The Gallbladder is Gone, Gone, Gone!

I am home, with three kitties curled up in bed next to me, and am feeling really pretty good. The percoset has kept the pain at bay, (though it is doing diddlybupkiss for the caffeine headache, unfortunately) and I have slept most of the afternoon away. Kat and Zak are napping downstairs, the house is quiet, and I can rest and heal.

Thank you all for your support while I have struggled to write about foo:, the topic had become next to impossible for me to care about. At the end of this ordeal, nearly everything I ate caused pain or nausea, or on lucky days, both. But thanks to you all who stuck with me through the long stretches of silence with a recipe here and there.

From here on out, things will improve.

Thank you all again–you are the best!


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  1. Glad to hear and best wishes!

    Comment by doesn't really matter — November 19, 2009 #

  2. Awesome!!

    Comment by Cindy — November 19, 2009 #

  3. I had my gallbladder out last year – if you have any after care questions feel free to email me! Rest well!

    Comment by Joy — November 19, 2009 #

  4. Out-patient surgery is just wonderful, isn’t it? I’m so glad you’re home – heal quickly!

    Comment by Jan — November 19, 2009 #

  5. There’s no emoticon for a thumbs up, but glad to hear it all went OK.

    Comment by TikiPundit — November 19, 2009 #

  6. Sending get well wishes your way–and hopefully in time for holiday feasting. Your blog is a source of inspiration; I’m glad you stuck with it.

    PS The South Indian Aloo Mattar is awesome.

    Comment by Laura — November 19, 2009 #

  7. Barbara:
    Great news!!
    All the best for a fantastic convalescence.
    Aileen in Nova Scotia

    Comment by Aileen — November 19, 2009 #

  8. So glad you are doing so well. That’s great!

    I can sympathize with the caffeine withdrawal headache. I’ve recently had gastritis (pales in comparison to gallbladder woes!) and have given up coffee, tea, wine, spicy food for the duration. And hoo-boy – my caffeine withdrawal headache was nasty. Five days of feeling like death. And I only ever drank one cup a day, albeit a very strong one. I think it must be a good thing to stop for a while if that was what happened when I tried to quit. I’m sure I’ll be back again drinking my beloved Peet’s, but not until the new year at least.

    Comment by Diane — November 19, 2009 #

  9. Here’s hoping for a quick recovery! 🙂

    Comment by Laura — November 20, 2009 #

  10. Diane–coffee and tea are good for you–the bioflavinoids in them help with various illnesses-possibly even helping with cancer prevention.

    The caffeine itself may not be great for you, but it does help me wake up in the morning.

    Comment by Barbara — November 20, 2009 #

  11. MMMMmMmmmm, percoset. Have you listened to rice crispies in milk yet? When I had a mild form of meningitis, was in the hospital, on morphine, loved the sound of rice crispies in milk.

    xo, Biggles

    Comment by Dr. Biggles — November 20, 2009 #

  12. Strangely enough, Biggles, frosted rice crispies is what I had for dinner last night and breakfast today–and they are indeed loud little buggers when one is under the spell of percoset!

    Comment by Barbara — November 20, 2009 #

  13. YIPEE!!!! Love the news. Now don’t rush back into a full schedule. Let your body heal and your family spoil you.

    Comment by Maureen — November 20, 2009 #

  14. Maureen, last night, while Zak was out picking up Morganna and Brittney so they could come see me, Kat ran out of juice, so I was in the kitchen getting her some when they came in the house.

    Three people bustled me back to the couch, fussed at me for moving and gave me thirty-two kinds of hell for not letting them do everything. I was told in no uncertain terms that I was only to get up to walk to and from the bathroom…..

    Comment by Barbara — November 20, 2009 #

  15. I’m supremely happy to hear that you’re safe and sound at home. Your food blog has been an inspiration for me and has helped see me through my time abroad living alone. I adore your anecdotes and look forward to reading and learning from you in the future. Have a swift and speedy recovery!

