When I was around the age of 13, I embarked on a vacation with my dad, brother, and stepmother to visit family in my Dad’s hometown in Kentucky. I was optimistic about enjoying my vacation there, but it was short lived.
The second day of the vacation, I awoke to feeling very sick, nausea and vomiting, as well as a sharp pain in my lower right abdomen. I remember walking downstairs, sitting at the kitchen table, and trying to eat breakfast. That would not happen. My Dad noticed my condition, and after only 30 minutes of assessing my predicament, he decided he had better take me to the hospital.
Little did I know I had appendicitis, and it was about to burst at any moment. I will share with you tips on what to look for in regards to the condition, diagnosis and treatment, as well as share my story along the way.
My diagnosis came while at the hospital, when I had to undergo, at first, an awkward procedure for a thirteen year old. Initially, the doctor wanted to perform a pelvic exam, in order to rule out female issues. Needless to say, at age thirteen, it was an unpleasant experience. The next step was, the doctor wanted to put me under anesthesia and do a minor exploratory procedure; this was what determined that I indeed had appendicitis and that it was close to rupture. The doctor decided it was best to remove the annoying organ, seeing as how it serves no purpose to the body.
The biggest issue with having appendicitis is that if left untreated, it can be quite dangerous. My case was quick and furious, so I had no time to consider other treatment options except surgery. Others may detect their problem sooner, simply by not ignoring pain in the lower right abdomen, and seeking immediate medical attention. After my surgery, I spent a couple of days in the hospital. I was released with minor diet restrictions (mashed potatoes, jello, and other soft foods) for about a week.
What I learned from having appendicitis is that it is important to pay attention to the warning signs your body gives you. Your body has predetermined signals it sends when in distress and it is best to pay attention and follow through with medical treatment when issues arise. I learned that taking care of oneself is of utmost importance in staying healthy for a lifetime.
I hope that in the event you have any of the above symptoms, you will seek medical attention. Leaving appendicitis untreated can have devastating effects on the body and can result in death if it ruptures inside the body. I hope these tips help and remember to take care of yourself.