Saturday, December 22, 2012

When In Doubt; Take It Out

Thirty minutes feels like hours when you are standing outside the door of an Urgent care center waiting for the door to open for business, at the sound of the lock tumbler turning everyone rushed the door.

Walking up to the counter there were four of us waiting to be chosen as the first to arrive, “What brings you here today” the man behind the counter asks “We are here for the dance class” was the reply which he did not find amusing, but I did see a smile as he pushed the clipboard with the forms to fill out in our direction.

A sore throat should be easy to take care of, so thinking we would be in and out in short order was not in the works for the day, in addition to a sore throat, a slight abdominal pain turned into a rush across town to the emergency room.

After Blood work, Ultrasounds, and CT Scans the ER Doctor comes in with the results of the many tests Appendicitis, how in the world can you go into urgent care with a sore throat and come out with the diagnosis of appendicitis?

A surgeon was called in to discuss the situation, I was kind of afraid when he walked into the room already in a surgical gown, and told me his motto was “When in doubt; Take it out”

What are my options Doc? In my opinion your appendix has to come out, are you serious it can’t be that bad, “If you go home I guarantee you will be back and on my table in less than twelve hours” so out the door we went to surgery.
The surgery went well, and the hospital stay was like most hospital stays, you know where they come in at all hours of the night and wake you up to see how well you are sleeping.

On the last night of the hospital stay the nurse on duty simply scared the Bejeezus out of Cindy, this lady stepped into the doorway and blocked all the light from the hallway. How many of you remember William “The Refrigerator” Perry from the Chicago Bears? I hate to say it but this is who she reminded me of.

But after introducing herself she became the most kindhearted and knowledgeable nurse I have ever come into contact with, the fear in Cindy’s eyes went right out the window and I have to say this was a case where we shouldn’t have judged the book by its cover.

A quick appendectomy, a slow few days in the hospital, a bumpy ride home last night, and now Cindy has the instructions to not lift anything over twenty pounds before the first of February.

This is a quick rundown of the last few days in our lives, Cindy is doing well and it looks like the next time she has a sore throat we just may go straight to the ER, but I know for sure next time she does have a sore throat, it wont be her appendix.

The Good Lord works in mysterious ways, because had He not given her a sore throat strong enough to take us to urgent care, the next symptom of the appendicitis may have made matters much worse.

Have you ever had a diagnosis that didn’t fit the symptoms that took you to the Doctor?

28 comments:

  1. So glad to hear Cindy is "on the mend" so to speak and that they caught it in time! Definitely don't want to deal with a ruptured appendix!

    It is amazing how God works to allow us to find out what is wrong with our bodies, even if it is a painful situation like the sore throat in Cindy's case. My FIL fell off a ladder years ago and broke several ribs. While in the hospital they found a tumor in his lungs they wouldn't have found for months and then possibly too late. Had it completely removed, cancer was self contained in it, didn't need chemo, etc.

    Hope Cindy continues to heal well! May you all have a Merry Christmas!

    betty

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    1. Hi Betty, Yes your FIL falling from the ladder was a sign for sure, it is amazing the signs God gives us if we only listen.

      A Merry Christmas to you too my Friend.

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    1. Thank You Joe, she is on the right track now.

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  3. The burning question in my mind: Did the surgery cure her sore throat?

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    1. Yes it did indeed, when she woke up in recovery that was the first thing she said, "Hey my throat is not hurting" strange but true :)

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  4. That's the kind of excitement I can do without! Please tell me the sore throat didn't turn into something worse and she has to cough, as well as try heal from the appendectomy? OUCH!

    Get well, Cindy!

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    1. Hey Ms. A, You are so right this would not be the time for a nagging cough, Thank God she does not have that problem.

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  5. WOW, Jimmy...when I first started reading this post I didn't know whether you were talking about something that had happened years ago or now?!?!

    So glad to hear that Cindy is doing well and mending.

    "The Good Lord works in mysterious ways, because had He not given her a sore throat strong enough to take us to urgent care, the next symptom of the appendicitis may have made matters much worse."

    Amen!

    Give a hug to Cindy for me, okay?



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    1. Hey Ron, This was indeed our experience this very week, so glad that sore throat popped up and now she is home healing from the surgery.

      Will give her a hug from you Buddy and you know she is sending one right back to you also.

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  6. Get well Cindy! It's always good to tell the doctor everything, even your minor complaints.

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    1. Hey MC, Yes sometimes the minor complaint turns out to be more major than what you came in for.

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  7. OMG isnt it strange how things work out... and how fortuitous that Cindy got a sore throat. It was lucky she had an unrelated symptom and was on the spot for a cure, so to speak. I am so pleased she is doing well and I hope she (and you) manages to have an enjoyable Christmas. Seasons greetings to you both.

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    1. Thank You Valerie, It is amazing how things turn out at times, glad this one was for the better, Christmas will be a quiet one this year but still a happy time I know, I wish a Merry Christmas to you also my Friend.

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  8. Jeez....Cindy was indeed lucky. Glad to hear things are better now.

    Mrs. Refrigerator Perry. Haha! Love it! :)

    S

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    1. Hey Scott, When that nurse stepped into the room "The Fridge" was the first thing I thought of, too bad Cindy didn't have her the whole time, I think she would have gotten up and out of there a whole lot sooner :)

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  9. So THAT's where you've been!
    I'm glad Cindy made it through okay. Good thing you went to the Urgent Care. One less thing to worry about now!

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    1. Hi Abby, Yes Mam this is what has kept me away from the computer, hoping to catch up before long :)

      Amen one less thing to worry about this is a true statement.

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  10. I had my appendix out when I was sixteen and you can tell Cindy from me that she won't miss it. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.

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    1. Thank You Stephen, I appreciate you my Friend, A Very Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. C also.

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  11. Oh my goodness, Jimmy, I am so sorry that you two have been dealing with this, so close to the holidays. Give Cindy my love nd an extra hug for me! Get better soon, Cindy!

    Maybe Cindy can do a post about Nurse Jimmy?

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    1. Hi Bijoux, I told Cindy what you said about doing a post, the smile she gave kind of scared me Ha Ha now I am afraid she just may do one.

      Thank you my Dear Friend.

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  12. Wow - life works in odd and mysterious ways. You couldn't make this stuff up!

    Glad Cindy is feeling better and got this out of the way before Christmas rolled around!

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    1. She is doing much better today, just in time for Christmas the timing couldn't have been any better.

      You are so right life is odd and sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction :)

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  13. When I first read the title of your post I expected to read advice on birth control!

    Pleased to hear Cindy is recovering.

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    1. Hey Bryan, That is a bit of birth control advice a lot of folks miss.

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  14. Oh my goodness, Jimmy! I am just now reading this. What a scary ordeal for you all! Glad Cindy is a-ok. Funny how tricky those sore throats are. Gives open up and say, Ahhh a whole new meaning. Lol.

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    1. Hey Angelia, "Gives open up and say, Ahhh a whole new meaning." Lordy isn't that the truth, Cindy says she will never go in for a sore throat again Ha Ha

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