Monday, September 23, 2013

No Surgery? Sounds a bit "squirrelly"...

About one month ago I was SICK, SICK, SICK!
I was so sick that I didn't feel like getting out of bed.

At first I just thought I had a bad case of the flu,
but when I became extremely nauseous, was "throwing up", chilling, fever,
and had developed extreme pain in the right lower quadrant of my abdomen,
I became suspicious of appendicitis.
My husband insisted on taking me to the doctor's office.
After ordering a CT scan, my family doctor gave me the choice
 of going home on antibiotics or being admitted to the hospital.
I didn't live far from the hospital, so decided to go home.

As a registered nurse, I felt I was pretty familiar
 with the symptoms of appendicitis,
but looked them up to refresh my memory.
Yep!  I had about every one of them!
To see what they are, click HERE to take you to WebMD.

When my symptoms were slightly improved,
but not gone after six days of antibiotic therapy,
my family doctor referred me to a surgeon.
Now, here was the surprise to me - No surgery recommended!
The surgeon changed my antibiotics, 
and stated that appendicitis cases were often treated this way
instead of the standard "appendectomy" that had been done for years!
He stated that European countries had been doing this treatment
successfully for many years.

He didn't send me home without instructing me to contact him
immediately if the pain worsened, if I started throwing up again,
or if I began vomiting again.

He also said,
"I'm not telling you that you have appendicitis,
but I'm certainly not telling you that you don't!"

We have a saying in the south when something sounds unusual,
unbelievable, or possibly outlandish,
we say it sounds "squirrelly"!

So, I went to the "web" and looked up information to verify this.
In one study, to my surprise I found that 88% of patients treated with antibiotics
recovered without any problems!
(Click on the highlighted letters to see that link.)

Although I had some problems with the side-effects of the antibiotics,
one month later, I seem to have had a full recovery.
Thank you, Jesus!

like these birds appear to be sharing,
I thought I'd share this information with you!

To see my latest Name of God on Rocks post,
click HERE or for one of my related posts on healing, click HERE!

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where we all get to show off our bird photography.


Pamela said...

Awesome! News to me, tooo

pattisjarrett said...

I've not heard of antibiotic treatment for it, but thankful you didn't require surgery!

EG CameraGirl said...

WoW! I had no idea antibiotics often worked for appendicitis! I had my appendix removed many years ago.

Dominique Abram said...

Hello, I've just found your blog while visiting our friend Crystal on FB. This is interesting! I never knew about it! Have a blessed week x

Alice said...

glad you're feeling better, sis... and still have your appendix. I had mine for a long time . . . in a little sealed bottle with some type of liquid! I was about 8, and the surgeon thought I'd like to keep them...

Betty Luckhurst said...

I had never heard of this treatment, either! The things we learn! Glad you're better.

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I thought you went straight to the knife if your appendix acted up! Good to know there's another way! Hope you continue to do well :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I had no idea that appendicitis could be treated with antibiotics. modern medicine is amazing... said...

Good news that you are better and that the medical world is not 'jumping' so quickly to do surgery' ~ love the bird photos ~ carol ^_^

Granny-Guru said...

Thanks for this update on the treatment of appendicitis. My brother had it when I was young and my parents, not quick to alarm, eventually took him to the doctor in the middle of the night he was in such pain. He had an appendectomy right away. The doctor said he was hours away from having it burst and possibly dying. Glad to hear of your good outcome.

edenhills said...

Wow! That is great! I'm so glad you've recovered and didn't have to go through a surgery.

Pam Beers. said...

I'm really glad you're on the mend. Surgery should always be a last resort. I like your doctor.

Pam said...

First time I've heard this. Amazing!

Tracy Cook said...

Glad all is well

Along These Lines ... said...

I tried to find some information about this in my medical book. But I was looking in the wrong section. It was in the appendix.

fredamans said...

Glad to hear it was caught quick and treated without surgery!

Splendid Little Stars said...

really?! wow! That's good to know! so glad you've recovered!!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Oh! It is so good to hear that you are doing better! And I agree with many here, that I had not heard of addressing that without surgery.

Blessings & Aloha!

Jenny said...

That sounds like it was a scary experience for you...

I like the term "squirrelly"... I might have to steal it from you... (((winkwink)))

Spectacular post for the letter "S"!

Thanks for linking.