Friday, February 29, 2008

Laparoscopic Appendectomy, Anyone?


As many of you already know, I got to experience the joy of having my appendix removed. I went to the E.R. early Monday morning (at like 2AM) because I was having this horrible abdominal pain that would NOT go away. They did some blood work & gave me a couple different things to try & subside the pain. Finally, around 8:30 AM they sent me home with some pain killers thinking it was a muscle spasm in my diaphragm... I WISH!

About 3 hours after I got home, the pain unbearable! I was REALLY weak & dizzy, but it wasn't until I PASSED OUT that we finally decided "OK, maybe we should go back to the E.R." & we did. Round 2 started at 6:30 PM Monday night & around 4AM Tuesday morning (after more blood work, 2 CAT scans, a very invasive pelvic exam, & many tears later) the Dr. told me they were taking me to the O.R. to have my appendix removed. It was a LONG DAY, to say the least!!


Thankfully, it didn't burst! They were able to take it out with a laparascope, so instead of having a scar across my tummy I have 3 small incisions (on my right side, in my belly button, & right on my pelvic line). You can't see my belly button incision because they stuffed it full of cotton, & the one on my pelvic line... Well, you can see about all you'd want to... we're not that familiar with each other :). I was discharged Wednesday evening & have been doing pretty good at home! My belly is still really SWOLLEN & TENDER, but I can eat regular food as long as I take it easy. The only REALLY CRAPPY thing is getting in & out of bed & I have to sleep on my back, in the SAME POSITION, all night long.

Thanks to everyone who has called, come to visit, sent flowers, brought dinners, & just let me know of your love & support!

12 comments:

THE MICHAEL FAMILY said...

What a terrible experience! I hope you feel well soon!

jes said...

how sad!! hope you have a speedy recovery..

Shannon said...

I hope the pain isn't too bad. If you get bored, call me and we can come visit. That is if you want to be around my noisy kids.

Christie & Travis said...

Sorry to hear about your surgery. I hope you feel better soon! Let me know if you need anything.

Mike & Linda said...

its kinda scarey that the ER didn't catch what was going on the first visit. Glad you're home and safe.

Sariah,Chief Editor said...

Wowzers!! Sounds worse than labor!! I am glad they finally figured it out to put you out of your misery!

Jaime S. said...

hang in there. luckily you'll never have to do this again.

Us And The Boys said...

ashleigh I admire your positive aditude, your always so sweet, glad your home and doing well, i hate sleeping on my back too that was always the hardest thing for me when i was pregnant.

Tyler, Kamry & Jaxxen said...

I totally know how you feel! I had mine taken out too but mine did burst so I have a huge scar to prove it! And to add to my lovely scar I have a bigger one do to my C section so I definatly know how it feels to get in and out of bed. Just hope you dont have a C section because it is a LOT worse since they cut through all your stomach muscles! Ya it was lots of fun! Hope you feel better soon!

Brian, Lish & Lily said...

I'm glad you are getting better. I have decided that I don't like seeing you in the hospital and in pain. I agree with Andrea and "Don't do it again!" :)

Josh n' Meagan said...

Man that sounds like no fun. I'm glad they didn't burst though! Hope you are feeling much better by now.

Dean and Katrina said...

Oh, I feel for you Ashleigh! I got mine taken out in August. It was not fun. I am glad yours did not burst-feel better soon!