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Appendectomy... ouch

Turns out I've been walking around with a ruptured appendix for 9 days... whoops

They took it out yesterday larthroscopically (sp?) and now I'm just chilling at Alexian Brothers in Elk Grove, and I would absolutely KILL someone for a cheeseburger right now.

The whole thing is a long and maybe kind of funny story, but i'm too damn doped up to type it now.
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Thanks guys. Doing pretty well, Alexian seems like a pretty top notch hospital. Way better than that piece of shit Norwiegan American I was at in humbolt park last week. Nice staff, every room is private and killer drugs.
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I think I would kill just about anyone right now for a cheese burger, but the idea of pooping right now is absolutely terrifying I'm too drugged up for proof reading right now, I hope the story makes sense.

I was in the Emergency Room at Norwegian American Hospital in Humbolt Park at 3am on wednesday teh 21st. I was in a bit of pain but had some extreme vomiting and nausea. Got a couple IVs and a cat scan but they didn't really find anything. So it was all chalked up to a stomach flu. Went home in the morning, slept through most of the day. Then when I woke up I had a little pain in my side. Chalked it up to muscle soreness from all the vomiting. Got on a plane to see a friend in Mississippi and tried to stay comfortable.

The pain varied pretty well over the weekend, sometimes it was ok, sometimes it was pretty rough, but we spent two days on bourbon street, had to cowboy the fuck up.

Sunday night I return looking forward to a good night of sleep, thinking thats the only thing holding me back. But I get stuck up all night with acid reflux, which happens to me usually 3 or 4 times a year. So after a shitty night I didn't do much monday during the day (I work nights) but I did notice I was starting to spike a fever. The pain and fever continued till I tried to get a doctors appt on wednesday when my stomach started to swell. I just moved to the city so my doctors still in Schaumburg. He was busy all week, so I had to see his Physician Assistant. She had no idea what it was, so she had me talk to the ER I visited to try and get my CT results and also sent me to get a gall bladder ultrasound. Got that done on thursday.

I went back to my doctors office friday to sign some papers so they could get my CT's and to double check that they got my ultrasound. I must have looked like death cause they shuffled around people and got me in to see another doctor who pretty much instantly sent me here to Alexian in Elk Grove to get some new CT scans. After taking a quick look at me, they were almost going to skip the scans and put me straight on the operating table, but the surgeon was a couple hours away, and if it had ruptured or walled off it changes the proceedure so they did them and thought everything looked in one piece, but it definantly had to come out.

It gets pretty lonely in an ER room when you get told you need surgery and you've got no friend or family there yet.

My parents were on their way from michigan, but my roomate was able to make it in just before they put me under. When they got inside, they found that it had perferated and absessed on the underside which apparently didn't show up. So they cleaned me out, and now I'm leaking blood, puss and saline out of my belly button. Fun stuff.
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That sucks man. I had very similar symptoms, my strangely was triggered by bad food and beer, doctor said very rare to have it go away but it did at least 3 different times. The last time Alexian Brothers Hospital caught it right away and I was under the knife by like 2pm the same day. Laproscopic also. Just be careful and listen to the no heavy activity, definitely move around though the air they pump you with is wicked and will take forever to come out if you don't walk. Speaking of the dumps....when the pain finally subsides watch out....you will be building redwood log cabins.

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Went thru it as well. It sucked and happened 2 days before I was supposed to be in Europe for a month backpacking. Good timing I guess. You sure it was ruptured tho? Usually they are just infected and they remove them that way.
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Went thru it as well. It sucked and happened 2 days before I was supposed to be in Europe for a month backpacking. Good timing I guess. You sure it was ruptured tho? Usually they are just infected and they remove them that way.
i guess the back was perforated and absessed. It didn't show up on the scans because it was all curled up or something.
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Yikes, Bourbon St and all that going on. There's got to be some sort of award for that. Thank God you're alright and doing well. Get better soon.
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Recovery is going pretty well, today the project is to completely get me off IV pain meds and see how my stomach responds to an unrestricted diet, then I might be able to get out of this fucking place.
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Wow! You are one tough dude!!! That's not far from my work so if I can bring you anything during the week let me know. Even if you need one of those burgers - just say when you're ready to poop. LOL

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Wow! You are one tough dude!!! That's not far from my work so if I can bring you anything during the week let me know. Even if you need one of those burgers - just say when you're ready to poop. LOL
They're switching me to pill meds, specifically Norco. One of the big side affects I had from it a couple months ago during my knee surgery was terrible constipation which I'm so secrety happy for
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They're switching me to pill meds, specifically Norco. One of the big side affects I had from it a couple months ago during my knee surgery was terrible constipation which I'm so secrety happy for
sounds like your full of shit lol.

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Thanks guys. Doing pretty well, Alexian seems like a pretty top notch hospital. Way better than that piece of shit Norwiegan American I was at in humbolt park last week.
you're not kidding. norwegian is a dump. i was in an accident a few years ago, and norwegian was one of the options for hospitals they were going to take me to. i told the ambulance driver, "hell no!"

but, wow that's a crazy story. amazing you were able to tough it out that long for how serious it was. and yes, the ER is a sucky place to be by yourself. glad you're doing ok, though.

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i guess the back was perforated and absessed. It didn't show up on the scans because it was all curled up or something.
in some patients the appendix is located in a weird place behind the cecum/colon instead of at the bottom of it and is harder to pick up hence it seems like the first place screwed up in retrospect. no matter you're one tough hombre to walk around with this for so long
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No go on the going home tonight. Spiked a fever when they pulled my drainage tube. I got pretty upset after watching that, take my advice and don't willingly watch them tug a foot of tube out of your body.



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My wife went through this too and I didn't take it seriously at first so she was puking for a day before we went to the er. I can't imagine like 9 days of that though! It took her a few days to poop though, so good luck with that. Maybe look into some stool softener to ease the pain and fear you're going to have.

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