I’ve skipped a post here or there, but it’s rare that a whole week goes missing. I know some of you check in on me based on that consistency, and there’s enough to worry about without adding to the pile.
At least I think so, but apparently my appendix disagreed. What better time than a pandemic to start making noise, after all? I certainly wasn’t giving it a single thought, poor, neglected thing whose purpose ended after it helped put my overactive immune system into play at the start of my life. That little green monster rose its head and my appendix answered the call.
So, the long and short of it is four days of weird pain ending in laparoscopic surgery. I’m still recovering, so we’ll see about next week’s blog, but I’m doing fine. Better than I was, actually.
The staff at Renown South Meadows was wonderful. They took every precaution to keep me safe in their care. The Emergency Room doctors, nurses, and other staff made me comfortable, accepted my requests to stay off loopy meds, and even broke into song on occasion to help pass the time. How they found the energy to smile and be kind is nothing short of a miracle. It made a huge difference when I couldn’t have a family member with me in an effort to reduce potential exposure.
The hospital staff were just as helpful and kind even as
they continued a critical job under long hours and complicated conditions. They
combined admonishments to get some sleep and call for help whenever I needed it
with treats of cranberry juice (my choice) and chocolate pudding. My surgeon
explained everything well enough for me to understand even given my state, enabling
me to pass the explanation on to my husband, who was far more stressed than I
While I wish the organ waited a bit longer, if it had to be now, this was the best it could go. A big thank you to everyone who is working to take care of us in these difficult times. May the good Karma serve you well in times to come.
To end on a proper “me” note, my son had the perfect explanation for why I did this. He said I needed to clear out space for the cooling system necessary to support my future cybernetic replacement parts. Guess I’m getting ready early. I wonder what I’ll have enhanced first.
Hope your quarantine is going a little better than mine. Stay safe and healthy. See you on the other side.