Sunday, May 11, 2008

Ruptured Appendix

Well, as you can see Christopher had a hospital experience, poor boy had emergency surgery. Wednesday morning he was having some lower abdominal pain and it also pained him to use the bathroom. He thought to himself, "I have kidney stones," and goes and visits a urologist on his lunch. Fortunately he doesn't have kidney stones just a pulled abdominal muscle. As the day progressed his pain worsened and by the evening he was pretty darn sick. He skipped the hellos when he got home that night, skipped dinner, and went straight to bed. He iced his stomach thinking the cold would relieve the intense pain he was having but it didn't help. He absolutely refused to be taken to any sort of doctor, let alone the ER. He thought he could simply sleep it off. The next morning his alarm sounded bright and early and he could not get out of bed the pain was so excrutiating. He asked me to please remove his socks, as he couldn't bend over or stand up straight for that matter, so he could shower for work. When he could barely walk to me for his sock removal I requested that he quit being a hero and get back in bed, he was missing work. He could not find sleep and so I got up and showered. Eight o'clock rolls around and he's dying, can't breath, can't walk, can't move, nauseous, pale, low fever. It's time to take charge I tell myself. I let him know who was boss...ME, demanded him to take a shower, and let him know we were headed straight to the ER whether he liked it or not. Banner Gateway is a beautiful thing. We were the only ones there, he was back in a bed in 3 minutes speaking to a doctor. Beautiful! They ran several tests including a urine and blood test. We thought surely they would come back positive for an appendicitis but they came back clean. I had visions of having to be a tough, insistent wife that something really was wrong but fortunately the cat scan came back positive for an appendicitis and I was spared the drama. At 3:00 he was taken into surgery and at 3:27 the Dr came to report it had indeed ruptured and they were able to remove all the infection. He said it most likely ruptured a month previous and if he wasn't so healthy and active he would be recovering in the ICU or dead. We're thankful he's active! Chris made a speedy and complete recovery. At his 2 week check up the Dr was completely amazed at how flawlessly Chris had healed. He said in all his years of practice he's never seen an appendicitis case as severe as Chris's recover so quickly and completely. A big Thank You to Grandma and Grandpa for unexpectedly taking our blondies for 3 days!

14 comments:

Jen H. said...

I'm sorry to hear about his ruptured appendix and I'm so glad to hear he's healing and doing better!!!

Kim said...

Why is it that men always try to play the hero and refuse medical care and yet are such babies when they are sick? Good for you for taking charge.

My attitude over the years has evolved to this......you have options....seek medical attention or do nothing...if you choose to do nothing don't whine to me and expect sympathy, I have no patience for that sort of thing.

Heather said...

I am glad Chris is okay and you survived the whole ordeal as well.

You threw me for a moment with the date of the post, I thought my google reader had failed me. But, I remembered once you start the post is when blogger records the date! :) Glad to see you posting again.

The Kemptons said...

Chris I am so sorry you had to go through that. I am so glad that you are doing so much better. Heidi how are you feeling? And has your doctor given you a due date yet? Let's get together soon.

Jamie Hammond Photography said...

We are glad you are ok! When you get feeling better you guys need to make a trip up here to SF.

fyi this is owen not jamie hammond photography...

Taylor said...

Thats really scary! But i'm glad he's ok.

Nichols Family said...

Soooo happy he's feeling well again! Does he still go play raquetball? Trent needs motivation again...have Chris call him! Trent has been complaining of pain in his leg but won't go get it checked. He might have to learn a tough lesson.

Shanen said...

Yea, we are glad he is doing better. What a scary experience. Way to take charge. I am sure he way very grateful.

Mandi said...

Good grief! That sounds like no fun! It's a good thing he has a "take-charge" wife. It sounds like if it wasn't for you he would be down and out. Yikes! I am so glad he's okay. How are you? I miss you you know. It's a bummer that with gas prices being what they are you might as well live in another state. I hope that life is well and healthy in the Anderson residence. We need to chat one of these days.

Jamie Young said...

Oh man, that is scary! I can't believe it had ruptured a whole month earlier, you've got one tough man on your hands! Glad the recovery is going well and he's lucky to have such a nice wife to take care of him :)

PamJorg said...

You go girl! Taking charge like that! Glad all is well

Clay & Jewelia Eagar said...

you guys have not had good luck lately in the sick department! first your ear, and now this! Hopefully you will now have a sick/hospital free summer :)

Chelsea said...

Poor Fancy! Jer had his out too..and his did not rupture, but I remember I have never ever seen someone so sick before in my life. I was working then, and his mom had to take him to the ER. He couldn't even walk at all.

Crystal said...

We see who really wears the pants.