Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Pain in the ...

Stomach. I have a pain in my stomach. Ok, technically my right side. It started last week with severe cramping, diarrhea and vomitting. The diarrhea and vomit went away, but the pain did not. After several calls to my mom (a registered nurse) complaining, she told me to just go to the ER because it sounded like my gallbladder. Apparently gallstones run rampant in my family.

Five hours later, the good news is I don't have gallstones. But the pain was still there. The ER doc was a cool chick who basically told me to follow up with my doctor who would be able to do all sorts of tests to find out if it is ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. Someone said it could be an ulcer. I wouldn't doubt it. I worry endlessly; I even have anxiety-riddled dreams, that I am back in school and can't remember my locker combination. Or that I am constantly forgetting something.

A favorite author of mine, Jen Lancaster, talked about a book called Eat, Pray, Love on her blog so I bought it. It's about a woman's journey to find out who she is by traveling to three different countries. I have delved wholeheartedly into the book and am loving it so far. When I finish it, I will give a better summation and what I learned from it. In the meantime, I was told to wait a couple days for a phone call so I can set up an appointment to see my doctor. Good thing I'm not dying.

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