Post # 1
Today was the first challenge of my married life. DH was sick all night throwing up and just feeling horribly. We thought it was a temporary bug, but it showed no sign of getting better – in fact, he was getting scary worse. I took him to the ER where he got hooked up to Ivs (he was throwing up bile in scary doses) and given morphine bc he had really bad abdominal pain. After a Catscan was done, it turns out that it’s appendicitis, and he will be operated on in the AM.
I am a little worried. He’s never had anesthesia before (he’s 33), and obviously it’s invasive surgery (even though he is getting the laparoscopy one, which is minimally invasive). I will go back to hospital in the AM to see him, but would like to know if any Bees had appendicitis and what your experience was with it.
it’s hard to sleep, bc it’s right before Christmas and my boo is at the hospital. 🙁
Post # 3
@MrsNewDay: Aw, sorry to hear this! I hope he recovers quickly! I haven’t had one, but my MIL had one about 3 years ago – she wasn’t feeling good and they decided to go to the ER in the middle of the night, just to be safe, but it turns out hers was about to rupture so it’s good that she went when she did. Her surgery went well and I think she stayed in the hospital for 1 or 2 days after for healing/observation. Oddly enough, I had to take my DH (fiance at the time) to the ER earlier that same night for (what turned out to be) bleeding stomach ulcers… weird/stressful night, but everyone recovered quickly and happily! I know my sleep schedule was completely messed up/non-existent while DH was in the hospital, so I know it’s easier said than done, but try to get some sleep! Best of luck!
Post # 4
I still have mine. But I know several people who have had theirs out with no issue.
But your loved one, especially DH, being in the hospital and facing any kind of surgery is scary… more so before the holidays.
I hope all goes well. I be thinking of you and your family, keep us updated and let us know if you need support, or just to talk.
Post # 5
Yikes, I”m so sorry he is going through this! Poor guy 🙁
I had appendicitis several years ago (Around 14 or 15?). I don’t recall a ton of pain, just very uncomfortable (until my dr pressed in and LET GO. And then I saw stars. Intense pain). I was also unable to have an appetite and so nauseous. Have him chat with the anesthesiologist (I can’t spell) before. They typically check in anyway, but if he or you are unsure of ANYTHING please ask someone. Even grab a nurse (I’m married to one) as they typically can be easier to flag down than a dr. They also may have some good info. I will say that having a laparascopy isn’t as bad as other surgeries – it’s stilll surgery, yeah, but they use very small incisions. I will say when he wakes up his shoulders may hurt. That’s b/c they inflate your abdomen with gas and it has to go somewhere. My nurse was great and had me up and moving as soon as possible. Grab a pilow for the ride home – have him put it between his abdomen and the seat belt. He’ll likely be on painkillers after, so make sure he drinks enough water AND also has some stool softeners or fiber on hand.
Post # 6
Thanks so much for the well wishes. Yeah, he was in surgery this morning. Heading there shortly. MsLobizon – Yeah, I am anxious re: recovery as I will be his caretaker. I would not wish this around Christmastime on anyone! I will talk to the nurses as to what I should do so it’s as smooth as possible.
I can’t even read about it, bc I picture him on the operating table and want to cry. 🙁
Post # 7
@MrsNewDay: I haven’t had appendicitis, but my dad has and luckily it’s a very common procedure with an overwhelming success rate and minimal complications. I’ve had 5 other surgeries, though, that are a lot more invasive with longer recovery and the biggest thing is to remember that he’ll be VERY out of it when he wakes up and it can take an hour or two to wear off from the anesthesia. People waking up from being sedated can often be violent, mean, make no sense, etc. so just be there to hold his hand and he’ll be fine. 🙂
Post # 8
I had my appendix out last year. The illness from appendicitis itself is the worst part. If they are doing it laparoscopically, that’s great! My operation was with a traditional incision. Initially the doc wanted to do the laparoscopy, but for some reason he couldn’t. Oh well, it wasn’t a big deal. I have a 3 inch scar on my lower right abdomen, and you can’t really see it now.
The procedure itself is one of the simplest surgical procedures, because doctors do it quite often. They’ll most likely put him under general anesthesia, but an epidural with sedation is not unheard of either. Waking up from the anesthesia is the worst part – it’s like a really groggy hangover for me. It doesn’t matter if he’s never had it before – doctors know what they are doing.
Recovery from an appendectomy isn’t as bad as people make it out to be. Since the operation is small and very quick, it’s not too invasive. Since he is getting surgery in the morning, they’ll have him out of bed and walking a bit that evening. They did that with me and also with my parents who have both had abdominal surgery. Getting up and standing is the worst, and he won’t be able to stand up straight, but he’s got to do it ASAP. It’s unlikely that he will have dietary restrictions either but that is up to the doctor. He’ll have to eat hospital food though, lol.
The appendix is vestigial, like wisdom teeth, so his body isn’t going to miss it.
Maybe bring him a small gift or something he likes when you see him. People like that when they are in the hospital, especially at Christmas. I’ve spent Christmas in the hospital a couple of times before for worse things, and it’s not fun.
Post # 9
@MrsNewDay: how are you two doing today? How did his surgery go?
Post # 10
An update (sorry that I couldn’t update earlier – I was at hospital then getting apartment ready for DH’s arrival): His surgery went WELL!!! He was seriously a million times better post-op than he was when I took him to the ER on that Saturday night. He should be released today, so we are crossing our fingers that he is.
Thank you for your kind words and anecdotes. 🙂