With a Capital EM: Appendicitis Appreciation
As Tabatha berated a salon owner for his errant ways, I lay there thinking just how sick I must be because usually “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover” is one of my favorite shows and I could not for the life of me enjoy the marathon currently on TV. Not even a little bit.
Frustrated — because I’m usually healthy as can be and able to enjoy Bravo programming to the fullest extent — I grabbed my purse, got into my car and headed to urgent care. No pain should last nonstop from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Urgent care agreed and sent me directly to the ER.
I landed at Sparrow where a large line of ER patients waited. (Hot tip – apparently Monday is the busiest day in the ER, especially after a holiday). When I told the triage nurse my pain was at a 7, I skipped the line.
Suddenly back in a room, I started to feel better. But before I could protest, a nurse was putting in an IV (my first) and ordering a CT Scan (another first). Thirty minutes later the verdict was in. I had appendicitis and it had to come out — now.
Within 90 minutes I was in the OR prep room about to have surgery (a major first).
The next day, I was home, finally without pain and with a new found appreciation for life.
Sure, the appendix is one of the easiest items to remove — after all — we don’t need it. And I recovered very quickly.
That being said, I couldn’t help but get tears in my eyes as I stood at Common Ground on the Friday after my surgery. I was with my love and great friends with great music and as an added bonus the fireworks from the Lugnuts game were going off above.
Another new appreciation? Doctors, nurses, all hospital staff. When the representative from Sparrow called to follow up on my experience, I really couldn’t say enough. Thanks to the fast-action of the surgeon the experience was pretty simple. If they had waited things could have gotten worse. How about those nurses who work 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. shifts? They are heroes. I think I was easy. A little Jell-O and a few walks around the hall, but I got the feeling it didn’t matter. They were just as polite and accommodating to all patients.
While only 6 percent of people have to have their appendix removed, I don’t feel too bitter about the whole thing. Once and awhile it’s nice to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life, including Bravo programming.
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Emily Caswell is the Managing Editor of CAWLM. She has a passion for fun, family, friends, shopping sprees, cold drinks and Lansing.