what a week i have had. culminating in a trip to the ER yesterday morning UGH! it was actually a calculated visit on my part to save some time and worry. in my late twenties i battled severe liver and gallbladder disease. i spent more than three years in constant discomfort to massive nausea and pain so bad i would pass out - all while working, going to school and raising my boys by myself :P in those three years i underwent monitoring tests every 3 months and my condition continued to deteriorate with traditional western medicine offering NOTHING that could help me. then a friend took me to his accupuncturist - MIRACLES happened! now, i did not believe in accupuncture at the time but i was desperate and scared. i was heading for the liver transplant list. i went to the accupuncturist 3 times a week for 6 months - he did the needle treatments and also taught me alot about my body - what to eat, herbal supplements to use, what to not eat and how to recognize my body's signals and adjust my behavior and diet accordingly if necessary. my liver went back down to normal size and began functioning perfectly. the nausea and pain stopped! and it has been fine for more than 10 years. until now. it's back. so i headed in to the ER and they got all of the preliminary tests out of the way - blood work, ultrasound, xrays and CT scan - NO gall stones, NO abnormally large liver or other organs, liver function is still in the normal range, etc. which leaves my gallbladder. it is not functioning again and i need to get a Hida Scan - HATE those and they HURT BADLY! after that, gallbladder removal. however i don't like the stories i read about life after removal - it does NOT sound like an improvement. so i am hoping i can remember all the doc taught me and go back to that. i would do accupuncture in a heartbeat but ins. doesn't cover that. you know how everyone says obamacare is bad and we will no longer have control over our healthcare decisions? well if you think you have control now you are kidding yourself. SOOOO after you read my post i would love to hear from any of you who has experience with gallbladder removal or NOT removing it. please leave me a comment!
afternoon/evening is the worst so i try to do things in the morning - one thing i am working on right now is my Suzi Blu Petite Dolls class - the best EVER! ok i said that about dina wakely and dion dior too....anyway, i am working on a really fun one right now with a petite doll i drew based on my friend catherine and the apron i made for her when she became the master of cake decorating (see her pics here).