How To Tell If You Have Appendicitis—My Story
This is my story and the symptoms I had with appendicitis. This attack happened to me when I was about 30.
It was a Friday and we went to visit with friends for the evening. The whole time we’re there I’m telling my friend my stomach hurts and my jeans feel tight. It hurts right around my belly button. I wonder what’s going on. I was better later, but the pain never went completely away.
I've got a busy week coming up and I just can’t be sick. On Saturday, I knew I would be getting my nephew. He was 3 and took a lot of work. My sister-in-law and brother-in-law were leaving for Las Vegas. Their first trip in a long time. She didn't want my mother-in-law taking care of our nephew because he had Down syndrome. Something my mother-in-law didn't want to deal with, but she could handle the other kids. She loved him but knew he took extra work. It was fine with me, I had no trouble taking care of him. Saturday everything was alright except I had a little ache in my left side. I had my nephew, my two-year-old son, eight-year-old daughter and ten-year-old son.
Sunday came and everyone was showing up at the house after church. Great Aunt and Uncle came out to play cards. The kid’s friends were over. Our friends were in and out. After everyone left, I cleaned the toy box. It was so messy I had to get it done. Of course, I had two little helpers. Evening came and I got the two youngest, our son and our nephew fed and ready for bed. They were both exhausted and ready to go to bed. I did laundry, got the older kids stuff ready for school. I didn't eat dinner. I was busy and didn’t get time. Hubby cleaned the kitchen. So when I did sit down between loads of laundry I ate popcorn. It made me feel nauseated.
I went to bed but at 12:00 am I woke my husband. I told him something was wrong. The pain in my stomach was worse and still in the center of my stomach. He said it must just be gas and to take something. I took Milk of Magnesia, never, never do this. At 3:00 am I took my temperature it was 101 low-grade, but I never run temperatures, I called the doctor. By this time, the pain was awful and just on my right side. He said I needed to come to the hospital, but not until 6:00 am when the lab people would be there. I ask if he thought it was appendicitis, he said he think that.
I called my mother-in-law and told her we would have to bring the younger kids to her. I called a neighbor to see if she could run over just until the older kids got on the bus. No, she couldn't. She had to go to lunch with a friend and didn't want to get stuck at our house, so I called a real friend. She said she would be right over with her kids and put them all on the bus at the same time. We dropped the babies off and headed for the hospital. The first thing they ask was if I had vomited. I had not. The pain was now on my right side and I could barely stand. It's very painful. The doctor said he was pretty sure the appendix had ruptured.
They would not put me under in surgery and would only give me a spinal. I had not vomited and they’re worried I would while under if they put me under. This scared me more than appendicitis. I was awake through the whole thing. While doing the surgery they gossip, talk about parties, what they’re going to do for the summer.
I spent five days in the hospital. I have a large scar. They were making a big enough incision so they could look around. They weren't positive it was my appendix. My appendix did not rupture but was right on the verge and was gangrenous. The doctor figured I would not have lasted another hour without it rupturing
My recovery was a little longer than it should have been because of the large incision. I think most of the time these kind of scars are not so large. I have had other doctors ask me the scar. They have said the doctors must not have been positive of the diagnosis of appendicitis because they cut such a large scar. They were also looking for stomach cancer from what the doctor said they check over everything there was to look at in my stomach.
My Mother-in-law and the kids
My mother-in-law did fine with the kids with help from my husband and everyone else. She told me my two-year-old put his little chair on the front lawn and sat there waiting for me to come home. He told her he was staying until Mommy came home.
Here is what the doctor told me. Appendicitis runs in families. My dad and my brother both had theirs removed at about the same age I did. Appendicitis goes fast in old people, babies, and young children and will rupture faster.
Some of the symptoms are:
Pain in center of the stomach or on sides. Mostly the right side.
Check out Mayo Clinic website for more information. Don't take appendicitis lightly it can be a killer disease if you don't get to the doctor fast enough.
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When my brother-in-law was about seven he got sick. With what his parents thought were flu like symptoms. His parents treated his condition as if it was stomach flu until he was not getting well. They took him to the doctor and it was his appendix, they had already ruptured. He spent many days in the hospital and almost didn't make it.
My poor in-laws had already lost one son seven years old in the creek behind the house. He tried to catch minnows and fell in and drown. They were very worried about losing another son.
Mayo On Appendicitis.
- Appendicitis: Symptoms - MayoClinic.com
Appendicitis — Comprehensive overview covers signs, symptoms, causes, treatment of this painful appendix inflammation.
Just My Story.
I'm not a doctor or nurse, I'm just telling you my experience with appendicitis I'm not an expert on the subject. Please, anytime you are looking up a medical condition check with medical sites first. Places like Mayo Clinic, they are the experts and that’s where you should look for health related queries. Afterwards look up personal stories because at times this can help.
The Story Of My Mother.
This year, 2015 my mother came down with appendicitis. She was 92. My sister took her to the doctor right away, but Mother's appendix had already ruptured. She got better but never was completely well after the appendicitis surgery. In just days, she was back in the hospital and in a short time she was gone. When you're her age that kind of trauma to the body is not good.
The doctor said when older people have something like this they just have a hard time coming back to good health.
She ended up in hospice by the time I got there she didn't know anyone. She passed away a few days later.
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