Blog roundup: Attack of the choleliths edition.

A few nights ago I had what I thought was a really bad case of indigestion and nausea. Zantac couldn’t touch it. It got worse. I tried to make myself vomit and couldn’t.

Eventually I realized that (a) indigestion shouldn’t feel like this and (b) I had eaten a fairly healthy dinner. A doctor’s visit and an ultrasound determined that it was a gall-bladder attack.

My advice is to avoid this sort of thing if you can. It really did feel like an attack. Specifically, it felt like a cement boxing glove hitting my upper abdomen over and over again. Wow, was that unpleasant.

That’s one reason it’s been a quiet week. At least I got the giveaway posted.

Now here’s a little light reading, from toilets to Tebowing.

Toilet paper math at I Pick Up Pennies

Eighty-three rules for eating well? EIGHTY-THREE? at DanaStabenow.com

The non-sports fan’s guide to Tim Tebow at Gawker.com (milk-snortingly funny)

Pinkness ensures replication of patriarchal ideals at I Blame The Patriarchy (love the way the second paragraph is written)

Don’t overdose on debt for a child’s education at AskLizWeston.com

We have lost our moral compass at Still Small Voice

Goodbye Costco at Dogs or Dollars

Do retailers know too much about shoppers? at Consumerism Commentary

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  1. Been there and done that too, Donna. Get that thing surgically removed ASAP! You’ll feel much better…

  2. Gall bladder attacks suck. I had them for about a year not knowing what they were until I had an attack that caused me to start vomiting blood. At that point I decided it would be smart to have it checked out.

    Hope they have your gall bladder fixed so you won’t have any future attacks.

  3. Marcia Carli

    Donna, I hope you are feeling better! Take care and get some rest!

  4. I’m in the gall bladder club too. We can all be miserable together. I hope you feel better.

  5. Ouch! That sounds horrible. I’m glad you’re going to be okay, and I hope you’re feeling better.

  6. Yuck! Hope you are feeling better :)!!

  7. Hope you get to feeling better soon!

  8. I hope you feel better!

    That article on Tebow was great, hilarious and informative, lol!!!

    • Donna Freedman

      @CandiO: Hope you weren’t drinking milk (or, worse, soda) while you read the Tebow piece.
      Thanks for your good wishes. In fact, thanks to everyone for the good wishes.

  9. Get it out! I had attacks for years and spent 2 or 3 nights a week sleeping in a hot bath tub sucking down aspirin ( helped the pain a lot) – I hope you have insurance – get it out soon.

  10. I think you lost an “l” in your heading: it’s “choleliths”. However you spell it, I understand it’s very painful, and wish you luck.

  11. …and the “fun” just keeps coming Donna. Cheez!!! DM had gall bladder problems for quite a while and finally had to have it removed. Boy she would be in severe pain with those attacks …so I know this was no picnic for you. Hope you recover quickly. What did the Doc suggest?..surgery?…change in diet & wait and see?

    • Donna Freedman

      @Jestjack: The actual confirmation came on Friday afternoon but the doc didn’t get back in touch before close of business. The office was closed today for the holiday. Tomorrow I hope to get some clear suggestions.
      And yeah, it was pretty uncomfortable.

  12. Sorry to hear this! Glad you are feeling better . . .

  13. ImJuniperNow

    I assume the whites of your eyes didn’t turn Easter egg yellow also. THAT’s a fun side effect of gall bladder attacks.

    Feel better soon!

    • Donna Freedman

      @ImJuniperNow: Eeewww, no yellow eyes yet. Hope it doesn’t happen. If it does I’m gonna have to take a picture to gross out my nephews.

  14. Your daughter’s blog “I Pick Up Pennies” says you have a daily blog at MSN…frugal cool? Tell us more!

    • Donna Freedman

      @Karla: It just started yesterday; soon I’ll put up a post about it. Short form: Instead of having an every-other-week long column, I’m going to do a daily frugality blog.
      The URL is http://money.msn.com/frugal-living. Joe Bob says check it out.
      Thanks for your interest, and for reading Surviving and Thriving.

  15. Those darn docs, taking a holiday off, can you believe it?
    (I actually worked President’s Day)

    Hope you feel better.
    You may be writing
    Blog Roundup: Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Edition soon….If so good luck.

    • Donna Freedman

      @Dr. Dean: You had to work that day? Pooh. Then again, maybe some women schedule their annual exams on a day they won’t have to take personal/sick time to do it.
      And yep, the doc wants me to have it out. Maybe I’ll do “Blog roundup: Gall-less in Seattle edition.”
      Thanks for your good wishes, and thanks for reading Surviving and Thriving.
      P.S. Will I see you at FinCon12?

  16. I know you’re pain. My first time woke me up in the middle of the night. About three weeks later, the pain started again a little while after dinner. I thought it would never go away. The next day while talking to a co-worker they told me it sounded like a gall bladder problem. I made an appointment with my doctor and found out that I had gall stones. We scheduled what turned out to be a quick outpatient surgery. My gall bladders gone and I haven’t even missed it. Go to a doctor before it turns into an emergency!

  17. Congratulations on the daily blog! Just checked it out — excellent!

  18. Yes, my bride and I have already registered for Fincon12. Looking forward to it. Are you speaking again?

    • Donna Freedman

      @DrDean: Hope to! I’m working on my program proposal now. But I’ll attend no matter what. My daughter, who blogs at IPickUpPennies.net, is going to be there, too.


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