The morning started with stomach cramps, at least I thought I had cramps. I thought the pain would go away if I moved around.
Pain and fever
Honestly, I thought it was gas, even as the pain intensified. It moved from my lower abdomen to my side and naval area. I began having chills, was nauseated and had a temperature of 101º F.
By early afternoon, I found it hard to stand up straight and called the doctor’s office for an appointment. They could see me in an hour so I gathered clothes to take a shower. In the bathroom, the pain became so intense I sat on the floor.
I shivered with cold and dripped sweat at the same time. I scooted to the living room telephone and called my husband. He came home immediately.
Finding an answer
At the doctor’s office, I walked in hunched over and explained the pain to the nurse at the front counter. She immediately called me back to a room and the doctor came in minutes later. She asked about my medical history and asked if I was pregnant.
The pregnancy test was negative and she took me to another room for an x ray. The x ray showed nothing so they sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound. All the way there, I drank water and continued to drink until they took me in for the ultrasound, which showed nothing.
A doctor came in and pressed on the right side of my stomach, all around my naval and lower side. On the pain scale, it fell between slamming my finger in a car door and giving birth.
The doctor was almost positive I had appendicitis and said they would use a laparoscope to confirm the diagnoses. They would also remove my appendix with the same tool.
The laparoscope makes a much smaller incision than open surgery. The tiny camera goes inside and finds the appendix, or any other problem, as the surgeon watches on a monitor.
Once the doctor confirmed appendicitis, the laparoscope used a tiny instrument to remove the appendix, clean and closed where it took the appendix. The laparoscope and appendix came out the small hole and the surgeon closed the incision.
They did not put me to sleep during the surgery but it did not hurt. I could feel a tugging sensation and that was all.
I was released from the hospital the next morning and back to full duty at work in less than six weeks.