Be warned that the images below may not be for the faint at heart. I know they were extremely gross for me but it is information that I think should be passed along.
My Brother In Law for the last 25 years almost died this week. It is an odd thing to even think about as we just had a family filled weekend last weekend and all seemed okay. I thought to myself on Saturday night, and even Sunday Morning something seemed off. I couldn’t really put a finger on it, but I felt something wasn’t right as we were all sitting together at dinner and then breakfast the next morning.
On Monday I started getting texts from my sister. She was on her way to take BIL to Urgent care because he was in such severe pain. After extracting more information, they (my sister and him) thought maybe stomach flu but not certain. A while in Urgent Care he was directed straight to the hospital with orders, and they had called in prior to their arrival. He had appendicitis. The hospital did their due diligence to get him into a doctor ASAP and judging from whatever tests they performed etc they decided an immediate Laproscopy was needed. This was about noon now. About 4 hours later he emerged from the operating room and apparently his appendix not only had ruptured but it had infected part of his Large intestine and Small intestine. And peritonitis was evident.
I am only sharing this news because I know my sister and brother-in-law were hesitant to go see a doctor. Well mostly my BIL, he started a new job a few months ago after several years of looking. They were on the verge of getting caught up financially and he was waiting for his medical insurance to kick in. So being the strong trooper he was, he thought he could live through the pain and feel better in short order. Well if he had waited even a few more hours, he would not be here as I type this out. I can’t even imagine. Even now he is still hospitalized, no water, no food and full of antibiotics, pain medication and monitors attached everywhere. He has no idea what really has happened except he had his appendix out. Maybe someday, in short order, he will go back and read this and pass it on to someone else.
So I only know very little about medicine…all from study on the web-circuit or from my operations etc.. But I have learned that your appendix is a very small organ that can cause a whole lot of damage if you do not treat it immediately.
Taken from Wikipedia…
Appendicitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the appendix. It is classified as a medical emergency and many cases require removal of the inflamed appendix, either by laparotomy or laparoscopy. Untreated, mortality is high, mainly because of the risk of rupture leading to peritonitis and shock. Reginald Fitz first described acute and chronic appendicitis in 1886, and it has been recognized as one of the most common causes of severe acute abdominal pain worldwide. A correctly diagnosed non-acute form of appendicitis is known as “rumbling appendicitis“.
Peritonitis is an inflammation of the peritoneum, the serous membrane that lines part of the abdominal cavity and viscera. Peritonitis may be localised or generalised, and may result from infection (often due to rupture of a hollow organ as may occur in abdominal trauma or appendicitis) or from a non-infectious process.
So please say a prayer for my BIL tonight and all those who maybe fearful of doctors, hospitals or bills resulting in lack of work, lack of insurance etc. Hopefully they have a spouse or significant other that will be the wiser to get them in to get checked out before it is fatal.