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

Appendicitis

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.

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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

After Surgery !!

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 !

Hopital Estimated Bill

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.

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15 responses

  1. Get well soon! So sorry you had to go through that. I’ve never had it before but everytime I feel any slight pain on the right side of my abdomen I have this ridiculous fear it appendicitis! Thanks for relaying your experience oh and the part where they said they couldn’t tell you were sick made me laugh. Take care! Hang in there as you recuperate especially since you were instructed not to do any sports! 😦

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    19/02/2013 at 2:10 pm

    • Hi Lerie, I never knew I would have appendicitis as well, but if you really have a persistent pain on your (LOWER) right abdomen, please go see a doctor ok.

      Doctors here are worried cause if they cut me out and found out there was no appendicitis , then it would be a big WHOOPS to them. that’s why they went through scans after scans and tests.. So its not a good thing to have high pain tolerance level I believe.

      Thanks for dropping by
      Isaac

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      19/02/2013 at 2:14 pm

  2. Yikes! Sorry to hear about that. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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    20/02/2013 at 3:37 am

    • Thank you, Angelina words such as yours heals me quicker, you have a great week.

      Isaac

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      20/02/2013 at 10:00 am

  3. Hope you are better quickly! (I had a similar experience…at 55 years old my appendix actually ruptured, very nasty pain and sickness.) Loved watching your short video!

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    24/02/2013 at 9:46 pm

    • Hey there, its good that you have past the worst of it, and now your back and strong !!

      haha .. i was just being restless on the wheelchair… but It wasn’t a day in the wheelchair like what I intended to do more a rather just like 1 min on the wheelchair.

      Miss ya !! and thanks for your kind words

      Cheers
      Isaac

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      24/02/2013 at 10:01 pm

  4. Sorry to hear about your Appendicitis bro, my wife had her Appendix 13 years ago luckily I send her to the hospital asap, The Appendicitis had already burst and doctor had to do three pin hole operation to extract the fluid… Get well soon bro..

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    02/03/2013 at 2:55 am

    • thanks bro . yeah .. it was very painful after surgery but luckily now I am feeling so much better. It was good that you sent your wife to the doctor in a quick fashion cause it could get dangerous.. I had only one keyhole instead of three.. so i can say lucky me.

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      05/03/2013 at 3:36 pm

      • lol, that was long time ago bro, maybe that time the technology was not advance yet, take care of your health and get well soon bro 🙂

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        05/03/2013 at 7:29 pm

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    I enjoy reading through a post that can make people think.
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    28/06/2013 at 5:36 am

  6. glinnis

    Same thing happen to me i mean the Same…

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    17/07/2013 at 2:04 pm

    • Hi Glinnis, How is your recovery? I hope all is good..

      Isaac

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      17/07/2013 at 2:09 pm

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    17/08/2013 at 5:46 pm

  8. Pamela's Online Journal

    I didn’t know you then. Happen to see this blog post as one of the popular ones. One year already, I guess. I never had appendicitis before but I saw my brother had it when he was 8 years old. After dinner, he played Wong Feihung then stomache, not ok after seeing doctor and admitted to hospital. So I thought rice dropped into appendix is the cause, until I read this. How ignorant I was. But probably still play safe listening to the old wives’ tale. Interesting though.

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    20/02/2014 at 1:51 pm

    • Hi Pamela, yeah getting the appendicitis from jumping and stuff is just pure old wives tales… but it is not a easy recovery from appendicitis.

      Thanks for reading my blog.

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      20/02/2014 at 4:40 pm

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