Question: What’s your favorite Puffin flavor?
Question: Do you prefer AM or PM workouts?
— Life's a Bowl
I am a daughter, a fiance, a friend, an athlete, and a teacher… But lately, I have also been a nurse.
Let’s rewind to Thursday [aka Thanksgiving] night…
For Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of spending quality time with family and friends. We shared stories about recent adventures, we drank, we ate, and we celebrated- it was a blast! About an hour after dinner, my Dear started experiencing pain in his abdomen. He knew he didn’t stuff himself [we hadn't even had dessert yet], nor did he drink a lot… After we finished washing the dishes, the party reconvened in the family room and my Dear was still in pain. We continued sharing stories, watching football, ate some pumpkin pie [a la mode, obvi], and called it a night.
Friday morning I woke up before my Dear, I made myself some breakfast and scoped out some of the Black Friday deals. Throughout the week, my Dear expressed interest in buying a new TV [FYI: he bought a new 50 inch plasma TV a couple of months ago when he moved into the new apartment]. Since I didn’t have my eye on anything, but had the urge to experience Black Friday and see what all the hype was about, I woke my Dear up and told him that we were going shopping… Within 5 minutes he was dressed and ready, ha We ended up buying a beautiful, 60 inch plasma TV for the family room to replace the “old” 50 inch TV which got moved into our bedroom [and replaced the old-fashioned "tube"]!
After shopping we went home, and while my Dear unpacked the new TV, I made us some lunch. After finishing his sandwich, my Dear started experiencing pain similar to the night before- we began to worry and searched for “abdominal pain” online… After reading the likely causes, we knew he needed to see a doctor.
After spending almost 8 hours in the emergency room, blood tests, and a CT scan, the nurses informed us that my Dear’s pain was not from overeating at Thanksgiving dinner. His blood tests came back normal but his appendix was enlarged. Within a short period of time, my Dear was getting rolled back and prepped for laparoscopic surgery to remove his appendix. It all happened so fast. I guess it was a blessing that we didn’t have much time to dwell on having surgery, but it was overwhelming since it was so unexpected…
Within an hour, my Dear was out of surgery- the surgeon said all went well and that my Dear was very lucky to have had the surgery before his appendix ruptured. My momma and I met him in the recovery room before the nurses wheeled him upstairs to a private room where his dad was waiting. I ended up sleeping at the hospital [in the most uncomfortable pull-out "sofa" chair] because I couldn’t imagine leaving his side. No one got much sleep… When my Dear woke up the following morning, he was still in pain but not where his appendix used to be, but where the incisions are. The nurse gave him three conditions that had to be successfully completed before he could go home: to pee, to eat, and to walk. Although it wasn’t easy, all three tasks got completed and when the doctor came by to check in, he told my Dear that he could go home- yay!
The past couple of days, I’ve been”Nurse Allison” I’ve been trying to do everything for my Dear to ensure that he has a quick and painless [as possible] recovery… I’ve been making him meals and snacks, we’ve been going for walks, helping him reach things since he can’t bend at the waist, and making sure that the apartment is clean, as well as starting to decorate for my favorite time of the year! I took yesterday off from work but I’m back in school today… It’s been difficult for my Dear not being able to do much by himself, but as I keep telling him, I’d do anything and everything for him, always and forever <3
After we got home on Saturday, I did some research and I thought I’d share some appendix facts from WebMD with y’all:
*REMEMBER: Always listen to your abdomen!*
“There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.”
~ John Connolly
Question: Do you still have your appendix?
Question: Suggest some fun activities [that don't require much movement]to keep my Dear occupied… I think he’s bored watching hours of TV and movies :/
— Life's a Bowl
I am not a doctor, nor a nurse. I am not a personal trainer, nor a therapist. I am simply a girl who enjoys sharing her adventures, personal preferences, and experiences with those who choose to read LAB. Please remember that it is important to consult a certified professional before making any health related decisions.