Oops, I Had Surgery
Well hello there!
Let me fill you in a little…..
I had to have emergency surgery last Tuesday.
Yep, I had to have my appendix out.
Last week on Monday night, I headed to the ER around 11pm. Alllll day I had a stomach ache. Nothing awful, but it was a weird stomach ache. I hadn’t done anything out of the ordinary (and I don’t get stomach aches very often unless I ate something really weird).
Well starting at about 4pm it just started getting kind of worse. I don’t really know how to explain the pain other than that it was really intense hunger pangs in my whole stomach and it was gargly like it was hungry (but definitely wasn’t hungry, because I was eating) and also was really bloaty, which seemed like a weird mix.
So by 11 after not being able to get comfortable in bed I knew something was wrong because it was just weird. It was more weird to me than it was painful. So after waiting in the ER forever (i.e. all night) they ordered a CT scan and got me in to check stuff out.
Fun fact that I have never told you guys about – I have had an umbilical hernia for a few years. It is pretty mellow but it acts up every once in a while, more so lately, so I knew I was going to have to get surgery on it in the next year or so. Those can cause problems so I was a little worried that something could be going on with that.
SO, the CT scan would show if that was causing issues or if something was going on with my appendix, though the doctor agreed my symptoms didn’t really seem like appendicitis.
Welp, finally at 5am they came in and told me that yep my appendix was huge and needed to come out. (Luckily it didn’t rupture).
Now if you guys are not aware, I am terrified of doctor stuff. Everything doctor related, needles, weird machines, all of it.
So before my [first ever] CT scan, I had to get an IV and all that fun stuff so they could give me that weird dye that makes you feel like you peed your pants/stylish hospital gown. I have only ever had one other IV before but I don’t really remember because I was younger.
So it took 3 tries to get my IV. Pretty sure I was so freaked out that my intense breathing exercises freaked the nurse out. Luckily after the two tries she called in reinforcements.
Aaaanyway, when the doctor told me I needed my appendix out ASAP I went into instant freak out mode and was like “ummm are you shitting me, like right now? As in I am not going anywhere and this is really gonna happen?” (which I know appendix is considered an emergency and they don’t “schedule” that haha) And the ER doctor laughed at me and asked if I was joking and said duh, this is happening now.
SO I only had about 2 hours to freak out before surgery, which is probably better than if it was a scheduled thing and I had a week to freak out or something. The surgeon, however, that came in to go over everything with me was awesome and that helped. Oh, and also whatever meds they injected into me to calm me the F down, that helped too.
The good news is they were able to fix that pesky hernia too! SCORE. Two-fer-one.
I did have to stay overnight Tuesday until about noonish on Wednesday so that wasn’t too bad either.
Torrance stayed with me the entire time (well, I sent him home Tuesday night to sleep, no reason for him to try to sleep there) and he got to take two blissful days off work to take care of me.
They did the whole operation laparoscopically so that made things easier, and honestly afterwards I wasn’t in too bad of shape. I have two tiny holes – oe on my left abdomen and one sort of right under my pants line, and then of course the big incision was in my bellybutton (everything is covered with steri strips)
That picture was taken yesterday (so 6 days after). All the air has gone out of my abdomen (since with the laparoscopy they blow you up with air) but I still have a little swelling around my belly button, But overall not too shabby.
I am a wuss when it comes to pain, but honestly I haven’t had much pain from the surgery itself. I was on some pain meds the first few days. And that first night at the hospital I was hurting and had to ask for some morphine. But the pain (or discomfort rather) I have had since then is more like “residual pain” like since I can only lay on my back, and couldnt really use my abs to get up and down, my back and hips were getting sore. But now, I am pretty much okay. I would say the biggest pain the but/uncomfortable part was definitely getting up and down. That has finally subsided some as of this morning basically and seems to be pretty good. Anything having to use my core was uncomfortable.
My post-op appointment is tomorrow, which I expect to go well. They will pull the steri strips off and check everything out of course.
I went back to work yesterday (since I sit at a desk) and have strict orders to of course take it easy for about 4 more weeks, not lift anything, etc – really have to make sure that hernia repair heals all the way – but NO exercising (wah!!!). I am one of those people who is really bad about ignoring stuff like that and hating limiting myself but I have decided I really REALLY don’t want to go back to the hospital and deal with anymore doctor stuff so I am going to listen and do what I’m told.
Anyway, overall it seemed like it went pretty well, and I’m extra happy they were able to fix that hernia too because I was kind of stressing about having to get surgery on that in the near future.
- Have you ever had to have emergency surgery (not scheduled) for anything? Have you had your appendix out?
- What type of “doctor” stuff are you scared of? Or are you like me and scared of it all?