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Well, we're back from our Hawaii vacation — we got back a week ago, to be exact — and it was beautiful. With some regret and apology, I want to leave details about that for another time.

The vacation was fine, wonderful even; on getting home, however, things took a different turn. After a day or so, I started to feel some discomfort in the abdomen. I thought I must have picked up a stomach virus in Hawaii, which seemed to be confirmed by developing a fever. I went on this way until mid-week, when I began to suspect that it might be appendicitis. The symptoms weren't quite the same as the ones you usually hear about, and I guess that sort of gave me an excuse to be in denial about it. After three days, though, I became worried and called my HMO's advice line.

The advice nurse told me the symptoms I was having were a little ambiguous, and that I ought to go in and see my doctor to get a firm diagnosis. I did, and to make a long story short, a CT scan revealed that it was indeed appendicitis.

So, the night before last, they did a laparoscopic appendectomy, the least invasive procedure they could do. They held me for a day afterwards, to make sure I was on the road to recovery. The surgery was pretty straightforward: the appendix was inflamed, but hadn't burst.

I had never had any type of surgery before. You can imagine that I approached the experience with a certain degree of apprehension. I've got to say that the staff at the hospital were all excellent and very supportive. They had to tell me all the horror stories of what could happen if things went badly, of course, but they also reassured me that my case seemed to be more routine. Fortunately, I'm in pretty good shape for a dude my age (or so the doctors said) and I seem to have made it through fairly well.

So now I'm home, on pain meds. That should explain if anything seems weird about my writing. Just in case, I'm going to be brief today, and leave the Hawaii stories and pictures for later.

My experience of Basenotes has always been one of wonderful support and caring, so I just want to thank you all in advance for any expressions of support and any good wishes. Hang on; the next blog post should be a lot more fun!

Updated 18th June 2011 at 05:17 PM by JaimeB

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  1. Descartes's Avatar
    Get Well Soon and I wish you a quick recovery. Looking fordward to hear everything about your Hawaiian vacation.XXXXX
  2. Twolf's Avatar
    Gosh.... Get well soon. Let you hubby shower you with attention and support. Smell and wear something you adore to make you feel like a King.

    AK
  3. shadesofbleu's Avatar
    oh no, Jaime! That is NOT the way to extend your vacation for a few days!

    I hope you feel better soon! Looking forward to hearing all about Hawaii and seeing the pictures!
  4. grannypanties's Avatar
    Hey Jaime, get better! This is Odious Toilet, I can't log on for some reason and I can't get a hold of anyone at B'notes.

    Well, if you're going to be all "medicated" and in bed good time to look over some old scents in your closet you have not used in a long time and "sample" them again.

    Or you can do the old two-scents-on-two-wrists comparisons just for the heck of it!

    I hope you brought us all back some macedamia treats!!
  5. grannypanties's Avatar
    Hey Jaime, get better! This is Odious Toilet, I can't log on for some reason and I can't get a hold of anyone at B'notes.

    Well, if you're going to be all "medicated" and in bed good time to look over some old scents in your closet you have not used in a long time and "sample" them again.

    Or you can do the old two-scents-on-two-wrists comparisons just for the heck of it!

    I hope you brought us all back some macedamia treats!!
  6. grannypanties's Avatar
    Hey Jaime, get better! This is Odious Toilet, I can't log on for some reason and I can't get a hold of anyone at B'notes.

    Well, if you're going to be all "medicated" and in bed good time to look over some old scents in your closet you have not used in a long time and "sample" them again.

    Or you can do the old two-scents-on-two-wrists comparisons just for the heck of it!

    I hope you brought us all back some macedamia treats!!
  7. grannypanties's Avatar
    Hey Jaime, get better! This is Odious Toilet, I can't log on for some reason and I can't get a hold of anyone at B'notes.

    Well, if you're going to be all "medicated" and in bed good time to look over some old scents in your closet you have not used in a long time and "sample" them again.

    Or you can do the old two-scents-on-two-wrists comparisons just for the heck of it!

    I hope you brought us all back some macedamia treats!!
  8. grannypanties's Avatar
    Hey Jaime, get better! This is Odious Toilet, I can't log on for some reason and I can't get a hold of anyone at B'notes.

    Well, if you're going to be all "medicated" and in bed good time to look over some old scents in your closet you have not used in a long time and "sample" them again.

    Or you can do the old two-scents-on-two-wrists comparisons just for the heck of it!

    I hope you brought us all back some macedamia treats!!
  9. grannypanties's Avatar
    Hey Jaime, get better! This is Odious Toilet, I can't log on for some reason and I can't get a hold of anyone at B'notes.

    Well, if you're going to be all "medicated" and in bed good time to look over some old scents in your closet you have not used in a long time and "sample" them again.

    Or you can do the old two-scents-on-two-wrists comparisons just for the heck of it!

    I hope you brought us all back some macedamia treats!!
  10. grannypanties's Avatar
    Hey Jaime, get better! This is Odious Toilet, I can't log on for some reason and I can't get a hold of anyone at B'notes.

    Well, if you're going to be all "medicated" and in bed good time to look over some old scents in your closet you have not used in a long time and "sample" them again.

    Or you can do the old two-scents-on-two-wrists comparisons just for the heck of it!

    I hope you brought us all back some macedamia treats!!
  11. grannypanties's Avatar
    Hey Jaime, get better! This is Odious Toilet, I can't log on for some reason and I can't get a hold of anyone at B'notes.

    Well, if you're going to be all "medicated" and in bed good time to look over some old scents in your closet you have not used in a long time and "sample" them again.

    Or you can do the old two-scents-on-two-wrists comparisons just for the heck of it!

    I hope you brought us all back some macedamia treats!!
  12. 30 Roses's Avatar
    Oh my, get better soon! Thank goodness it didn't happen while you were in Hawaii.
  13. Primrose's Avatar
    Jaime, do get well. This is just a speedbump, and you will be hale in no time.

    Take it easy and look forward to time when you will be whole and ready to join us again.

    Hugs...
  14. Mario Justiniani's Avatar
    Hey, Jaime. My first She Who Must be Obeyed assured me all doctors were crooks and I was a wimpy hypochondriac, so being very bright I naturally took her word as gospel and ignored my symptoms.

    What's worse than the pain of an appendix rupturing in front? The insidious & not so painful (but quite weakening) rupture on the little sucker's rear.

    Long story short: 3 weeks and four days post operative stay in the hospital with a drainage tube and a guilty girlfriend.

    According to those crooked MD's I could have been in and out in one day.

    Glad you weren't as " bright " as me and took good care of yourself.

    Get well soon

    Cheers!
  15. David Ruskin's Avatar
    Take care and get well soon. Best regards.
  16. teardrop's Avatar
    Thank goodness you caught it in time, Jaime! Take it easy for now, l wish you a speedy recovery & look forward to hearing all about your adventures, just as soon as you feel up to it. Gentle hugs!
  17. Renaissance_Man's Avatar
    Get well soon Jaime! Good to have you back.
  18. Fleurine's Avatar
    Oh no! Glad to hear your surgery went well, and the hospital was supportive. Hope you are catching up on your television reruns! Looking forward to your updates!
  19. Bossa Nova's Avatar
    Jaime, I'm glad you are recovery well. Take good care of yourself, amigo.
  20. loungeboy's Avatar
    Ouch! Sorry to hear of your troubles. Get well soon.
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