What a whirlwind week this has been! On Tuesday after lunch, I suddenly felt a terrible pain in the center of my stomach. I couldn’t teach standing up…I had to sit down and lean over. I was miserable and couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. Thankfully, my wonderful 1st grade teammates took my students out to recess for me so that I could have a few minutes. I went down to the nurse’s office at school and laid down with the other sicky kiddos! Talk about feeling silly! The kids got a kick out of it though!
I was able to get an appointment with my doctor later that evening. They ran some tests and pushed on my belly but couldn’t really figure out what it could be. He said, “Go to the E.R. and they can do a sonogram on your belly.” Well, I FREAKED out! I do not do well at the doctor, pass out at the sight of a needle, and I was not prepared to be told that!
Thankfully, Ben was with me and the pain had went from a level 8 to a level 3. I decided to eat some dinner and try to sleep and see how I felt in the morning. I would be able to go to my regular doctor for an ultrasound the next day when they were open. Well, all night my stomach was in pain, the only relief I felt was when I was laying in the bathtub.
I woke up at 5am and took another warm bath and then decided to take myself to the E.R. I couldn’t wait anymore to find out what was wrong with me… I called for a sub at work and drove myself to the hospital. Thankfully, it’s right across the street from my new house (very convenient!) Ben was booked at work all day, so I was going to have to be a BIG GIRL and do it all by myself!
So, after waiting 6 hours, having blood tests, an ultra sound, and a CT scan, they discovered I had appendicitis! I would need to have my appendix out as soon as possible. Talk about an overwhelming feeling! I dressed in my lovely gown and was quickly moved through the process for surgery.
About an hour later, I was surrounded by family and friends! I was in a lot of pain and very sleepy. I am so thankful to everyone who came to visit me to feed me ice chips and to all of the wonderful nurses and doctors. They took such great care of me! And to top off the day, mom flew in the same evening of my surgery to come and take care of me! She is amazing.
So today is my first full day at home, I am eating a liquid diet but can slowly start eating solids on my own as I feel stronger. My pain is getting less and less painful thanks to the Percocet! I have taken the rest of the week off of work and am hoping to get back to my regular routine on Monday.
I would hope that no one would have to go through the pain that I went through and I am very lucky that I was able to have surgery before things got worse! Hoping for a speedy recovery and eating LOTS of mashed potatoes!