Originally written in 2007. I’ve been wanting to put this here for a while. This tells the story of my appendectomy.
I had to have an emergency appendectomy, which is having the appendix removed.
This started Tuesday morning when I woke up with what I thought was a stomach ache. It wasn’t too bad so I just figured it would go away after going to the bathroom. It didn’t really, but it was so mild that I went about my day which was helping my Dad take down the outside Christmas decorations. I also went to work that night as well and during this the ache began to get worse. I got home at about 10:30 or so and I took a shower and went to bed. Except I never went to sleep, the pain had gotten to be really bad. It puzzled the hell out of me too, I kept thinking this is the worst ache I’ve ever had with nothing to show for it, no vomiting or anything. So I just tried to get some sleep with no luck.
My Dad works a graveyard shift at a printing press and he came home at about 4:45 in the morning. I really should have said something then but for whatever reason I didn’t. Finally at 7 I couldn’t take it anymore and I woke up my Mom and told her what was going on (also by this time the thought of my appendix being the problem was on my mind) and they immediately took me to a local clinic to run a few quick tests. All of which pointed to what we had thought. So we went to the emergency room where they took some blood and found my white cell count to be nearly triple the amount it should be. I think they said it was 1700 and it should be around 900. I’m not sure on that detail, nor a lot of other things that was happening as the pain had gotten to the point of where breathing was painful and movement was worse. They did give me some morphine and some other drug which helped with the pain and I was soon taken to the operating room.
Next thing I remember was this nurse telling me to take deep breaths. I asked where I was and was told the recovery room. Once I was brough to my room the surgeon came in and told my parents and I that the surgery went fine. They used a procedure called a Laparoscopic Appendectomy which instead of getting cut open they use a small tube to remove it. Normally the appendix is the size of your pinky finger, but mine had swelled a bit bigger than the index finger. Fortunately it had not ruptured and I would be ok. I did have to stay overnight with an IV hookup that also was giving my antibiotics. The worst part about that is that it makes you have to pee a lot. They released me from the hospital at about 3:30 today.
I have to take it easy for a week and no heavy lifting for 2 weeks. I’m glad to be home though.