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So the first weekend in February, I started having belly cramping. I had my period at the time, so I dismissed it as a particularly rough time of the month. The pain solidified, got sharper, and seemed to center on my right ovary, so my first thought was ruptured ovarian cyst. I proceded to go to a walk-in clinic, where the doctor also suspected a ruptured ovarian cyst and sent me for an ultrasound.

I took the ultrasound to my primary care doctor, who took one look at the results and sent me to the hospital for a CAT scan. That revealed my appendix had ruptured. I had shown NONE of the typical signs of appendicitis - no nausea and vomiting, no high fever. The diagnosis shocked the hell out of me.

I ended up in the hospital for the next week. The doctor said the body had, thankfully, contained the rupture within an abscess; the procedure in that case, the doctor said, is to wait for the abscess to get big enough to be drainable. When that happens, they install a drain and let it drain itself out while giving heavy antibiotics. When "everything in the belly settles down," as he put it, about 6-8 weeks later, what remains of the appendix is removed

They were finally able to put in the drain Saturday (it was supposed to be Friday, but it was delayed a day when someone sent the team doing the procedure the wrong version of my latest CAT scan). Until then, I mostly felt feverish, miserable, and slept too much. I improved a lot once the drain was put in, though. They sent me home yesterday, drainage bag still in my stomach - not sure how long it has to stay there. I'm just glad that I am HOME, and that I'm not constantly being stabbed with needles and having blood drawn. (My arms are basically two huge bruises).

So, that's where things are. Not sure when I'll be able to return to writing - still not quite up for it physically, still couldn't sit at a computer for long periods of time. (I'm officially on medical leave from work, btw).

Date: 2017-02-16 02:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hamhamheaven.livejournal.com
Still can't quite believe how all that went down, but I'm glad you're home and on the mend!

Date: 2017-02-16 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puss-nd-boots.livejournal.com
I'm glad to be home too, believe me. Real food and familiar surroundings make a lot of difference.

Date: 2017-02-16 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leifang666.livejournal.com
I'm sorry to hear that. Hopefully everything will be ok now.

Date: 2017-02-17 07:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puss-nd-boots.livejournal.com
I hope so. I'm just glad to be home, at this point.

Date: 2017-02-16 08:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] write_my_dreams
Omg that's horrible. I'm glad you're back home now though! Hopefully you can heal up soon. And take your time about the writing. What's important is that you take the time to give your body the rest and recovery time it needs

Date: 2017-02-17 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puss-nd-boots.livejournal.com
Thanks! Yeah, I'm not worried about that now. Recovery is my first priority.

Date: 2017-02-21 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vampire-kiki.livejournal.com
poor poor you. take a lot of rest and get better!

Date: 2017-02-21 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puss-nd-boots.livejournal.com
I'm trying! I go to see the surgeon tomorrow, hopefully we'll get more of a timeline on when they can take this thing out. (Right now, I just want to get rid of the damn drain!)


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