It's hard to believe it's been a year since I founded LAF - Living Appendix Free
It was an ordinary Wednesday morning. Well, ordinary except that I woke from my sleep at 4 am with a stabbing pain in my abdomen. Acknowledging my tendency toward drama (the same one that had me rushing to the ER with what I was sure was a brain aneurysm, when really it was my first migraine)I decided to wait it out. Until 8:01 when I called the doctor's office in the worst pain of my life. "Maybe it's a virus," the triage nurse suggested. "Give us a call if it gets worse."
"Uh-uh. I'm going to need an appointment right away." I was already on my way to the doctor's when I called Niki who I'd seen study body diagrams all through college. The early hour of my phone call was her tip-off that something was wrong. Then there was this line of questioning:
"Hey Nik - where's your spleen?"
"Left, upper quadrant."
"Where's your appendix?"
"Right, lower quadrant - why are you asking me this?"
Still, I was stunned when there was a surgeon called in for consult. And even more so when I heard I would be having surgery that afternoon. I had shower invitations to mail, a bachelorette party to plan, all my articles for the Home & Garden tab were due, there was no way I had time for surgery. But, my body disagreed.
"Why are you crying?" The surgeon asked. He honestly seemed bewildered.
"Um, because I came in with a stomach ache and now I'm going to the hospital, and I'm here alone and ... "
"You didn't have an ordinary stomachae, it's acute appendicitis and we need to get the appendix out before it ruptures." This was followed by a little more crying as our Q&A session came to a close. I called the high school and left Matt a message with someone I later learned was a student aide:
Matt beat me home. I had to stop at the library to return my library books. He had my bag packed for me and we were off for a miserable ride to the hospital. I'll spare the details of the hospital experience for another day. It was horrible. I may never eat Jello again for as long as I live.