Nessie, my mum had her gallbladder removed just before Christmas. She had gallstones which caused an attack of pancreatitis, and she was in agony. Hospitalised for 10 days while they cleared the infection, then booked in for gallbladder removal 3 weeks later. Two days before op pancreatitis flared up again, readmitted to hospital for another 10 days but this time they decided to keep her in until infection had cleared and then operate straight away. Had op done laparoscopically so good recovery and she's fine now. She said it was so painful - round her back and right side; she had a couple of occurrences of what she thought was bad indigestion before the first attack and some nausea.
What makes you think you might have gallstones? I do hope not.
My tight right calf was soon joined by my left, and the rest of the race was really a battle to keep focused and to try to stretch them out as best I could between strides. When I hit 20 miles I started to focus on the end of the race, and I knew I only had 4 miles to go until I would see my family. Those were 4 tough miles, though, and when I emerged from the Blackfriars underpass and my supporters were nowhere in sight I felt really low and demoralised. They'd had to view from further along the course, so around 24.5 miles instead of 24, but when I finally got that cheer my spirits were instantly lifted and I knew I only had a couple of miles to go. The Embankment is always one of the highlights and as I passed some of the familiar sights of London - the Eye, Big Ben - it felt incredible to be a part of this amazing display of human endeavour and camaraderie. Events like this really do bring out the best in people and the crowd support was unbelievable. As I turned into The Mall and saw 600m to go I started to pick it up, and when I finally saw the line I knew if I gave it everything I could finish in my second-fastest marathon time, so I caned it to the line.
I didn't get the time I'd hoped for, but maybe I was unrealistic to think that 5 years after setting my PB in London I could set another on Sunday. I am 5 years older after all, although I do wonder whether if I hadn't switched off the autolap on my watch, and was getting proper feedback, I'd have been able to dig just a little bit deeper and go that little bit faster. I'm really pleased with my time, but more so at having held it together even when I realised I wasn't going to run the time I'd hoped for, and to be honest at just having kept going from 16 miles when my legs wanted to seize up on me!