They Call it the Worm

It’s not gas

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:

I heart you

[Aside to Sarah: I picked this tree scar before I read your email about the hearts! Cool. Love you.]

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  1. DoonersMom said,

    December 31, 2006 at 8:40 am

    ‘Tis the season for appendicitis… My 20 year old nephew, Nick, had his removed on Christmas Eve. God bless him, he was home on Christmas morning, came down to watch the Eagles game and is playing guitar with his band at a gig tonight!
    Ah youth!
    Happy New Year, Julie!

  2. julieluongo said,

    December 31, 2006 at 11:44 am

    Two appendectomies? Must be symbolic. Cut all of the useless crap out of your life or it will kill you!

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  3. Sarah said,

    December 31, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    I asked the doc to give me an S shaped scar. He didn’t. Man, is it gross looking!!! Staples, bulging, nasty. eeewwwwwwww.

  4. D said,

    December 31, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    we are glad Jim was driving that night!

  5. D said,

    December 31, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    Glad you are feeling better, “Sarah, Julie’s sister!!!” I can’t believe one of the circle members was in pain for so long.
    :( to :l to :)

    Get well, get well soon, we want you to get well!!

  6. D said,

    December 31, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    that is soo cool, Julie, your Blog makes smiley faces, woooooo hoooooo
    :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  7. Jenn said,

    December 31, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    Hey Sarah – hope you’re feeling better soon!!!!

  8. Sarah said,

    December 31, 2006 at 8:51 pm

    It is amazing how much better I feel not having a toxic organ in my system anymore! I feel sore from surgery and from flailing around like a crazy teenager coming off of the gas, but I am well on the mend!! Almost as bossy as usual.

  9. Jen said,

    December 31, 2006 at 10:56 pm

    I am so out of the loop here! I can’t believe Sarah is minus her appendix and I didn’t have a clue…… It’s amazing what you can learn on the internet!
    Feel better sweetie!

  10. julieluongo said,

    January 2, 2007 at 3:20 am

    It happened in sort of a hurry. The loop was small and tight.

  11. VideoNews said,

    January 2, 2007 at 5:11 am

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  12. Heather said,

    January 2, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Video News! A brand new friend!

  13. AJ & UD said,

    January 2, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    Enough of words–how about posting a real photo–no more virtual reality.

    Glad to hear you’re good as new. XXOO

  14. julieluongo said,

    January 2, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    No photos. This is a swoon-free zone.

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