My recovery from appendicitis
Date: 3/17/2013 11:45:33 PM ( 7 y ) ... viewed 3409 times
Three weeks ago I had to go to hospital with suspected appendicitis. I had been sick for a few weeks prior to this with diarrhea and dry retching some mornings. I was very concerned and thought that the parasites where back.
So, I saw the doctor and sent a three day parasitology stool test kit back to Histopath in Sydney. Luckily it came back negative for all parasites, cysts and ova.
Anyway, I was in pain one evening and so went to bed with a sleeping tablet to try to knock myself out, however I woke up at 3am, unable to sleep. In the end I dragged myself off to work, where I lasted until the early afternoon. I rang the government "Nurse on Call" service to ask what I should do. Based on my information the nurse strongly suggested I get examined.
So, I left work a couple of hours before close and just drove to the doctor, where they were able to fit me in. The doctor said I had a temperature, and based on his examination, thought I may have appendicitis. He said I should go home and wait 6 hours to see if my symptoms improved. They didn't, and we made the decision to go to the hospital.
After I was admitted, I waited a very long time in this room, in a bed, in a gown, waiting to see the ER doctor. In the meantime they started this very painful drip in my right hand, and started me off on intravenous antibiotics. They also gave me morphine, which was a mistake, because I forgot I was allergic to morphine, but I was a bit out of it when they administered it. It made me shake uncontrollably for several hours - teeth, body, everything. Nasty.
Amyway, I was finally seen at about midnight but they did not deem my case urgent enough to be operated on that night, and call in the colorectal surgeon, as they obviously had more pressing cases to manage. So I survived the night and all the next day until 2pm, when they finally operated laparascopically.
They told me later that night they found quite a lot of infected fluid in my peritoneal cavity, and although they could not see on my ovary where a cyst would have burst, they thought I had a burst ovarian cyst. My appendix was normal size, but they took it out anyway.
Abdominal laparoscopic surgery is essentially keyhole surgery, and they pump up your abdomen with carbon dioxide (which the body can expel) to provide a dome under which to work. Then they basically work in the dark and look at a computer screen, to do the surgery.
It was quite painful the next few days as the remaining gas they have not been able to squeeze out, makes its way up, under your rib cage, diaphragm, and eventually shoulder pain. Notwithstanding pain from the site of the operation and insertion points. Brilliant.
So I was in hospital three nights all up, and then went home on the Monday. The first week at home was a great struggle. Really painful to move, walk, you name it. It seemed to get worse so I was advised to go back to hospital. I spent another night in hospital under observation, this time another drip in my arm. I had a CT scan, which luckily showed that things were healing ok.
While in hospital this second time they informed me that the tests on the appendix from pathology had come back, and they showed that while the appendix was of normal appearance on the outside, it was infected and inflamed inside. It turned out to be appendicitis all along.
So back home I went.
All up, it has taken three weeks to get my mobility back and be out of the pain. The doctor in the ER said that aloe vera is very good for this condition and I should have the drink you can get at the supermarket. I remembered this on the weekend and decided to try it. Luckily enough I have been propagating aloe vera in the garden for a while now, because it is great for all sorts of things such as sunburn.
So I have been cutting one of the fleshy leaves off at the base with a sharp knife, then taking the leaf inside and washing it. I have then been slicing just underneath the flat side all the way along the leaf to expose the clear gel flesh of the leaf proper. Then I take a teaspoon and scrape all this flesh out on to a plate. I cut it up into pieces and just eat it. I have been doing this morning and night, and the turn around in my condition has been amazing. I had felt that there was still some residual infection because it still felt inflamed and irritated in that area. But I think I can confidently state that eating aloe vera gel twice a day has put paid to that!
I have also been taking kefir (from kefir grains) once a day, to repopulate my internal beneficial bacteria, because having Flagyl (Metronidazole) intravenously gave me almost instant candida/thrush. I treated this quickly with Canesten. Kefir has helped me regain normal internal flora.
Image of me with laparoscopic insertion points: http://seriouslyconflictedone.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/i-have-been-in-hospital...
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