When I was eight, I was sitting in my third grade classroom when all of a sudden I felt this horrible pain in my stomach. The nurse was not there and the secretary did not believe that I was sick. I tried to go back to class, but I could barely walk.
My teacher took me by the hand and walked me to the office. Fortunately, the nurse was there. She called my mom and told her I might have appendicitis and to take me to the doctor right away. Upon hearing that I had suddenly felt a pain in my stomach near my side, my doctor tried to touch where it hurt. I shied away as soon as she got close. She took my temperature and I had a fever. My doctor told my mom to take me to the emergency room immediately. My appendix had burst. The wait in the emergency room was torture and when we finally were seen, the doctor said if they had not gotten me into surgery within a few hours I might have died.
I have never heard of someone’s incision having to stay open but mine had to drain. They put a latex tube in my stomach and took it out after surgery. I needed to stay in the hospital for a weeks with an IV drip and blood tests to monitor the infection. At first, walking was really hard, I could not eat, nor could I control my bodily functions. When I got out of the hospital, my mom had to change my bandages and swab the inside if the incision twice a day. It didn’t hurt but it was certainly scary and felt weird. After another week, I could go back to school. It was awesome that I had a huge hole in my stomach and I got to show all of my classmates. The hole closed up on its own and left me with a very noticeable scar.
Appendicitis feels like a stomach ache near your side. When pushed on, it hurts tenfold. Do not wait until your appendix bursts to go to the doctor. If you have to stay in the hospital for awhile, try to get up and walk around so you don’t get blood clots in your legs. If your incision has to drain, change the bandages frequently and take an antibiotic as prescribed by your doctor. Appendicitis happens to kids too so it is important for parents to be knowledgeable about the condition as well.