Dodgy gallbladder, fatty liver

Well, it has been a long time since I posted.  My health hasn’t been great, I’ve had pain that radiates right through my back and also a crippling stabbing pain in my ribs. I was referred for a scan and it has shown that my gallbladder is inflamed, and possibly has gallstones although they can’t say for sure as the inflamation made the images less clear.  My liver enzymes are also not working properly and thus my liver is fatty.  Sounds glam, eh?!  Problems with the liver function can make weight loss hard, which explains why I have been struggling even when I’ve been eating healthily.

This has been a kick up the butt for me though. People who have problems with their gallbladder are apparently more at risk of heart attacks.  This scares me witless as my Dad died of a heart attack when I was just a few months older than my son is now.  I have really cut back on the less healthy food, and am trying to ensure that any ‘junk’ I do eat is lower fat.

My actual weigh had been sneaking up again and is now on the downward slide again.  I was 13st 6lbs when I stepped on the scales on Monday.  I need to lose weight as it is likely I will need to have the gallbladder removed and that can’t happen if it is inflamed as it would cause complications.  The doctor says to aim for losing 14lbs to start with, I just know that I need to get proactive and do something about it as it scares me to think that my health could be endangered.  No chocolate bar is worth missing out on watching my boy growing up for.

Please support me on this journey as it is scary and tough.  I am petrified about going to hospital, I have only ever been for scans before and never had an operation or stayed overnight.  I’ve never had a general anaesthetic.  I hate needles.  The thought of having any kind of cut to my body makes me feel nauseous.  But I keep reminding myself that it is just one small op and hopefully health and my life would be better as a result.

 

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Long time since posting! (including MM for September)

Well, I have been away from here for a while!  Settling the little guy into school, returning to work, general malaise, Open University…the autumnal feel is definitely upon me. I had a birthday last week which made me reassess life a bit and was an eye opener.  I had a few days where I was seriously down in the dumps, proper full-on ‘I want to hibernate and hide away from everyone’ kind of down in the dumps.  I was also quite poorly and had suspected gallstones, which I am waiting for a scan date for.

But now I have pulled myself up, brushed myself down and am back in some control, of both my life and my weight.  For the past few weeks I have been eating badly and put weight on-last week I was 13st 9lbs.  I knew it was going to happen, but the repulsion I felt on the scales compounded my feelings of anger/disappointment in myself.  This week I have been having a few treats, but they have definitely been ‘treats’ rather than getting into habits of eating too much.  My main meals have been healthier again, more pasta and more fresh food.  And it has paid dividends- 13st 4.75lbs as of this morning.

I also measured myself a fortnight ago, and my hunch that I was getting smaller was right- 5 inches off overall.

R Bicep 13 in (was 13.5)

L Bicep 12 in (was 12)

Bust at fullest  44 in (was 44)

Under bust 37.5 in (was 38)

Waist at thinnest 36.5 in (was 37)

Middle at largest point 46.5 in (was 48)

R thigh 22 in (was 23)

L thigh 21.5 in (was 22.5)

So this is working.  I am getting smaller.  I am also feeling fitter on the school run, at least, I am panting a bit less on the hilly section.

And I am so nearly out of that obese category, hoping that very soon I will be in the overweight section (is it normal to want to be overweight?!).  3 weeks until the Christening too and I have delayed buying a dress…can’t find anything suitable that I like!  And also secretly hping I’ll wake up and magically be a size 12…