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Old 02-20-2012, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so I had a bad bout of appendicitis. This is what I posted in the Mod Cave on Friday:

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I don't feel like posting this all over the public boards for everyone to know (because they don't need to know this), so I'm just telling you guys for now. I had sudden-onset acute appendicitis (according to the doctor).

Last night I woke up in the middle of the night with nausea and abdominal pain. I'll spare you some details here, but I just ignored it and went back to bed. I attributed the pain to the fact that I was at the gym yesterday morning. When I woke up again in the morning I rolled out of bed in extreme pain so I called 911. Ambulance took me to the hospital and they did a quick ultrasound in the ER, told me my appendix had ruptured (this is bad) and I went into surgery right away. It hurt so much - they kept pressing on it and doing all kinds of other ****, and they made me measure my pain on one of those stupid, inaccurate pain charts. One that looks like this:



As you can see, there is no description for "IT HURTS SO ****ING BADLY THAT I WANT TO ****ING DIE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!"

I know they took out everything including some surrounding tissue that was infected because I have a big-ass incision that's about 3 inches long on my lower right abdomen. Just another scar that will be added to my permanent record lol. I'm in a regular post-surgery patient room now, and it's a private room which makes me happy, because my dad's work insurance pays for most of it. Dad is just paying $20 a day rather than $220 a day. Yeah, we get free health care here, but you have to pay for all the luxuries, like the private room, cable TV, WiFi (which I'm obviously getting as well). Stuff like that.

I'm on a liquid diet right now and will be for the next 24 hours. 12 hours if everything is going well. So it's just water, broth, black tea and coffee (which is disgusting by the way, but I'm allowed to put a bit of sugar in it), juice, jello. I can't eat solid food just yet because they have to let my insides heal before I can digest anything properly, if you know what I mean LOL.

I'm on a morphine drip right now which is like my best friend. I can administer the meds myself whenever I feel the onset of pain. It is impossible to overdose because the machine locks you out after you press it so many times. I think I'm allowed to press it 6 times per hour.

Like I said, I'm getting Internet in here. My boyfriend brought my computer for me and got the password from them. So I'll probably be online when I'm bored (at night) and when they're not having me up and walking around. That starts tomorrow and I can barely move in the bed so it's going to be an adventure and a half to get out of it and walk two steps.

My projected hospital stay is 5 days because the appendix actually ruptured. If that hadn't happened, they say it's only 1 or 2 days in hospital. Luckily I have this week off of school, so I'm not missing any class right now, and I can get my assignments done here. On the other hand, that sucks because I'm spending my week off in the hospital. I guess it's better that way though, because then I'm not worried about school which would cause me unnecessary stress.

So that's what's up. Don't worry about me, I'll be fine. The nurses are really nice (many of them are not that much older than me). And my surgeon is really hot and he's not that much older than me either (I'll say that here and not in front of my boyfriend). I'm betting he's only been out of med school for a couple of years.

TL;DR: I'm sick. In the hospital. Lots of pain. Appendicitis. 3 inch scar. High on morphine. I have laptop with Internet.

Peace.
It looks like I won't be getting out until Friday, Feb 24th at the earliest now. I had some problems yesterday that they have to monitor now for a few days. I'm no longer on morphine which is great - it was giving me nightmares. Now I'm on pills - Vicodin and something else.

I'm bored as fuck. I have a private room with a TV and Internet access (obviously), I have my laptop, iPhone (with music on it of course), some movies and TV shows, magazines, newspapers, and a couple of books. I also have some homework to do for school. But as someone with a fairly short attention span, I get bored really fast.

I had some pretty major surgery done. Because my appendix ruptured, they had to go right in there and remove some other stuff and move shit around. I'm still on that damn liquid diet, although they are starting to feed me ice cream and milk because my doctor said it was okay. I can get up and walk around (they highly encourage that), but if I want to go farther than the hall that my room is in, they make me use a wheelchair so I don't rip my stitches open. Plus I get tired really fast. That's fine, at least I can get out of bed and go places. I'm hooked up to an IV machine so I have to roll that around everywhere I go.

I'm in a private room and I can pretty much do what I want. The problem is, I've run out of ideas on stuff to do while I'm here. My parents, boyfriend, and friends come to visit me but when they're gone, time passes so slowly...

