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Rigid in bed, glaring at ceiling,
belly-ache imparting ghastly feeling.
Hurt so bad, didn’t sleep all night
belly-ache brought on quite a fright.
Veggie bake was big mistake;
too much cheese brings belly ache.

Can’t pretend I didn’t know –
belly-ache gripped me weeks ago
from baking up delicious meal:
belly-ache made me squirm and squeal.
Swore back then that I’d forsake
cheese that served up belly-ache.

Once again I failed to resist
lovely cheesy belly-achy dish.
Guessed the cause; it’s not too sad
belly-ache’s inspired by rocky gall-blad.
Rich cheese sauce gave personal proof
when belly-ache shot through the roof.

Knew right then what I had to do –
take belly-ache to medical zoo.
Personable doctor prodded me,
gave me more belly-ache for free.
Nodding heads, we both agreed
ultra-sound scan was what I’d need.

Waited weeks in sober mood,
eating belly-ache reducing food.
cutting lovely cheeses out –
Don’t want another belly-ache bout.
Letter came giving me a date
for looking deep into belly-ache.

Crawled to bus-stop in heat of sun,
went to hospital, belly-ache gone.
Lay on the bed for friendly technician –
pleased with belly-ache’s brief remission.
She greased my belly and used her skill
to find the secret of belly-aching ill.

Technician told me her name was Nelli,
she made a movie of ache-free belly.
She was sweet and funny and quite kind-hearted –
this was the belly-aching news she imparted;
Belly filled with truckload of rocks,
Tying me in belly-aching knots.

Now I have to wait and see,
when belly-ache will be cut out of me.
looking forward to the glorious day;
I’ll throw my belly-ache diet sheet away.
Here is the reason that I’m so pleased;
Won’t get belly-ache when I eat cheese.

The technician really was called Nelli…

ยฉJane Paterson Basil

29 thoughts on “Belly-ache

  1. Oh wow Jane, what a rocky road you’ve been on. I liked your whimsical poem, gave me a belly-laugh. ๐Ÿ˜Š I hope you’re coping ok with your belle-ache. ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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    1. I love your sense of humour Ivor. As I’m sure you know, “belly-ache” is an understatement, but I’m fine. As long as I stay away from certain foods my gallstones sleep like babies ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. ouch my sister had gall stones and they were super painful, you are not exaggerating at all! Hope i surgery happens soon for your sake but not too hopeful with your system …

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    1. It will happen at some point – meanwhile I expect I’ll be OK as long as I stick to a low fat diet. I trusted to instinct and it worked, but today a friend checked out what I should avoid: pretty much everything, including nuts, seeds and the food of the Gods, AVOCADOS. Following that advice sounds like a fast-track to the morgue ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Your belly ache ache poem reminds me of my situation when I ate prawns and suffered a terrible belly ache followed by diarrhoea… It was a recurrent phenomenon. And the problem was that I lived prawns but was allergic to it. Anyway after that belly ache incident and hospitalization I swore never to eat pans again ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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    1. It becomes easier to give up a favourite food when the reaction is that severe… I was warned years ago that my cholesterol count was too high, and told to eat less cheese, but because I wasn’t in pain (back then) I didn’t pay enough attention to the warning ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. So are you having gall bladder issues then? I had to have mine out when I was 20. It was full of stones. And there were certain foods that would trigger each bout which would last for hours. NOTHING would calm it down!

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      1. I wet fr a whole year not knowing what it was.Just thought it was gas or something. There sure wasn’t anything that would relieve the pain. Having it out brings it’s own problems when you don’t have those enzymes to help digest your food anymore. But you can’t live with those episodes forever.

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          1. I think everyone’s triggers are unique to them. If you’re not lactose intolerant I think you should be able to. The biggest problem is the fat content in the foot. Without a gall bladder it’s difficult to process that. So fried foods always set off my IBS. But cheese doesn’t. I love cheese, too!

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              1. The surgery is so different and better now. They usually do it laparoscopically with just a small incision and short recovery time. In 1971 when I had mine done the incision went from under your breast bone clear down past your navel. It’s gotta be eight or nine inches long. Looks like a damn railroad. I was in the hospital for nearly ten days with a straight jacket thingy on so I wouldn’t disturb the stitches! Thank God things have gotten better!

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                    1. No, it hasn’t yet. Still on antibiotics and will likely have to see a podiatrist because of this weird toenail I have. It’s just a worry since I’m diabetic. Don’t want to lose a toe, you know…

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