Public service announcement: Your appendix in on the right side of your body. When my sister was trying to convince her husband that her pain was not serious anymore, when they were seconds away from the exit ramp to the hospital, she told him the appendix was on the left.
She desperately tried to back out of the hospital trip several times, but her husband, who had previously been looking forward to a nice dinner and date with his wife, wasn’t hearing it. He ignored her and took the exit to the hospital. That’s when my sister’s pain face went from a 4 to a 5.
Turns out that confirmation of your pain’s seriousness (and possibly fear of the hospital) makes pain worse. She tried to convince me it was gas pain from something blocked in there. Oh, silly girl.
And hour later 3 nurses held her down as she flailed back to consciousness minus the appendix (which surgeons call “the worm”).
Scars are beautiful. Behold:
[Aside to Sarah: I picked this tree scar before I read your email about the hearts! Cool. Love you.]