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I had a cholecystectomy on June 13, 2018. My gallbladder was significantly inflamed and there was a stone stuck in the bile duct. If I waited any longer, I would have ended up in the emergency room. This could have caused complications depending on the expertise of the doctor on duty on that day. As it is, I got to pick the best doctor in town with years of experience.
The surgery went smoothly. There was no need for pain meds. The pain level was from 2 to 4 for the first few days. Quite tolerable. There was zero pain in bed at night. No shoulder pain, no diarrhea, just slight bloating from the gas pumped into the stomach during the operation. There was some bruising and minor swelling around the four incisions. I was able to resume my workouts two weeks after the surgery except ab crunches (two more weeks for that).
I'm glad I chose to have the surgery in spite of misgivings from reading horror stories online. I do not know if my lifestyle and diet played a role in my fuss-free recovery. Here's what I did:
I'm a 56 year old female, 5'3 1/2" tall and weigh 109 lbs. I work out 5 days a week, mostly moderate weight-bearing exercises and stretches for strength and flexibility to reverse my osteopenia. In terms of medication, I take a Calcium Citrate tablet every day, and Centrum multi-vitamin and fish oil every other day. One month before my surgery, here's what I did:
Before breakfast - Juice with half a lemon and a spoonful of honey. After the juice, I drank 3 liters of water (normal routine).
Breakfast - Quaker Oats, oat bran, chia seeds, hemp hearts and raisons
Lunch - a bowl of mixed fruits and a cup of non-fat Greek yogurt
Dinner - chicken or seafood with vegetables and fruit for dessert
After dinner - two spoons of sesame seeds and two spoons of sunflower seeds
Right after the surgery, I stayed active with walking and light house chores. I’m still following the above diet for now before slowly transitioning to more diverse foods.
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