Post-surgical rage

It’s been five days since my gallbladder removal. I just want to know if I’m going to poop my pants.

Everyone warned me fatty foods will send me running to the toilet. I asked every doctor and nurse if I was going to poop my pants. They all laughed and said no. They said I could eat anything. I don’t believe any of them.

So, I resolved to eat cautiously. I ate chicken and rice for two days. I iced my belly, and watched movies with my poodles.

Everything was fine… until the prednisone kicked in.

Low-fat dieting and 50mg of prednisone ARE NOT COMPATIBLE.

Even though I tried to taper the prednisone as soon as I could, my body is screaming for more food than my stomach can handle. On top of that, I am so angry.

I’m angry I can’t eat peanut butter cups.

I’m angry I’m in too much pain to make my own safe foods.

I’m angry nobody can tell me when I’m going to poop nor how violent it will be.

I’m angry nobody can tell me why my gallbladder was my latest mast cell disease casualty. (No gallstones.)

I’m angry I have to sit with this anger until it passes.

I’m angry that my anger is overshadowing the wonderful care I received all week from nurses and friends.

Finally, I am so angry that last night, as I took my dogs out to pee, my neighbor shouted from his patio, “How are you?”


I am so angry that nothing I could have yelled would have helped. I stomped off.

Soon I will poop. Soon I will feel better. Soon my neighbor will receive a lawsuit.

10 thoughts on “Post-surgical rage

  1. Delighted to hear you have survived the surgery and had great care. Just wanted to tell you that my Mom had her Gallbladder removed – no stones, it had simply shrivelled up to nothing. We didn’t know then she had hEDS and MCAS! Because it was diseased, every time she ate the pain was horrendous………..for a decade 🙁 After the gallbladder came out she could eat anything she liked – no pain. I’m not going to lie, she’s had occasional bouts of the runs ever since (30 years), but I put that more down to her MCAS and the fact she doesn’t have any treatment for it or follow a low histamine diet! I hope you feel better soon.

  2. This sounds so rough, I’m so sorry. I love your honesty though, the world needs more of that. Sometimes thing suck, big f*cking time. Have they given you any idea about the ‘recovery’ aspects and what to expect without your gallbladder long term? I must admit I’m a bit ignorant as to what it’s like without one of those. I don’t have a large bowel but as far as I’m aware my gallbladder is dandy. If I found I couldn’t eat what I wanted and had to do low fat only I’d be more than a little pissed off. Hang in there. Keep hold of your sense of humour, and I really do hope things can level out a little with the pain soon  ♥
    Caz xx

  3. I hope you’re feeling much better by now. I’m sorry you had such a rough time of it. My gall bladder appeared perfectly normal when they yanked it. It changed nothing for me, except that hunger now hurts like a bitch. I mean, seriously. It feels like rats are trying to tunnel their way out of my stomach when I get hungry. I never leave the house without an approved snack, all toddler-like. Hang in there. I hope it improves things more for you than it did me. xx

  4. Was it hyper kinetic? Or stones? Just curious. Took me 22 months until I could eat beef after mine came out, it had an ejection fraction of 94 or 95. Now I react to everything, but thats another story. Still way better than before.

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