beef broth is a poor substitute for enchiladas


so, tuesday i had a mild tummyache in the morning that grew to a monstrous one by evening. I woke up on Wednesday morning feeling better, but like I had bad gas pains. I ate a very mild breakfast and went up to campus, fully intending to teach my class.

However, the walk from my office to the classroom was just too much for me, so I gave my students a walk. I went home and slept for three hours. When I woke up and realized that my pain was now concentrated in the lower right part of my abdomen, I called the doctor.

Fast forward 36 hours and I’m in the hospital, having had an emergency appendectomy last night around 10pm or so. The last thing I remember is the surgeon reciting Puff the Magic Dragon to me while a bunch of people did stuff around my body. Then I woke up in recovery with a nurse going, WAKE UP, MELANIE!

So, here I am, in the hospital, on a clear liquids only diet, fantasizing about fried chicken tenders, gooey enchiladas, tres leches cake, french fries, and cookies. I might be in as long as until Saturday, which will suck, but I was having a hard time keeping water and broth down this morning and I suspect that bought me more time in the clink.

Meanwhile, I watch tv, catch up on blogs, nap, pump and dump, and wonder why in the hell random strangers keep wandering into my room. Strangers who are here to visit a patient that is not me. ARGH!!

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  1. Marcee

     /  February 27, 2009

    Oh dear, I’m so sorry. I had an appendectomy in high school. I was coming home from a football game on a Friday night, thought I just had gas or maybe a bad chili dog or both. After a progressively painful night, we went to the doc Saturday morning and I was appendix-less by 3:00. I can’t believe you lasted that long! I didn’t even make 20 hours. I hope you take it easy and live up the recovery time. And I hope they don’t keep you that long, I never get any rest in hospitals (all thought it may different now with a kid…)
    Take care!

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  2. BetsyD

     /  February 27, 2009

    I’d come visit you if I were in town, M. Feel better soon (and celebrate with greasy, cheesy goodness)!

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  3. Oh no! I hope you’re home and feeling much better now. It sounds like you didn’t have any kind of warning signs. How scary!

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  4. Gimpy!

     /  February 27, 2009

    And, my Mom’s in the hospital, too. So, who’s going to be the third to complete the triumvirate? Sigh.

    I’ll be thinking of you. Feel better!

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  5. Jen

     /  February 27, 2009

    I was so hoping when I read your f-book post on Wednesday that it was just a gallbladder flare up (apparently quite common among the thirty-something mommy set). Alas, sorry to read it was a full-on-surgery-required ordeal. Get well soon!

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  6. wuh

     /  February 27, 2009

    i tell ya, i was afraid that i was going to wander in on the wrong person because your name wasn’t anywhere! i’m down with hippaa and all that, but damn!

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  7. wow, that’s crazy! Glad you’re getting better. Maybe put a sign up that says, if you’re not here to see me, stay out!

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