (easier) for my stomach to digest (i.e. nothing fatty like red meat and such). Which is not impossible and actually pretty manageable, it just takes more money and more time. I’m sure as I get the hang of it, it will take less time and less money, but for now I’m still learning and figuring out what does and doesn’t work for me.
That being said, it’s hard sometimes. Like the other day when I got off work at 1:30am and was pretty hungry, but was also pretty tired and didn’t want to spend the time making something when I got home. So, I went through the McDonald’s drive thru and got a burger. Not the best choice for my stomach, but oh my gosh it hit the spot. I woke up with a slight stomach ache, but nothing I couldn’t handle. But that was nothing compared to the stomach ache I had yesterday when I had Panda Express. I thought it would be okay-rice, teriyaki chicken, and veggie eggrolls-I figured it shouldn’t upset my stomach, at least not anymore than McDonald’s did. Oh boy, was I wrong! I had the worst stomach ache I’ve had in a month. It hurt so much the only way to get away from the pain was to take a nap, and even then it still hurt when I woke up 2 hours later.
So, conclusion: I know I probably will not go the rest of my life without ever having fast food again, but I absolutely am going to go the rest of my life without ever having Panda Express again. Mostly, I just want to figure all this out and get it under control, and I’m grateful for the extra time I have on my hands to do so.