Gallbladder Out

It’s amazing how sore you can get when surgeons remove one of your internal organs. But I’m on the mend. Thanks for all the good wishes.


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Steven Garrity on April 10, 2003 - 03:56 Permalink

I hope you are feeling better soon, Peter. I’m sorry, but I have to ask: where is your gallbladder now?

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Oliver Baker on April 10, 2003 - 06:45 Permalink

Hurray! The gallbladder is dead! Long live the gallbladder owner! (Hmmm… Could it really be just a coincidence that Saddam Hussein seems to have disappeared around the same day? I think Peter’s gallbladder may now be living with Saddam with his collection of biological weapons alongside Hitler and Bruce Lee in Argentina)

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Rob MacD on April 10, 2003 - 14:02 Permalink

I must confess that I wept when the statue of Peter’s gallbladder came crashing down. And you really could hear a “gasp” when the American flag was draped over it. Glad to hear you’re on the mend.

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Rob Fletcher on April 10, 2003 - 15:33 Permalink

I hope you’re feeling better as well. Even if you’re still sore from the surgery, there’s psychological comfort in knowing a nasty something inside of you that was working against your best interests is gone. It’s like that rush you get when you pull out a big splinter, but exponentially greater.

I don’t know if you’re on a post-surgical diet. But(check with your doctor first) usually a clear liquid diet includes gummis. Something squashy-yet-solid spices up the broth and ice chips.

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Matt on April 10, 2003 - 15:41 Permalink

Like the mythic story of Einstein’s preserved brain (as told in Michael Paterniti’s “Driving Mr. Albert”) I look forward to the memoir and film adapation, chronicling Peter and his gallbladder’s many adventures.

Take care, Peter! Thanks for the great cd!

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Andrew Chisholm on April 10, 2003 - 18:58 Permalink

The only operation I have ever had was getting my tonsils and adenoids removed. It was painful for a couple days but from what I hear it is nothing compared to getting a gallbladder removed so I can just imagine the pain you are in…

Cheeres to a speedy recovery, Peter.

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KDoyle on April 10, 2003 - 20:05 Permalink

I have heard rumors (unsubstantiated) that the gallbladder which was removed was actually a double. The real gallbladder remains safe in a hidden lair.

Best wishes to a speedy recovery, Peter.

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Justin on April 10, 2003 - 22:32 Permalink

How quickly they turn on your gall bladder when just last month it received 100% of the vote! Which organ gets voted off next? More importantly, which organ is the favourite to lead your body in the upcoming restructuring, or are you expecting a coalition from various regions of your self?

WTG Peter. You won’t miss it.

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Rob MacD on April 11, 2003 - 13:50 Permalink

Not a ‘coalition’, but rather a ‘colon-ition’.

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Will on April 11, 2003 - 15:30 Permalink

I hope you enjoyed our little card.

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dave moses on April 12, 2003 - 13:11 Permalink

I’d like to say i still wish that peter had not acted unilaterally to remove his gall bladder. but what’s done is done. i hope things in the rest of the body get back to normal as soon as possible

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stephen good on April 12, 2003 - 14:30 Permalink

I still have my gallbladder but I had my appendix taken out. I wondered why I was in so much pain and then it dawned on me that going in for surgery is basically no different than being on the losing end of a knife fight except the cutting is more rectilinear and hygeinic. But it is true — make yourself get out of bed, painful as it is, and the healing will actually happen faster. Hope you have a pleasant convalescence.

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Craig Willlson on April 12, 2003 - 15:50 Permalink

Stephen is absolutely correct. Following 6 hours of back surgery I met my very gifted Chinese surgeon while I was wobbling down the hall of Moncton Neurological Centre, heading for the smoking area. I was holding on to the wall and moving *very* carefully. “Ah so”, he said <yes, he=”” actually=”” said=”” that=”“>, “you a smoker — that good — you walk ‘round quicker — that good.”

He was right. Only time a doc ever told me smoking was good.

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Rob Paterson on April 18, 2003 - 18:14 Permalink

Dear Peter
I am back from sunny Florida and hope that you are on the mend. Best wishes Rob
ps Didn’t President Jonhson show his scar to the media — how about a sneaky look at yours on the web?

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Cindee on July 18, 2003 - 01:39 Permalink

I’ve had my gallbladder out for 14 yrs. I was 16 when I had the surgury. And I still suffer from gallbladder attacks. Just wondering if their is anyone out there with the same outcome as me, after your surgury.

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CANADA on September 8, 2005 - 02:11 Permalink

Hey im sister is having her gallbladder out this weekend she is 21 should we be worried that something might not go right were scared…can any one help us..would could happen when this is getting done please someone tell me online doesnt really say anything…

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Tee on March 26, 2012 - 01:54 Permalink

I just wanted to say thank you for this post! I have trouble explaining my symptoms and how I feel to my friends and family. You described pretty much everything perfectly & with a hint of humour! Love it!

I’ve searched the internet for information on my gall bladder…guess it’s time to book ‘my’ appointment. Thanks again, Tee

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concerned on January 25, 2013 - 20:42 Permalink

the article is great, almost exactly what i am experiencing, but i note this was in 2003, with not seeing a post from you since then unless im missing something. this is 2013.. Peter did you survive the operation i hope?