Appendicitis aka Appendix removal
If you have been following my blog you would notice that I update my blog pretty often within a week or so, unless I am on a holiday which I will also do updates. What happened recently after my return to work from a long weekend for the Lunar New Year holiday was that I was “HOSPITALIZED” . Yup check in to the hospital , bet you guys would be thinking I drank or ate too much, well it was none of that. I wish I did drink and eat all those good stuff though
APPENDICITIS HAPPENED, That’s What happened after my first day at work, I felt kinda queasy after lunch, Appendicitis is the inflammation of the APPENDIX and I read somewhere that its a useless organ or so I think
I want to share with you my appendicitis experience at 14th of February (Valentines Day) Guess the Appendicitis was my HOT Date for the day. I am skipping the morning to the time it happened so not to bore you with office works stuff.
3pm: After lunch working on my laptop was a pain, I disregard it as a tummy ache
4pm: The pain from my my upper abdominal felt like gastric but it came and g, told my colleague I feel kinda bad and in Pain but continued to work
6pm: Got back home and the pain intensified, was feeling cold and I couldn’t event sit up straight, Had my dinner and slumped into bed straight.
7pm – Midnight : Fever just hit me straight, and my body temperature has shot up really high, I can feel it but nothing to prove it as my thermometer was outside.
1am: Went to sit on the throne thinking it was still food poisoning at that time, whole body was shivering in cold and I thought I was gonna die from the sharp pain. (no drama here, it really felt that way)
11am: I went to the clinic and felt much better but with the pain now shifted to the lower right side of my abdominal.
11:15am: Doctor examined me and said, I think you better head to the Hospital A&E now for surgery, I think your having Appendicitis ( I was like what what what??!!)
11:45am: checked myself into A&E at Changi General hospital, went through a first Doc named Eugene Huang, He was pretty cool and he examined me with the pushing of the tummy where they call it the rebound, but he was confused at my state as he says you look ok to me, but just to be sure he needs to do a blood examination.
12:25pm : blood sample came back and Dr Eugene confirmed it was appendicitis, I was devastated having to know I gotta go through surgery (never done this before and kinda pretty scared about being cut up) but even before all this they still need to send me to a specialist, So I registered myself and needed to be warded (I told em I didnt need a wheelchair but they insisted) Man I hate to be put into a wheelchair. —->> (see me in a wheelchair) <<—-
1pm: I was asked to see the specialist (not sure who they are but was asked to see them for more review) I was wheeled into a room with 3 young chaps and a lady (those guys look like they were in their teens) Doc still says that with my facial expression and well being they kinda worried to just cut me up, so not being convince they asked the surgeon to take a look at me before really conforming on the surgery.
2pm: Dr Kevin came to me and did more checks he was unsure as he said with my condition of the pain being very bad yesterday and today which being subsided, it might not be a case of appendicitis ( I was like relieved ) but then he said just to be sure, I am sending you for another scan. (OH GOSH)
3pm: CT Scan done.. waiting for results
4pm: Dr Kevin says OK, Confirmed you are going to be warded and prep for surgery tomorrow. (GROANS) He just mention that I have a very high pain tolerance level and he never seen a patient with appendicitis like me, cause he say you don’t even look sick , maybe I should have told him that all the Ironman training helps?
Well, the rest is history….. if you take a look at the time line I was practically in pain for 2days, If you have a symptom similar to that, please do not hesitate and go check if it is appendicitis because it can cause mortality
I know most of you have been told by your parents or other grown-ups at one point in your childhood not to run around right after a meal. They say that the food will get into your appendix and you’ll get appendicitis.
So is this true or is it just something parents tell you so that you’ll behave after eating?
Well, this one ain’t true! Running or jumping around after a meal will not cause appendicitis. Just a brief tidbit, the appendix is a small, useless tube of tissue that extends from the large intestine. Appendicitis is caused by an inflammation of your appendix which is usually due to feces or growth clogging and infecting it.
If left untreated, it might burst and spread the infection to the surrounding organs. Usually if you have it, you will feel an unusual pain from your belly button moving to the lower right side of your abdomen and it gets worse in a few hours.
But running around after a meal won’t cause feces to shoot into your appendix and block it. Although, you could get an upset stomach or might puke if you do that. Remember when you just had that burger and fries meal right before riding a rollercoaster? Hehehe.
Oh if you want to know how much my estimated bill for a 5 days in the Hospital check it , Please have a seat before you see the bill and dont be shocked !
After the surgery I cannot tell you how important your abdominal muscle is, even the slightest movement you are using your abdominal strength ! after this surgery my tummy is bloated and I could not move my abdominal as much as I wish, slightest sneeze and it hurts , not to mention if I laugh ! OH GOD ! that pains me to the extent that having to stab a knife on my hands feels the same. Anyway looks like I am sideline from all my sports for at least 3 months and max 6 months , Doc knew I was a triathlete (dont know how but he knew) so he warned me NOT TO DO any of my sports.