November 07, 2011

Surgery due to Appendicitis

After lots of tests, finally doctors identified the cause of pain my mother in law has been experiencing for the past weeks. They mentioned about blockage and the need for surgery due to appendicitis and thank God no cancer has been suspected but still she needs to stay in the hospital for a week to check if her condition gets better otherwise further tests shall be done. I'm not that familiar with medical terms so I can't relate with what my hubby, his sister and the doctor were discussing with regards to what happened to my mother in law. We are hoping and praying for her immediate recovery. For reference, I thought of extracting from WebMd  information about appendicitis. It's an inflamation of the the appendix, a 3 1/2-inch-long tube of tissue that extends from the large intestine. Appendicitis is a medical emergency that requires prompt surgery to remove the appendix. Left untreated, an inflamed appendix will eventually burst, or perforate, spilling infectious materials into the abdominal cavity. This can lead to peritonitis, a serious inflammation of the abdominal cavity's lining (the peritoneum) that can be fatal unless it is treated quickly with strong antibiotics. Appendicitis occurs when the appendix becomes blocked, often by stool, a foreign body, or cancer. Blockage may also occur from infection, since the appendix swells in response to any infection in the body. It tells about the cause of the blockage and the one that made us all worried was due to cancer and as what I mentioned, we thank GOD that it's not and hopefully it's final. Being in the hospital made me emotional, I realized lots of things and one of them was health is wealth. No matter how rich you are, if you're sick especially due to terminal illness, you're willing to let go of your fortune in exchange for your wellness. Another instance that broke my heart in sadness was seeing a very old man, could hardly straighten his body pushing the housekeeping cart. I feel sorry for this old man that he needed to work more in order to live or support his family. I mentioned this to hubby because he noticed that I was drying my eyes from tears, he said, 'that's life in USA, retiring is very expensive, maybe the very old man can't afford to retire yet that's why he's enduring the pain in order to live. It's so sad! In my culture, when our parents get older, they are supported by their children and other relatives. They don't need to work more and most of the employers there sets age limits for their employees. I can't work in the hospital, I'm too emotional, I pity people in pain, I get sentimental and will always remember my parents who are very far away from me. I pray to GOD that all those people suffering in pain, physically and financially be healed.

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