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Tue, Jan 14 5:52pm · Recent gallbladder surgery in Digestive Health

Thanks. I would like to hear from other people to see if someone has experienced something similar as I have been doing research over the internet and I have not found any reference to this type of sensitivity. My skin is not red or anything like that, it is just very sensitive to the touch around the place where I think the gallbladder was located. That part is still swollen, but the incisions look very good.

Tue, Jan 14 6:52am · Recent gallbladder surgery in Digestive Health

I had my gallbladder removed through laparoscopic surgery just a couple of weeks ago. All the symptoms are gone, yeah! However, I have pain to the touch in the skin, not the incisions, around where the gallbladder was. I asked my doctor during my 2 week follow up and he was not concerned. He said to come back in a month if the pain persists. Has some experienced this? I wonder if I have some nerves inflamed.

Sat, Jan 4 8:09pm · Transplant Caregiver Advice: Got Tips to Share? in Transplants

Wow, these are great questions! I feel at the Mayo Clinic they do a very good job in preparing the caregivers for what is coming; however, there are always surprises. We stayed at the Gabriel House and saw and learned from a diverse group of patients and caregivers. My recommendations would be:
1) Be prepared for the unexpected. My husband had a lung transplant and was released after a week with no issues or side effects. A month later he had to have a hiatal hernia surgery and that seemed to set him back. In addition, I was required to blenderize his diet for two weeks, which was a challenge for him because his stomach could not take the liquid food and for me because I struggled with the lack of space and tools to make this happen. In addition to this, he fell and sprained his ankle which put him behind in his pulmonary rehab, which made us doubt that we would be released at the end of 90 days.
2) Get support from friends and familiy. When my husband had his transplant I was all by myself for 6 hours in the waiting room. Those were the longest hours of my life, but I felt that I was embraced by a virtual community as I was in permanent contact with my husband's sister and brother, our daughter, and our Pastor. After that, I found a wonderful group of friends at the Gabriel House. In particular, I had a lady friend that would walk with me and we became each other's confidants of our frustrations (which will happen).
3) Be prepared to deal with your loved one's frustrations. The Mayo Clinic reinforces the importance of the caregiver to be very involved in the patient's care. We are supposed to learn all the medications, reading lab results so that we can ask intelligent questions, cook nutritious meals and observe the patient for changes. We also have to help with other activities of daily living (i.e. showering). Although this can be overwhelming for the caregiver, it can also be overwhelming for the patient if the caregiver is smothering. The patient, who is usually independent, has to be allowed to do what they can for themselves. At the Gabriel House, they conducted a focus group with male patients who had had a transplant, and while they all appreciated the care received from their partners, they all complained that they felt smothered.
I hope this helps caregivers to be.

Thu, Jan 2 6:57pm · Weight gain from acid reflux meds in Digestive Health

Not at all. I changed to Famotidine (pepcid) for that reason.

Thu, Jan 2 11:26am · Weight gain from acid reflux meds in Digestive Health

I have noticed that I seem to retain fluid when I take Omeprazole

Nov 21, 2019 · Lifestyle changes in Digestive Health

Thanks. I have not been diagnosed with anything yet, but I have some of the symptoms shared in this blog. My GI recommended a Low FODMAP diet. Although I can lose 10 pounds, I am not overweight. I have already cut a lot of my food; in fact, my diet resembles yours now; however, I did not know mint was bad. Also, I may consider stopping eating after 5. I just do not like medications and want to improve by making lifestyle changes.

Nov 20, 2019 · Lifestyle changes in Digestive Health

Hello, has anyone made any lifestyle changes, particularly related to diet, use of essential oils, etc. that has helped them with their digestive problems? Can you share the changes you made?

Oct 14, 2019 · Your best tips for raw food safety post transplant. in Transplants

Hello Rosemary, thanks for reaching out. We are doing very well. We have been back home for 2 months by now and life is getting easier. We have found our routine and are very happy at our home. We follow very closely the guidelines provided by the medical team and nutritionist from the Mayo Hospital and hope not to get in trouble. We will be back for checkups in November. We hope all is well with you and your group as well.