I just want to have a little fun in the hospital and not get into trouble at the same time. Any suggestions?
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Turn off some life support machines.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Drink some tomato juice, spit it out and make them feel like Dr. House.
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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TV Tropes is a great website for the more geeky of us. Just look up your favorite book, television show, movie, band... whatever, really... and then read. And click links. And read some more. And click more. And get lost in it for over an hour.

If you like webcomics, go on an archive binge. Go to the first page and move on from there. I recommend The Order Of The Stick (DnD humor), pvpcomics.com (general geekiness humor), Multiplex (comic about the employees of a movie theater), Shortpacked! (comic about employees of a toy store), and anything else by the Shortpacked guy. He has links to all his other work on the website. You can also go to their "webcomics" section and find a HUGE list of webcomics in many different categories. Look around for one that fits your tastes.

Cracked.com if you're interested in juvenile humorous articles and lots of Top 10 lists. Not usually "funny" per se, but there are some exceptions. Good way to waste time.

StumbleUpon is excellent. Make a free account, enter in your personal tastes in the category list (which is enormous) and start "stumbling" to websites. Really good way to find... anything, really. I've used it to find humor websites, comics, videos, new music... very useful.

Hope that helps. Get better!
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I don't have any suggestions, but I hope you feel better and recover quickly!
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You could do some retro gaming. How about checking out The Curse of Monkey Island or Monkey Island 2 : LeChuck's Revenge?



You can run them both on a windows computer using the program scummvm. ScummVM also lets you play lots of other classic adventure games. Let me know what you think and I could probably help you find those game files you'd need. We're only talking a few MB per game.

Lemme know what you think!
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm quoting you all in one post here.

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Turn off some life support machines.
I don't want to become a murderer! That's pretty damn funny though and would be pretty fun if it wasn't extremely immoral and unethical.

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Relax and rebuild -- it'll all be there for you when you come out. Peace.
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Drink some tomato juice, spit it out and make them feel like Dr. House.
I would love to have House as my doctor. Bad bedside manner but he's incredibly intelligent. I'm the one taking the Vicodin though!

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TV Tropes is a great website for the more geeky of us. Just look up your favorite book, television show, movie, band... whatever, really... and then read. And click links. And read some more. And click more. And get lost in it for over an hour.

If you like webcomics, go on an archive binge. Go to the first page and move on from there. I recommend The Order Of The Stick (DnD humor), pvpcomics.com (general geekiness humor), Multiplex (comic about the employees of a movie theater), Shortpacked! (comic about employees of a toy store), and anything else by the Shortpacked guy. He has links to all his other work on the website. You can also go to their "webcomics" section and find a HUGE list of webcomics in many different categories. Look around for one that fits your tastes.

Cracked.com if you're interested in juvenile humorous articles and lots of Top 10 lists. Not usually "funny" per se, but there are some exceptions. Good way to waste time.

StumbleUpon is excellent. Make a free account, enter in your personal tastes in the category list (which is enormous) and start "stumbling" to websites. Really good way to find... anything, really. I've used it to find humor websites, comics, videos, new music... very useful.

Hope that helps. Get better!
Oh you're a lifesaver, thank you so much. I can get lost on cracked.com!

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You can run them both on a windows computer using the program scummvm. ScummVM also lets you play lots of other classic adventure games. Let me know what you think and I could probably help you find those game files you'd need. We're only talking a few MB per game.

Lemme know what you think!
My computer is Windows 7 64 bit, so I don't see a problem. I'll check it out! Thanks tore
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My computer is Windows 7 64 bit, so I don't see a problem. I'll check it out! Thanks tore
Let me know if you need any help And of course - my best wishes to you and good luck with a speedy recovery!
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first and foremost....i wish you a speedy recovery

i know exactly what you're going through....i spent over a month in the hospital and had a very similar procedure.....

actually reading your description is almost verbatim what i went through....except they forced me to walk daily....but i was not allowed to leave the hallway ....it is seriously rough....i had family and at times friends would come by but time seems to just stop....or at least slooooooow down.....i actually think that the drugs are not just for pain but also to help you to keep your own sanity

the liquid diet is horrible....but it sounds like you are on the mend to that WONDERFUL hospital food .....its good to hear that they are giving you pills vs an iv drip....this means your system is strong enough to digest

i suppose my suggestion to you.....having been exactly where you are....is to relax, sleep, heal....the quicker you do these the sooner you're out and back to life

sorry i don't have any better suggestions.....but in your situation there really is not much else you can do
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The same idea as Cracked.com, Flavorwire is also pretty great.
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