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Old 08-09-2015, 08:57 PM   #17981
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Nords, My sisters had appendicitis when they were 5 and 6 so I was shocked when mine ruptured at 21. I thought it was a little kids thing. Mine ruptured on a Monday night and didn't go to ER until Wednesday. The main thing I remember was the smell from the infection after surgery and the surgeon wanting to know why I waited so long. I was going to another doctor who kept telling me the pain was some gastro....... what-not and not to worry about it. Glad your surgery worked out well.
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Old 08-09-2015, 11:45 PM   #17982
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W2R, sorry about the crash. Watch out for the delayed bruising tomorrow and take it easier for a few days.

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FWIW, I knew a little old lady of 90 who developed acute appendicitis. She did very well, but was unable to surf afterwards!
The surgeons didn't seem interested in my plaintive queries about when I could resume surfing.

I guess I'm glad that I didn't wait to deal with this until I was older.

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Nords, My sisters had appendicitis when they were 5 and 6 so I was shocked when mine ruptured at 21. I thought it was a little kids thing. Mine ruptured on a Monday night and didn't go to ER until Wednesday. The main thing I remember was the smell from the infection after surgery and the surgeon wanting to know why I waited so long. I was going to another doctor who kept telling me the pain was some gastro....... what-not and not to worry about it. Glad your surgery worked out well.
My impression of appendicitis (even on the submarines) was that it was longer than 30 hours! I was unpleasantly surprised at how quickly (and painfully) things deteriorated.
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W2R, sorry about the crash. Watch out for the delayed bruising tomorrow and take it easier for a few days.
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I am glad you are doing OK.

I had my Appendectomy when I was 23, just out of the service. No insurance. I went to a private hospital ER and they diagnosed it.

I was about ready to get operated on, and I decided to let someone else know. My father picked me up and we went to the VA and I got it done for free. the ER bill from the hospital was like $300.

If I would have known it was going to be $300 ahead of time, I would have probably died. It didn't feel like a $300 pain.
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While we were waiting for the police, two different ambulance chaser types approached us (and then when we said we weren't injured, approached the other driver). Personal injury lawsuits are big business here, too.
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While we were waiting for the police, two different ambulance chaser types approached us (and then when we said we weren't injured, approached the other driver). Personal injury lawsuits are big business here, too.
Glad to hear about no obvious injuries, but unfortunately know from recent experience about the aches & pains that show up in a few days. And I thought it was bad enough when I got big glossy advertisements from several previously unknown law firms in the days following my accident! Roadside consultation, seriously!?
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....My impression of appendicitis (even on the submarines) was that it was longer than 30 hours! I was unpleasantly surprised at how quickly (and painfully) things deteriorated.
Don't understand the "longer than 30 hours". Heck yeah, it's painful. Walked around bent over with pain from the time they ruptured on Monday until Wednesday, that's why I finally went to the ER.


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Glad to hear all went well with it and I'll be mindful of the symptoms myself. I thought once I'd made it past 40 or 50 that wasn't gonna happen. Evidently not true!

After my "almost heart attack" last summer we did get all our paperwork in order. We did have wills but none of the other stuff.

W2R, glad to hear no injuries. It is still unnerving when it happens though.
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Don't understand the "longer than 30 hours".
Possibly, Nords was referring to a situation like mine.
I'll never forget my experience; it was in my first term of high school.

Discomfort increasing in lower abdomen, starting Friday evening.
Bad enough Saturday that when the doc made a house call (yes, I'm that old) he decided I should go to the hospital. Once there, they did repeated blood tests for another 24 hours, then decided to take the damn thing out.
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Ahhh, thanks braumeister. I had pain off and on for a month before they ruptured.
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Mine ruptured in June of 2004, and I felt ill but not terrible. Probably because it was contained in an abscess that eventually grew to lemon size. Then it was painful, but deemed too infected to remove safely. So they treated me with antibiotics for a couple of months, the abscess shrank, and the dr removed the appendix laparoscopically. All is well 11 years later.
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Who knew you could learn so much about appendices and car accidents on an early retirement forum? Sending healing wishes to all!

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I am glad you are doing OK.
I had my Appendectomy when I was 23, just out of the service. No insurance. I went to a private hospital ER and they diagnosed it.
I was about ready to get operated on, and I decided to let someone else know. My father picked me up and we went to the VA and I got it done for free. the ER bill from the hospital was like $300.
If I would have known it was going to be $300 ahead of time, I would have probably died. It didn't feel like a $300 pain.
I called Tricare (UnitedHealthcare) today and they're happy. Tripler hadn't sent out any notifications yet but that should happen this week (or maybe they never will). I'm glad I didn't waste any time on the phone beforehand.

For those of you on Oahu: I neglected to mention Tripler's secret In-Patient pharmacy window. It's the one you use when you're checking out of the hospital (before you take off your wristband) and you have to fill a prescription. Don't waste your time in line at the front windows #1-#5. Instead follow the pharmacy walls to the left (counterclockwise) around the back and try one of windows #6-#9.

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Don't understand the "longer than 30 hours". Heck yeah, it's painful. Walked around bent over with pain from the time they ruptured on Monday until Wednesday, that's why I finally went to the ER.
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Possibly, Nords was referring to a situation like mine.
I'll never forget my experience; it was in my first term of high school.
Discomfort increasing in lower abdomen, starting Friday evening.
Bad enough Saturday that when the doc made a house call (yes, I'm that old) he decided I should go to the hospital. Once there, they did repeated blood tests for another 24 hours, then decided to take the damn thing out.
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My pain is gone and the swelling is almost gone. Some of the superglue is already flaking off the laparoscopy incisions (that means they're healing), and they said it'd take about 6-10 days.

I remember several submarine situations that dragged on for nearly a week before the corpsman had enough fever or white blood cells to make the call. (You submarine veterans will vouch that you never bothered the corpsman unless you were really seriously hurting.) Before I went to the hospital when I realized that I could treat the pain with acetaminophen, it actually subsided enough to let me get back to sleep.

My appendix apparently looked ugly on the CT scan at 11 AM, but the surgeons felt that they had enough time for laparoscopy. They weren't dawdling but they weren't setting up for a "slash & mop" evolution either. By the time they saw it on the laparoscopy camera a little after 4 PM, though, the response was "Oh crap, hurry up." If I'd known it was gonna go bad that quickly then I would've driven in to Tripler at 3 AM.

Some cases must flare up fast while others take longer to become a problem. I'm not sure why. Some people can also fight the peritonitis better, even without antibiotics, although I doubt the survival rate is very high.

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Glad to hear all went well with it and I'll be mindful of the symptoms myself. I thought once I'd made it past 40 or 50 that wasn't gonna happen. Evidently not true!
Yeah, apparently there's no senior freebie-- not even a discount.

There were some pouty faces among the ER staff who expected to see a current medical directive or POA on file (either in paper or a canned copy). But my last visit was nearly five years ago so I might not have even had a paper record. They just decided to accept our word that we had a directive. The ER staff certainly was not going to get in the way of the surgeons.

I also learned to hold on to a pair of reading glasses, no matter what I was allowed to wear into the operating room. They were shoving paperwork under my nose for signature right up until the nurse pressed the plunger on the propofol syringe. Or, for all I can remember, maybe even after that.
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Hey, a good drywall guy is worth his weight in gold. I know because I had the uncontested Wizard of Paint and Drywall at my house five years ago. His name is Floyd and he did wonders with my old house.

Right now I have a similar band of licensed electricians at my old house. Like your drywallers, they are happy folks today.
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