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    That sucks. I hope you recover quickly.

    As for me, I have been thinking about taking a short trip down to Orlando, but for no that is on hold.
    You realize the odds of that happening is like the same as getting mauled by a polar bear, and a regular bear on the same day.

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    Its a feeling I hope nobody here ever has to come across. If you have severe abdominal pain without any significant signs of pulled abdominal muscles, get seen immediately.

    I was able to get in before it ruptured, increasing my chances of an easy surgery and recovery window. Laproscopic surgery is preferred which is what they were able to perform(four smaller incisions versus the whole abdominal slice) which made my recovery all the more quick. I was walking by the day after surgery, and out of the hospital just two days later. There was also a large chance my size could have prevented my surgery from going over so well.....to that I say, stay small to average size. Being larger than life isn't worth the risk.

    But it is worth the recovery. If I were a smaller individual, I doubt I could have recovered the trauma so very quickly. Doc asks for 4 laps, I do 6. Doc asks for X, I give them X + every single time. Its the single hardest thing I've ever been through. To feel so useless, when you're used to being so much larger than life. I'm happy my kids did not have to witness this, or at the very least, they won't see me THIS useless.

    I've been nothing less than a rock to all those around me for as long as I can remember. To go from that to this...its humbling.

    I have more to follow. I have a urology follow-up due to blood in urine and a mole on back will be biopsied for cancer(very very likely negative), but for the most part the worst if behind me.

    The positive in all of this? It didn't happen mid-trip to Alabama. That could have been awful for me on more than several fronts.

    Now? Getting better every day. The next stage in my life will be some sort of weight control surgery. I'm understanding that insurance will cover this surgery these days. Knowing that, I may go both feet forward on that one, as normal loss has proven itself to be less than dependable. Who knows, maybe I can be smaller, better, faster, and stronger as a result.

    Faiz, hang in there. Both take time. It'll happen just about the time you give up.

    Chris, I was not that fortunate. It probably looked like a useless organ to collect as is.

    Nisha, sorry for the loss. Adjustment with driving is all about repetition. Keep at it, and you'll get infinitely more comfy with it. I was lucky to get the up-trend on recovery. Aimee had her appendix physically rupture, which she said took two months to recover from. I was lucky with only needing a few days....it just so happened a few days ruined my trip home.

    Mynameis, dude sometimes nothing at all is the best kind of thing.

    Shredder, break a leg. I hope the same good fortune for you as Dozen. Oftentimes its a tough decision that leads us to greener pastures and better things. Good luck!

    Jacob, I hope things work out.

    Sean, Congrats dude! I read about on Facebook a little. Amazing shit dude. REALLY pulling for success for you.

    Burn, Try every chance you can get to go away from your usual place. You never know when shit like this comes up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the4thnobleman View Post
    I've been nothing less than a rock to all those around me for as long as I can remember. To go from that to this...its humbling.
    I know that feeling.
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    Agreed, it definitely sucks.

    Very glad to hear you doing so well in such a short time, however. Just be careful if you get a large mass reduction via surgery, as I don't think the body is made to have such drastic changes in weight take place without potential issues. Plus, I've heard it hurts like a bitch for a while, as well.

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    Laparoscopy. My wife is going in for an exploratory laparoscopy later this month. Got four birthdays next week (mom, daughter, wife, father-in-law). Then it is of to the National Guard two weeks of training on Saturday. South Carolina in July is not the time to be doing anything outside.

    This whole month sucks.

    Glad to see the recovery is going quickly Steve. Anything I should consider to help my wife later this month?
    "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sly View Post
    Laparoscopy. My wife is going in for an exploratory laparoscopy later this month. Got four birthdays next week (mom, daughter, wife, father-in-law). Then it is of to the National Guard two weeks of training on Saturday. South Carolina in July is not the time to be doing anything outside.

    This whole month sucks.

    Thanks for that correction. I had an itch saying it was wrong. Weird word in general.

    My advice is to get up and moving ASAP. The more you do it early-on, the easier it is to get over the recovery hump. You lose nearly all your core strength immediately following. Your abs are wrecked. They don't know what to do. Its up to you to will them back into how to act. If you're even remotely average in size and muscle mass, it should be immediately easier. My flab had a lot to do with my current pain levels. Just be there to offer a hand to balance. I'd have appreciated knowing someone was big enough to do that for me.
    Glad to see the recovery is going quickly Steve. Anything I should consider to help my wife later this month?

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    I missed this whole thread until today. It just got buried under the recent comments. I only discovered it looking for the Free Games thread so I could give a game away.

    Sorry to hear about that ordeal, it sounds awful, but as you noticed the bright side is at least you didn't go through this later on vacation.

    This really puts things into perspective. I'm glad your kids didn't get to see you in such a weakened state. Did you get any clues regarding your diet, like did the Docs say what triggered this Appendix issue, or what it a ticking genetic time bomb situation and your Appendix was just going to burst no matter what?

    It would be nice to know any preventative measures whether it's exercise related or dietary. I hope for a speedy recovery and thanks for sharing this with us. I know it got me thinking.

    My summer has been ho-hum. Some good things happened, but I'm not going to brag about them in your surgery thread lol. That's bad juju. Have a good one.

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    At current, it isnt hereditary or dietary in nature at all. Its become a useless organ version of a spoiled brat. It will turn and infect without much notice. There are a handful of things out there that recommend keeping fiber intake high to prevent, but ultimately "it just happens" is its most common cause.

    If they're able to get it via laproscopy believe me when I tell ya this is the preferred method of removal. Aimee had hers burst and they had to split her open the hard way.

    Warning signs? Acute abdominal pain, followed by vomiting, then fever. Next? Death. For me, it was just a tightness in the abs like I did too many situps or strained something. I felt gassy and constipated which is what Aimee and I both figured was happening. I took several softeners with no change in activity after several hours. THATS when I went to doc and promptly the ER. Its the number one cause of acute abdominal pain in hospitals around the world. It's also deadly....if this were 1965, my end would have been 32 years of age.

    I shoulda played the lottery with this sort of luck!

    Update: Pain is nearly gone. Slight pain at points of incisions, but tiredness and such are all nearly gone. 95% recovered in my own eyes. Dr appointments Tuesday and Wednesday for other follow up issues.

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    Great news on the speedy recovery!

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