Thursday, November 4, 2010

The ER

Yesterday evening around 5:00, Britney and I went to Walmart to pick up some dog food and another couple items. While I was walking around, I started to get a pain in my right lower abdomen. I didn't think much of it, continued shopping, got home to put a pizza in the oven and WHAM! The pain in my abdomen was so strong I had to stop what I was doing and catch my breath.

The pain came and went. If I sat down, or was still it felt better, but when I got up it felt like someone stabbing me. I have had pain on my left side before that I had decided was a cyst on my ovary, but when I went to the doctor in August, he couldn't find anything. But the pain last night was SO much stronger than anything I had felt before.

Of course I was online searching and of course, all symptoms pointed toward my appendix. I called Cathy to ask her what she thought. After the over the phone evaluation, she felt like it was my ovary and not my appendix. That eased my worries a bit, but the pain was strong and was getting worse. By 9:30 I felt like I needed to have it checked out. Mom came over to stay with Brit and Cody and Bobby and I headed to the ER. I have to say here that I DO NOT like going to the doctor for myself and for me to actually say "Let's go" should be a huge indication of how much it hurt.

We got to the ER just before 10:00 and saw the doctor around 10:30. We went over the info that I had already gone over twice with two other nurses, then he started applying pressure to my stomach and lower abdomen. He lightly pushed just over my appendix. HOLY SHIT that hurt! He said the symptoms didn't add up to only one was either my appendix, kidney stones, or an ovarian cyst. We got the impression he was leaning toward taking my appendix out. I've never been put under before and started to get quite nervous. They immediately hooked me up to an IV, took blood, and brought me two cups of that NASTY contrast stuff to drink for a CT scan. The nurse ate my arm up trying to get blood from the IV site and ended up have to stick me again to get blood. That is going to be a nice bruise. They gave me morphine in my IV and I immediately got nauseous and felt horrible. They gave me something else to counteract the morphine. She laughed and said "You're clearly not an addict"

I've never had a CT scan before. I had to take my pants off for a strange man. The scan itself wasn't bad thankfully and I was soon rolled back to my community ER room. About 30 minutes later, the doctor came in and said "You picked the best one!" I had a cyst rupture on my right ovary. I can't believe that's all it was. That was one of the most painful things I've ever experienced. He said that the CT scan showed a small cyst on there now, but that isn't what the pain was from. He also told me that the scan showed spots on my liver and to follow up with my doctor. I have that to worry about:(


  1. Bless your heart!! We will be praying that the spots were just a shadow and nothing more and that the cyst will not come back. Glad it was nothing that required surgery but make sure you do follow up with your doctor. Let us know if you need ANYTHING!!

  2. Wow! That was a total shock to read! Ack!
    The whole thing sounds horrible.
    Keep me posted! Let me know if you need anything.

  3. I can't believe you went through this and didn't call me!!! Or email. I am so sorry and you are in my prayers.

    Let me know if you need me in anyway! Love you.


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