Friday, May 14, 2010

The death of an appendix. Part V

Whew. Here it is, the conclusion to this story. We were beginning to get Homeric here.

If you are keeping track:

Friday, into the hospital and diagnosed
Saturday, still in the hospital, being treated {awesome birthday party canceled} restricted diet, no food or water.


Austin got cleared for a clear liquids diet! Yay! This was a step in the right direction. He had some more visitors,  and then I brought him Egg Drop Soup from Kin's Wok {the best you-can-only-pay-with-cash Chinese food in Norfolk}.

While I was waiting there, for his soup and my delicious Sesame Chicken, {I certainly wasn't on a restricted diet!} I started wondering why all of these people were willing to come to one of the only places left in Hampton roads where you cannot use your card. What makes this place so dang good?

On cue, one of the workers brought out this bowl to the front:

That, my friends, is a huge bowl of garlic cloves. 
And now we all understand.


Monday was a see-saw of emotions. This is how it went:

Austin: "I may get out today!"
Me: "Yay!"

Austin calls back: "Sooo, maybe not"
Me: "Boo, I will be there in 5"

And that pretty much went on all day while we sat on his bed and watched movies on the portable DVD player our friends brought for Austin to have {thanks friends!}.

Overall it was an ok day, we explored the hospital, Austin was allowed to eat, and I got to sit next to a smelly man {read: Austin} who hadn't showered since Friday {seriously gross} and watch movies.

At around 6, he was finally released from the hospital! By the time we got out of there it was about 8 and we were so ready to be home.

So, that's it! That's the story!

Austin was on a  two week course of a couple different kinds of antibiotics that just finished and will go in on Tuesday to schedule, hopefully, a simple surgery to remove the little flap of tissue that used to be his appendix.

Oh, yeah, and did I mention that he gets to have his first ever colonoscopy to go with it???? What a prize! They have to make sure that the infection didn't invade other surrounding areas, like his colon.

So here is the lesson folks:

When your wife and everyone else in your life including your boss, your mom {who is a nurse}, a good friend's wife {also a nurse}, tell you to go to the hospital - don't go!

You too could win a 4 day stay in the hospital with nothing to eat or drink, a two week round of antibiotics that you cannot drink alcohol with, a colonoscopy and a surgery to boot. 

What a prize package.


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