The Season Finale of the Appendix Saga

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What began as a normal day in late July quickly turned into one of the roughest seasons of my life. I had no idea I would still be dealing with it three months later, but at last the end is in sight. Tomorrow, November 1st, I’m finally getting my appendix removed, so I can close this chapter for good and get on with life.

I made the timeline above to graph my progress on the Awesome scale at key moments along the way. If you’re curious you can find the full story here. Continue reading

Medical Update: Two Surgeries are Better Than One

In a nutshell, my appendix ruptured in late July. Rather than operating immediately they pumped me full of antibiotics, and told me to come back for surgery in several weeks once I felt strong and healthy again. That’s the simplified version anyway; you can find theĀ full story here.

Last week I had a consultation with the surgeon to setup a date for surgery. Turns out I have a hernia that needs to be repaired before they remove my appendix. So now I need to have two surgeries before I’m back to normal. Awesome.

Both operations will be done laparoscopically which means it’s a couple small incisions as opposed to cutting me wide open. The surgery should take less than an hour, and the typical recovery time is 3-4 days. There aren’t any dietary restrictions after the procedure, so don’t get your hopes up about more tales of ice chips and jello.

For a number of reasons I decided to have the operations done in DC rather than New York. The first surgery will be today at 2:00 o’clock, and I would be grateful for your prayers. I’ll spend the weekend in DC before returning to NY. The second surgery is scheduled for early November.

Hopefully I can knock out a few good books and blog posts in the next couple weeks. I’ll be back in action soon enough! =)