“Well, there’s good news and there’s bad news.” That’s what the ER Dr. said last week as she reviewed my CT scan results. And that’s summation of my G.I. doctor’s appointment today.
Do you want the good news first? … I thought you might. Well, the pain I’ve been experiencing has nothing at all to do with the diverticulosis or fatty liver that I have. A proper diet of high fiber, lots of fruits and veggies should help both conditions. She really didn’t seemed phased by either of those diagnoses. I was deeply relieved on many counts, namely that I’m holding tightly onto the years I have left before turning half a century, thus receiving this magical card for an honorary colonoscopy. No thanks. Delay. Delay, please.
The bad news is … The pain I’m having may be due to my gall bladder. Sigh.
So, she’s sending me for a Hida (Hepatobilary) Scan to test the functionality of my gall bladder. They inject a dye via i.v. and you lay on the table for an hour while a camera takes pictures. Oh joy. Do I sound excited? I thought my excitement might shine through. 😉
I am glad to undergo further testing and hopefully get to the bottom of my pain; however, I do not relish the thought of laying on a table for an hour. She’s also sending me for more lab work.
All in all, I thought it was a very thorough visit and plan on resting until my next appointment.
Earlier I Googled gall bladder symptoms, etc. and came across this hilariously insulting but possibly true statement by Jordan Knowlton on Livescience.com:
“Those prone to gallbladder disease usually fall into the five F’s:
Fair, Fat, 40, Female & Flatulent.”
I’ve just been summed up in one sentence. 😉