URBANA — A Rantoul woman who has written a periodic column for the Rantoul Press for years will undergo gallbladder surgery Thursday afternoon.

Pauline Poremba, author of Pauline’s Corner, said she got sick after eating at a Peoria restaurant.

“I ate some food, and it poisoned me,” the 77-year-old Poremba said Thursday morning. “By the time I got home, I couldn’t even walk.”

She is due for surgery at OSF Medical Center Heart of Mercy Medical Center in Urbana.

Poremba said her son and daughter-in-law from South Carolina drove all night to offer their support. Her two sons from Rantoul are also present.

Poremba, who said she has “half a heart” due to her medical condition, said she was prescribed an anti-clotting agent that she can’t afford.

The drug costs $75 a pill. A bottle of 60 pills costs $4,500.

“My pay from my social security is $600,” Poremba said, adding she has Medicare Part A and Part D.

“I’m scared, to tell you the truth,” Poremba said.

dhinton@rantoulpress.com