My appendectomy adventure....

As some of you know from the other thread, my appendix had to be removed on Sunday. Thank you to all of you for your concern. I'm finally feeling a little better. Here's my story for those of you who didn't know...

Friday night, my stomach started hurting. I just thought it was indigestion until the pain became pretty severe and I started vomitting. At 3:30 AM, I decided to go the ER by myself. I was diagnosed with gastritis and was told that I also had a kidney stone. By this time, the pain was no longer a burning indigestion feeling, but just general pain in my abdomen. They kept pumping full of morphine and anti-nausea medications which pretty much knocked me out. They did an xray and ultrasound while I was there. They wanted to do a CT scan to see if there were anymore kidney stones, but I just wanted to go home. So I went home at about 12:30 PM on Saturday.

Saturday night, the pain worsened and I started to run a fever, but I didn't go back. I called my doctor on Suday morning and he told me to go back to the ER. I went back at about 9:30 AM. Once the new doctor saw me, she knew it was my appendix and had surgeons come down to speak to me. But I still had to have the CT scan, which takes forever. I had to drink this liquid, wait to hours, and then go for the CT scan. This didn't happen until 2PM. Apparently, it was really bad and they wanted to do the surgery immediately, but all of the ORs were booked. My appendix wasn't removed until about 10:30 PM and by then it had ruptured. Lucky me. That meant an extra day in the hospital with IV antibiotics. I don't know how many times I've been poked. I have four different IV sites, blooddraw sites, and injection sites. I feel like a human pin cushion...did I mention I'm afraid of needles? They finally let me go home Tuesday. It's really hard living away from my family. All of my friends were at work, so one of my student's moms came to pick me up and walk me up the stairs to my apartment. It's so weird not having my mom. My roommate came for the surgery and has been walking my dog in the morning and evenings. And a coworker is walking her in the afternoons. It's times like these when you know who your true friends are. One of my "friends" hasn't even returned my call when I called to see if she could walk me dog.

Also, I want to give a shout out to any nurses out there. You guys are amazing! You pretty much run the hospital! In the ER, one of the nurses kept calling me the appi-girl and she scored me a private room upstairs which was really nice. One of my nurses lives around the corner from me...I wonder if I'll run into now.

As for now, I'm feeling better. I started running a fever again last night but my doctor said I was okay as long as it didn't go over 101 and I wasn't experiencing abdominal pain. She told me to keep taking my temp and that I will see again next Thursday for my follow up appointment.
Wow, what a story! I'm so glad you're feeling better.
Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

Last edited by Koukla72; 02-19-2009 at 02:47 AM.
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I'm glad you're feeling better and found out what it was.
sheeesh. I'm glad you're feeling a little better.
Yeah, good nurses are always a godsend.
(( hugs )) and sorry about your dumb friend.
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I'm glad they figured out what it was the second time around! Feel better!
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You needed emergency surgery, and they screwed you around until it burst?

WTH?

That's totally ridiculous. I'm glad you're feeling better, but that put you at a tremendous risk for peritonitis, sepsis, you name it.

I have very little sympathy for incompetent medical personnel. Obviously, huh? {End rant}

I'm glad you're feeling better,though. Appx sucks, big time.
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It's really awful when they rupture...you can die from that...seriously, so don't be too thankful to your medical staff. They yanked you around far too long. They made the decision to do surgery at 2pm and didn't perform it til 10:30pm? I think they almost killed you...then they saved you.

I hope you feel better soon. You aren't out of the woods yet. Keep taking your temp and call the doc if it goes even a tenth of a degree over 101.
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What an ordeal! That is just unreal how they crank-yanked you around.

So glad you are feeling somewhat better though. Keep taking your temperature!

Sorry to hear about your "friend".
It's really awful when they rupture...you can die from that...seriously, so don't be too thankful to your medical staff. They yanked you around far too long. They made the decision to do surgery at 2pm and didn't perform it til 10:30pm? I think they almost killed you...then they saved you.

I hope you feel better soon. You aren't out of the woods yet. Keep taking your temp and call the doc if it goes even a tenth of a degree over 101.
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ITA with RCW. But I'm glad you're feeling better!
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Glad you're feeling a little bit better; what an awful situation to go through.

Here's hoping for a smooth & complete recovery.

Take it easy.
You could have died or got an infection!

I'm glad you went back to the hospital & all was figured out though. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.
I'm sorry you had to deal with this at all, but glad to hear you're on the mend. No one thought it might be your appendix the first time??
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