So… not to alarm anyone, but I won’t be blogging for a bit. Turns out my appendix burst and I had to go in for emergency surgery to get it removed today! And just so you know what to look for in case this ever happens to you, here’s what happened:
On Thursday night after a delicious, healthy dinner of grilled salmon and a heaping plate of this brussels sprout kale salad, I went to bed feeling fine. Somewhere in the middle of the night, I started having stomach pains and figured I was coming down with a stomach bug. I woke up the next morning and immediately threw up. I had some sharp pains in the middle of my abdomen, but misread them for a stomach ache. All day I stayed close to the toilet- I couldn’t even hold down a sip of water. Ingrid took Emil in the morning, and Andrew came home early from work to take care of the boys so I could rest.
Only, after taking a nap, it seemed the pain had worsened and had moved to the lower right side of my abdomen. I thought that I had pulled a muscle throwing up. This is when I should have gone to the hospital, said the surgeon about 15 hours later.
I tried to stay hydrated, but nothing would stay down and the pain was so bad I woke up every hour Friday night. In the morning, I could barely stand up; I knew something was seriously wrong. I asked Andrew to drive me to the ER and once there, they whisked me away to get a CAT scan immediately. Due to the tenderness of my abdomen, they informed me that the appendix had surely already burst, and that fluid from my bowel was leaking into my abdominal cavity. I was so scared hearing this, obviously.
My wonderful, wonderful friend Ingrid stayed with me all day while they prepped me for surgery, and held my hand and told me funny stories and just took my mind off the whole thing. Andrew held down the fort and arranged for child care and made it in time to give me a kiss before they wheeled me off to surgery.
Upon waking, they told me that my appendix had gangrene and that they needed to keep the incision open to make sure they could clear all the infection over the next 5 days or so. GANGRENE! Like , civil war, amputee, nasty green rotting stuff gangrene! Ha!
Never a dull moment around here, I assure you.
So, here’s hoping for a quick recovery and a really nice big scar (kidding!). See you when I see you…
By the way, isn’t it weird that this stuff seems to happen to me in March??? But the coolest thing is that I got to see “slices” of my entire body from the CAT scan. I think the surgeon was taken back by my interest so he explained everything!