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Jul. 15th, 2007

10:34 am - Just got back from hospital yesterday, ...

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On Monday night, I started to feel bad. By Wednesday morning, having remedied some other symptoms, it became clear that I had pain in my lower right quadrant of my abdomen (y'know, in the general area of the appendix). Doctor's office told me to go to the emergency room -- damn. Pain wasn't too terrible, so decided to drive the 25m or so to Stanford rather than finding a more local emergency room. I'm glad I did. I was admitted on Wednesday morning in the emergency room and released on Saturday late morning. I had to have an emergency appendectomy, which turned from an intended laparoscopic op into an open appendectomy. Not in the least bit fun. I think my surgical team (led, as it happens, by a surgeon from the medical clinic where I see my primary care physician [GP]) was excellent, and the nursing staff (RNs and NAs) were outstanding and wonderful. I experienced the pain running the full gamut from 0 to 10 during my stay (the worst being when I woke up in the recovery room after the op pumped up with as many drugs as they were willing to give me still in absolutely excruciating pain). I'm looking forward to being able to wean myself off vicodin.

[Edit] I guess I didn't mention above that when they went in the reason it turned into an open appendectomy was that they found that my appendix (that we thought had not ruptured/perforated at all) had not only perforated .... but had done so 2 momths ago. Yikes. So, they had to do a lot of work (1.5-2hr op instead of the planned 20 minute op), the details of which I will not turn your stomachs with here. It's ... rather unusual for someone to have a perforated appendix for 2 months and still be walking around.

Current Location: 806
Current Mood: soresore

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From:urox
Date:July 15th, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
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No leaf on the wind! Living husband!!!!!!!!!!!!
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From:mavjop
Date:July 15th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
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I'm alive. :)

Leaf on the wind was more a choice to represent the level-headedness needed to deal with the pain/discomfort.
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From:brianrubin
Date:July 15th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
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OMG! I am so sorry to hear about all that you went through but glad you got through the worst of it! Good luck!
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From:mavjop
Date:July 15th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Brian :)

Yeah, I should be on the mend, improving from here on out.
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From:brianrubin
Date:July 15th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
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Good! Hopefully it's only onward and upward from here. I've never had any surgery [knocking on wood] so I can't fully sympathize, but I'm here for ya brutha. ;) Good luck!
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From:mavjop
Date:July 15th, 2007 06:39 pm (UTC)
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Hope that it remains that way, but if you do in fact need it, do it ASAP. The sooner the better.
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From:surpheon
Date:July 15th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
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Well, if you have to have an emergency hospitalization, that sounds like about the best way to do it. Glad to hear that you're home and the appendix has been appropriately punished for its insurgency.

I'm looking forward to being able to wean myself off vicodin.
If you haven't watched it yet, you should get House MD into your Netflix queue to watch as you withdraw...
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From:mavjop
Date:July 15th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
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Really? :) I think the best way would have been "back when I first got appendicitis and it perforated."

I think I'm being punished for its insurgency, not it.

I should at some point watch House M.D., perhaps, but I really don't need that now. :P
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From:bizzy_
Date:July 15th, 2007 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Weaning yourself off vicodin is overrated.
I suggest riding that train for as long as your doctors let you :>

Good to hear you're OK; it's amazing to be reminded how fast things can go sideways..
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From:mavjop
Date:July 16th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
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I really don't want an addiction to/dependency on narcotics. :P

Thanks, though. :)
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From:lessachu
Date:July 15th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
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Glad you're okay!
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From:mavjop
Date:July 16th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! :) Me too.
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From:anemone
Date:July 15th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Wow. Glad to hear you are home and recovering.
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From:mavjop
Date:July 16th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Kris! I appreciate it. After a pretty unpleasant night last night, I'm doing ok now.
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From:delphinus
Date:July 15th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
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My goodness! I'm glad to hear that you made it in time and everything's okay.
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From:mavjop
Date:July 16th, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
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:) Thanks. Yeah, so am I.
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From:melissa_mifeng
Date:July 16th, 2007 04:06 am (UTC)
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Good lord!
I'm glad that you decided to go on in- and not just wait for it to become a serious emergency!
Glad you are feeling better!!
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From:mavjop
Date:July 16th, 2007 05:56 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :)

Well, actually, I ought to have gone in a full 2 months prior, but I had no idea I had appendicitis then. My medically-knowledgeable/qualified friends are as shocked as you, which gives you an idea how unusual it is to walk around with a perforated appendix for 2 months.
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From:mitrian
Date:July 16th, 2007 07:01 am (UTC)
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Damn. Glad you're recovering. Enjoy the vicodin while you can...
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From:mavjop
Date:July 16th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :) I am, slowly but surely.

I'm trying to get off the vicodin as quickly as reasonably possible.
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From:irtluhc
Date:July 16th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Oh, man! That sounds like one hell of an ordeal. I'm glad you're okay now!

When I was recovering from surgery (which was shortly after you visited... hmmmm), I made the mistake of having my girlfriend pop in a Red Dwarf DVD to entertain me while she made some dinner. Shortly thereafter, I uncontrollably laughed and doubled over in agony, pounding on the walls trying to get her in to turn it off, turn it off!

The moral of the story: after surgery, go with something that won't make you laugh. :-)
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From:mavjop
Date:July 16th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
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It was rather an ordeal. Is. Well, last night was really horrible, so the nastiness may or may not be mostly out of the way.

Thanks. :)

Unfortunately, your comment was quite funny (sort of a gallows humour because I know exactly what you mean and how awful it would be, but the mental image of you pounding on the wall for the cessation of the Red Dwarf torture), so it hurt a bit. Oh well.

Some people can't stop being funny! They're the dangerous ones. Hang out with them later, when the pain's not so bad. =)
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From:brianwilliams
Date:July 16th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Hey dude, glad you are OK now...
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From:mavjop
Date:July 16th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, Brian!
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From:purpledrazi
Date:July 17th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
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Hoping yours is a speedy and pain-free recovery!

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From:mavjop
Date:July 17th, 2007 06:56 am (UTC)
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Thanks. Alas, it has been far from it thus far. I just spent most of the day at Stanford Hospital again, in the ER the whole time this time. Home now, though, and with antibiotics and some improvements in how I feel.
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From:perimyndith
Date:July 17th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
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Yikes! Hope you're feeling better (if not now, then very soon).
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From:mavjop
Date:July 17th, 2007 11:14 pm (UTC)
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I'm feeling rather better ... though I just started hiccoughing, and it hurts a bit. D'oh!
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