Here is a recap of my EXCITING, FUN FILLED weekend!
It was a cold and stormy night, the trees were creaking and groaning with the strain of the wind.Oh wait that’s another story. Here is the real one: Wednesday afternoon while at work I had a pain on my right lower side which I thought was just gas. So I had dinner and the pain went away. I had this pain before about 3-4 years ago, but I just walked it off(duh), so I didn’t think too much of it. Thursday I wake up and get to work, around 11am my side starts to hurt again. So I tried to ignore it by working, but it steadily got worse. So I walked into Susan’s(my Mom) office and said “I think we had better go to the hospital”. While driving I was thinking “it’s just gas, i will get there and they will give me a super-Tums and I will be done”.
So we check in the Triage nurse runs my vitals and takes my info, and we wait. 15 minutes later I get called back to the emergency room and set on a bed. They ask me the usual “where do you hurt” questions and take more information. During this time I get about 3 different nurses/admins, each time a new nurse comes in she asks me if I am allergic to anything. Which I tell I am, Penicillin and Sulfa. They take my blood and and attach the IV tube. At this point I am thinking “oh crap why did they hook me up with an IV tube?”. After the IV tube they get me back to the CT Scan and scan my lower abdomen. I get wheeled back out and wait on the bed again. About 10 minutes after the scan the doctor comes back in and says it’s a pretty pronounced appendicitis. “Oh Sheisse!” I think as I stupidly ask if it will just go away. He gives me a dumbfounded “are you serious” look and tells me no. Five minutes later a surgeon comes in and tells me all about the surgery(Laparoscopic Appendectomy) and they wheel me back to pre-op. After the scan all this took place in about a 30 minute time span, super fast. During pre-op another nurse asks me if I am allergic to anything, I tell her yes while wondering why they don’t write this down. She exclaims “oh! I better get you an ‘Allergy’ band!”. Great! Here I am in 10 minutes from surgery and they barely know I am allergic to Penicillin and Sulfa! So all the time I am getting strapped down to the operating table I think I reminded them 3 or 4 times I am allergic to Penicillin and Sulfa, my confidence is failing as I get closer to going under, yikes! But I also reminded them that I don’t want any collagen BUT I DO want pectoral implants. I don’t think they heard me because my pecs aren’t any bigger. 🙁 They do the “scope” surgery, pulling the appendix out through my belly button. When I recover enough from waking up they tell me I had had appendicitis before and it scarred up and attached itself to the lining of my body! Doh! So my original question to the doctor asking if it will go away was a valid question!!! HAHA you dumb doctor! I guess I was lucky it didn’t burst the last time I had it. Plus I was a rare case where the appendix grows up instead of down. It’s funny too, because on the 8th of this month I had scheduled a Dr’s. appointment to figure out why I was having a pain in my lower chest for the past year and a half. Well, now I know what the pain was. My appendix attached to my body lining.
Oh let me point out that during recovery at the hospital I had the fear of Sue put into me! I just remember her making Ashley and Scott get up and walk during their hospital stays. So I made a pro-active effort to get up(at least) and try to walk before she got down to me! I didn’t walk but I did get up, almost passing out in the process! That was about 5 hours after the surgery, I think I just pushed too hard. When she finally came down I had mentally prepared myself for pain, plus I had the nurse give me a pain killer :D. She walked me and everything turned out fine…phew!
Pictures will be posted soon. I keep saying that but I keep forgetting to post them!