Welcome to my cooking blog. My name is Michelle Jenkins. Let me start by admitting that these are NOT gourmet meals, they are NOT fine dining, but they are mine. I have cooked all of these recipes and taken my own photos. They are fairly simple recipes, most of them are quick to prepare and cook and all of them are delicious. I only post my successes! If something doesn't work out, I don't post it. I hope you enjoy this blog.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

You have the gall!

So it's been awhile since I blogged due to studies. I haven't cooked anything special in awhile due to time constraints, however now it's time to share.

I'll tell you a secret if you promise not to let the world know...I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I've had it for years and it's been no biggie! I just need to eat at least one piece of fruit every day and some veggies with dinner and I'm OK. On top of that I also have a twisted bowel so I need to avoid deep fried food like fish and chips...yum...and well, anything deep fried. That's no biggie either - I can deal with that and when I need to fulfil my craving of hot chips I buy frozen chips from the supermarket which can be oven cooked so it's all good.

HOWEVER ... in addition to that I have recently discovered I have gall stones in my gall bladder. About a year ago I developed chest pain so bad that my husband called an ambulance. I took some strong pain tablets and over the next 3-4hrs the pain went away and I was sent home from hospital. It was suggested at the time that I could have been having a gall bladder attack, so should get an ultrasound to confirm. Well I enrolled in uni, life got in the way and I forgot. I didn't get the pain again until last week.

The ball bladder attack has now been constant for 7 days. I'm on Panadol four hourly plus heat packs to keep the pain under control. I've seen the doctor who gave me an ECG to ensure it wasn't a heart condition, then a CT chest scan to check for a blood clot and a blood test. The blood test along with the  CT scan showed gall stones. I have a referral to a specialist next week so at the moment I am biding my time on pain tablets...it's not pretty. Thank goodness to my very generous family who have been doing every thing for me while I am confined to a reclined or flat position in bed!

I've checked online about treatment and it appears I will need to have the gall bladder removed- the specialist will probably confirm that next week. If that is the case I will need to change my diet...again. So for the meantime this blog is going to be a bit of a food diary. I intend to record my meals and symptoms on this blog as a record for future reference. You never know - maybe there are other gall-bladder-attack sufferers out there who may benefit. So spread the word. Please link me to your blogs, your sites, your social networks and get this information out to other sufferers. Together we may save some pain and suffering.

Michelle XD

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