    Comment by 'tino — November 20, 2009 #

  16. Happy to hear that you are on the mend! Bed, kitties and a laptop, what more does one need?

    Comment by jo — November 20, 2009 #

  17. Speedy recovery, Barbara!

    Comment by Serendipity Handmade — November 21, 2009 #

  18. Sending your way wishes and prayers, Barbara. There is a Tamil saying around the ‘hand that feeds’ being blessed. For all the virtual feeding and the joy your writing brings, may you heal fast, and heal well. Here’s to lots of action at Tigersandstrawberries in the months to come..

    Comment by Roxana — November 21, 2009 #

  19. Did you consider getting revenge by taking it home in a plastic bag and cooking it sous vide?

    Comment by Trig — November 21, 2009 #

  20. I’m so glad the surgery went smoothly and will be thinking of you! Your food writing is one of my favorite things to read online.

    Here’s hoping for a smooth recovery and for your continued good health in the days to come.

    Comment by Julia — November 21, 2009 #

  21. I’m glad to hear things went well, and I wish you the very best recovery and lots of yummy cooking and blogging to follow!

    Comment by Ushma — November 21, 2009 #

  22. I have been including you in my prayers and I’m so glad that the surgery is over, that you are home with family and cats. Get a lot of R&R and know that our love and care is with you and flowing toward you with healing thoughts.

    Comment by Nancy — November 21, 2009 #

  23. Get well soon!

    Comment by Jumper — November 21, 2009 #

  24. So happy to hear you’re on the mend. Hope you’re back to better than new in no time.

    Comment by Christine — November 22, 2009 #

  25. Get well soon, I hope you have a new lease for life once you heal. I love to hear your stories about the family, cats and food…

    Comment by jennywenny — November 23, 2009 #

  26. Best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery! And do listen to those lovely people in your family who are admonishing you to rest and let them take care of you, okay?

    Comment by Lexica — November 23, 2009 #

  27. Get well very soon Barbara 🙂

    Comment by Aarti — November 24, 2009 #

  28. All the best Barbara – take care, mend and be well. We can wait, your family can take care of you for a few days while you recuperate.


    Comment by Mike Dunham — November 26, 2009 #

  29. Hope you are doing well.
    Healing is your first priority.
    When you feel better, let us know.
    Take care.

    Comment by Dan Jenkins — November 26, 2009 #

  30. I hope that you feel better soon!

    Comment by jt — November 28, 2009 #

  31. Good to hear that! I wish you all the best and a quick recovery, Barbara.

    Comment by Maninas — November 29, 2009 #

  32. Wishing you a very speedy recovery.

    Comment by pamwest — December 2, 2009 #

  33. Hope by now you are on the mend and happy to eat again!

    Comment by Diane — December 2, 2009 #

  34. Wish you a speedy recovery. Hope you are doing a lot better now.

    Comment by Cilantro — December 4, 2009 #

  35. Oh, bummer, I came to check in and see you are (I’ll assume) still in recovery. I hope you’re on your feet and feeling great soon, Barbara.

    Comment by Kristi — December 7, 2009 #

  36. Oh man, I’d gotten woefully behind on feeds and hadn’t seen all you’d been dealing with these last weeks/months. Glad you’ve dealt with the offending organ and I hope you’re continuing to be on the mend.

    Comment by Erin — December 9, 2009 #

  37. I wanted to let you know that
    YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU KNOW! I just dropped in and LOVE your site…
    I am not going to say “feel better soon.” More so, when you are feeling yucky, may you be comforted.

    Comment by Special K — December 10, 2009 #

  38. Take care Barbara and rest up. Get well soon and all the best.

    Comment by Shirley Lim — December 11, 2009 #

  39. i had my gaul bladder removed last year i have been a mess with alot of foods i could eat but now i cant ,i didnt give up coffee hope you get better soon

    Comment by cheri H — December 12, 2009 #

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