Emergency Appendectomy? Things Are Getting Grimmer!

This past Tuesday night around 6 pm it hit me. Horrendous pain in the right lower abdomen. I tried to lie down, didn’t help. Made it worse. I stood up, walked around, got some fresh air. Still so much pain. After about one hour I said something to The Sainted Patient Wife who was visiting her family that lives in the bamboo nipa hut in our front yard. She gave me some Advils. Didn’t work. Pain got worse. Finally, around 8 pm, I couldn’t take it anymore. Got my sandals on, and said to SPW that we have to go to the emergency room, and we Pump Boat to Iloilohave to go NOW! I’ve only been to the emergency once in my life before when someone almost totaled a small Dodge with their full-sized pick up. I was shaken and bruised, but otherwise OK.
Which emergency room?” she said. “Iloilo?”  “No! I won’t make it to Iloilo!” “Go to the one here in Guimaras !” We make the ten minute walk to the hospital, no tricycles in sight to get a ride, my gut is aching so bad I can hardly walk.  Get into the emergency room, and thank God, the doctor comes over and attends to me right away. Appendicitis probably or urinary infection, but he was strongly leaning towards appendicitis.
I have had no trouble urinating so it was strongly looking like appendicitis. A nurse gives SPW a specimen cup for me to pee in. The cup was so small that a one day old baby could not have peed in it. I miss most of the cup, and don’t have enough urine to fill it. Great! They want some more! My twin niece Michelle, who came along with my sister-in-law Alida, goes to purchase a liter of water. I down it. A nurse comes to prick my finger for a blood sample. My stomach is still in so much pain, that I have to admit, I cried a little. My niece and sister-in-law start crying. I quickly stop, ashamed of myself for being so weak and causing the others to cry. The Sainted Wife is trying to get me some pain medication, but the doctor says they cannot give me anything until they get the urine sample (which I haven’t given them yet.) The pain is killing me!
A surgeon comes to my gurney, and says he will accompany me on the pump boat ride to Iloilo City. Have to do an ultrasound on me there. He fears I will need an emergency appendectomy. The boats stop running at 7 pm, but he has arranged for one that is used for emergencies. The pain is so great, I honestly hope I can make it.  I’ll post more tomorrow. I have to rest for now. Thanks for all the comments.

Author: The Kano

POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO" aka "THE CRUSTY OLD EXPAT." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 18 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.

27 thoughts on “Emergency Appendectomy? Things Are Getting Grimmer!

  1. I can imagine the pain David.I went through that before and had had the ops.Get some rest and get well soon ya.Take care and God bless you my friend.

  2. How did you able to write this when you are in pain … does blogging a painkiller?

    Get well soon Dave…. hope to read more … chillax…

  3. Hi umihoney, thanks for the well wishes. I'm doing a lot better now, and I appreciate your comments as always. Thank you for your support.

  4. There are some times that it is nice to be in a big city with the surgeon immediately available!! I am sorry, Dave, the thought of having to get on a boat to get to an ultrasound isn't really funny but the way you write about it is! Years ago, when I had surgery for a left ovarian cyst, I told the doc to take out my appendix as well – he said it might mean I'd have an extra day in the hospital ( not sure why ). I told him to go ahead since I didn't ever want to have to come back for an appendectomy.

  5. WTF,r you doing dude!
    First off, don't worry about crying over pain. "Big boys don't cry…Big boys don't cry" is BS!

    Second of all how can u leave us hangin like this? How the hedoubletoothpick are you?

    My phone# is on mymy facebook profile. Use your computer phone thingamagiggy, and call me, OK?

    Peace, bro

  6. Hi Dave,
    Terrible to have so much pain.
    If it is appendicitis, lots of ice in a cotton bag on the spot will help for a while.
    I hope you get well soon.

  7. I'm gald you are okay Dave. But your suspense is causing me great pains. I guess I'll just wait till tomorrow.

    That's the cool thing about being a Kano, you get special treatment. A doctor accompanying you to Iloilo, nice. I hoped doc held your hand and whispered sweet nothing to your ears. 🙂

    EJ (Houston, Texas)

  8. Dave,
    I was sorry to hear this. I want you to know that when I read this I prayed for you. I'm pleased to know you are surrounded by a loving family that cares deeply for you. You can't be that much of a bonehead, right? You have a birthday coming up very soon. Now you have all the more reason to celebrate. Get plenty of rest and take care.

  9. Hi RNSANE. Thought I might as well try to keep my sense of humor as I wrote about the pump boat ride. In retrospect, it was kind of funny. You were probably smart having the doctor remove your appendix right away. I really do not want to have to go through that. Thanks for the visit!

  10. Hi Don. I just hate to cry in public. I'm old school, buddy. I'm doing fine now. Taking medication to reduce the size of the kidney stones and drinking lots of water. Thanks for the remarks, Don, and take care.

  11. Hi EJ, yep, you're right, it's not right, but I did get special treatment. As soon as I walked into our local emergency room, the nurses and the doctor were right there. Months ago my wife and sister-in-law took our 10 year old nephew that had a bad fever to the same emergency room. Took five hours to have someone look at him!

    Ha ha, well, the Doc didn't hold my hand, but he did converse with me all the way, nice guy. Thanks for your comments, EJ, take care.

  12. Hi Turkey, I do have a loving family, but I am still a Bonehead. Yep, another birthday, I was trying to keep that a secret. Going to be 58, an old man. Thanks for your comments and thanks for praying for me. I need it!

  13. "A nurse comes to prick my finger for a blood sample. My stomach is still in so much pain, that I have to admit, I cried a little." Awwwwwwww! I hope you get better soon. xoxo

  14. Wow! You donated a kidney, John J, that’s really amazing! I hope your sister is doing well. Sorry about the links to some of my older stories. When I imported my old blogs from Blogger, I haven’t taken the time to fix the links in multi-part stories yet. Glad you found the conclusion. I’ll have to check out your story, sounds interesting (and painful.)

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