Saturday, March 3, 2012

A Little First Life Drama

Man in doorway, art by Eugène Jansson
You may be wondering why I didn't post yesterday, so this is what happened in my first life.

I got home from work around 4 PM. Suddenly I got a really heavy coughing attack and I could actually feel something rupture under my beautiful belly button. A few minutes later a small swelling appeared under the  belly button. It hurt a little but not too bad, so I went for my afternoon nap.

When I woke up two hours later the swelling was the size of a tangerine and was all swollen, hard and tender to the touch. I tried pushing it back inside without success, so I called the regional medical hotline to ask for some advice about what to do.

The nurse on the other end told me that I most likely had gotten a rupture in a weak spot under the naval and the intestines had pushed through and I had gotten an umbilical hernia. As the hernia was now hard and big it had probably become strangulated. She told me I was in need of immediate care and should go to the emergency at once. I argued with her and told her that I was a reasonably fit man in otherwise good health and and didn't have any bad pains from it and asked if I should really go there, couldn't I just book an appointment with a doctor on Monday and have it taken care of? She then asked me, "Do you want to die?".

I got the message and walked to the emergency at the hospital that is only about a kilometer from where I live. Once I got there my problem did not seem that serious compared to everything else they had to deal with on this busy Friday night. After an hour a lot of tests and blood work were taken, which all confirmed that I was in good health except for the hernia, which by now had grown to the size of an orange.

After the tests I waited around for a few hours more, all the while feeling guilty for being at the emergency ward with something that didn't seem important. At midnight I asked a nurse if it wasn't better if I went back home and made a reservation to see a doctor on Monday. She told me I should stay and would be taken care of in 10-15 minutes.

I was later led to a examination room and was seen by a good doctor of American extraction. He then gave me two injections, a tranquilizer and a painkiller, after which he successfully pushed the swelling - by this time the size of a small grapefruit - back into my belly.

The doctor told me he was going to refer me to surgery and that they would contact me in the not to distant future, meanwhile I should just keep pushing the intestines back inside and come back for help if I could not do it. I could then finally leave the hospital at 2:30 AM and walk back home while i was still a little dazed by the tranquilizer.

I will now answer to the name "Bock with Brock" (The Swedish word for hernia is "bråck", which is pronounced like the American name Brock)

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  1. dear Bock with bråck
    You got the right advice from that nurse.
    A hernia that increses likes yours on a male is not to play with.If it twist it takes about 3 hours for the bulb vessels to die
    So Im happy that for once swedish helthcare worked!
    No heavy lifts friend!! until u had that operation hear me??-OK

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    1. I hear you loud and clear, Ziga dear, it´s a promise! :)

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  2. aaaaaowww:( no heavy lifting and hold your hand there when you cough or sneeze...this you will probably have to think about for the rest of your life tho:( lots of hugs

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  3. Be Careful Bock, you are not in Secondlife (this would never happen btw)= ! take care of your RL

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  4. Bock, be careful. I had that when i was 11 years old and nearly died. Have it looked after immediately.
    We need you around here not 6 feet under or i will come after you in the afterlife and hurt you ;-)
    xxxx

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  5. not after the op Vampi.. then he can cough.. hehe he:)Its painless and very clean op.. dont worry dear

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  6. Thanks darlings, I am doing OK now just a little sore around the rupture and tired from the experience. And I do have to put pressure on the hole when I cough so the guts don´t spill out again ;)

    After your threat Ziggy, I will get the procedure done a.s.a.p. ;P

    Hugs and kisses all around!

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  7. Ooooh, just saw this. I have a hangover and thought that was bad. TAKE CARE!

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    1. Haha no problems Apmelito, my sympathies! My remedy to spare myself from that is to drink loads of water (1-1,5 liters) and take two paracetamols before going to bed. That usually helps me avoid the hangover.

      If I should still happen to wake up with one lots of water, two paracetamols and back to bed for more sleep helps.

      Actually I do think a hangover is usually more painful than the problem I had. My problem was more scary to me because I had not encountered it before but really not that painful.

      I wish you a speedy recovery, buddy, take care!

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