Cling to this image of a flowering plum tree - its importance will become apparent as I type. :)
Where have I been this week? For those of you who do not care for visceral detail of the health-related variety, you might want to scan or even skip this post (sadly). I have been in hospital.
I think I might have mentioned how much trouble I had been having with my stomach pains and nausea over the past two weeks -- well, the two weeks previous to my last post which is now a week behind in time, too. Last Saturday afternoon, I had so much pain and was throwing up so much, I decided to throw in the towel. I called my doctor's office (of course, it was after hours so I got their answering service) ... after two calls and an hour of abject misery wating, they called back and told me to go to the E.R.
A very long, very unpleasant story cut a bit short ... I came back this evening around 5:30 p.m., minus one gall bladder. :P What the heck is a gall bladder you ask? (warning: here comes the possibly icky)
I wish they had not made this image with green as the color choice ... but it is apt. I have no idea whether the real organ is green or not (grin), but the feeling generated by a mis-functioning one is worse than any unpleasant sea sickness tales you ever heard (or suffered), added to a pretty good dash of sharp, unremitting pain. :P
Took them the rest of Saturday and all day Sunday to do tests and ultrasounds and specialized scans and to decide that I was indeed having a gall bladder attack. Early Monday morning (sicker and sicker as I was - though, by that time, medicated which did help) I was in the operating room. Four incisions, laprascopic surgery, and Bob's Your Uncle (as the saying goes though I have NO idea what the heck the literal meaning really is:).
I have no idea how long all this took. One observation I did manage to retain is that when I am this sick (dangerously so), my sense of time changes. There is no past (except in a very distant cerebral way), no future - only the Endless Now. I generally have a pretty good grip on the passage of time in a daily sense (time of day, number of hours doing something, etc.) - but that all goes away when I'm really ill. I think very young children might be the same (or maybe their Past and Future is not yet developed).
I continued to be sick on Tuesday, Wednesday (nauseus, in pain) and I was starting to worry that the gall bladder might not be the only cause of my illness. I guess the doctors were, too, because they decided to change the antibiotics they were giving me (routine post-surgical pallative care). Turns out I am allergic to one of them. Whew! by this morning, I was feeling 100% better!
So, on the whole, February went by in a blur between being sick and sicker. :P On the 'up' side, when I walked out the front door of the hospital to come home this afternoon, there was a flowering plum tree in full glory in the parking lot. While I ailed, the world here in eastern Maryland has gone from late winter to early spring! :) The daffodils in my front yard were blooming when we pulled in. I am taking this as a positive omen.