In the wars

My tummy right now…

What was supposed to be a routine out-in-two-hours colon/stomach check turns into a mega-nightmare (actually a tear in outer layer of colon and leakage of gas – very painful). So, semi-emergency surgery yesterday evening and now several days more in hospitalon broth only, maybe congee from tomorrow.

First time ever in my life in hospital, let alone under general anaesthetic. (Pretty amazing stuff – zero recollection of ever being given it. Apparently the reason I felt freezing cold in bed afterwards.) Now strung down with massively obtrusive IV drip feeding into right hand, a drainage bag (looks like ketchup), and a catheter. Insertion of catheter more a mental than physical trauma.

Moral: avoid routine checks. Will they bill me for the extra unplanned procedures. Stupid question, right?

Anyway probably not much going on here til later in the week.

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21 Responses to In the wars

  1. delboy says:

    Ah, Hemmers. Not good but at least it’s been caught and treated before it gets worse. An old friend use to say “doctors kill you and hospitals are where you go to die”. He got hit with a fatal cerebral hemorrhage aged fifty; had plenty of signs that this condition was developing, but ignored them.

    Trust you enjoy a full recovery and on your way to that delayed holiday soon. Hugs and hopes.

  2. Reader says:

    All the best for a speedy and full recovery.

    As some emergency medics told me back in March, at the height of our ‘real’ Covid wave, when you’re sick, the last place you want to be is a Hong Kong hospital.

  3. Joe Blow says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery, Hemlock.

    *this is the part where we tell about our own medical mishaps*
    I was once operated on my eye with a LOCAL anaesthetic. I experienced every little bit of the torture. Still have nightmares 40 years later.

    I shall not be so insensitive to ask how you got a tear in you colon. So how did you get a tear in the outer layer of your colon? (gassy beans / squeezed too hard/ ummm… other things?)

    Where do I send the flowers?

  4. Mabozza says:

    Get well soon…

  5. Sean O'Herlihy says:

    Dear Mr. Hemlock,

    I will be praying to God for your swift and complete recovery, and that He forgive you for all of your sins.

    God bless!

  6. steve says:

    Speedy recovery!

  7. dimuendo says:

    V sorry to read.

    Get well. We need a mildly acerbic pen, plus humour.

  8. Steve says:

    Ouch, sounds extremely nasty. All the best and take care.

  9. A Poor Man says:

    I hope you have a speedy and full recovery!

  10. Mark Bradley says:

    Yikes. Get well soon Hemmers. I am overdue for a colonoscopy by a few months.

    “I was once operated on my eye with a LOCAL anaesthetic. I experienced every little bit of the torture. Still have nightmares 40 years later.”

    What kind of eye surgery? I had laser surgery done with local anesthetic but I had a vitrectomy done with general anaesthetic. The option of doing a vitrectomy with just local anaesthetic was available but surgeon strongly advised against it. All my eye surgeries went smoothly. No nightmares but I would definitely have one if it was a local anaesthetic on that vitrectomy.

  11. MumphLT says:

    Get well soon fellah.

  12. Red Dragon says:

    Oh, Hemmers. Poor old you!

    Do get well soon.

  13. Chinese Netizen says:

    All the best to you in your recovery, Sir.

    Reminds me…I’m of the age and have been told I should consider the colo-rectal check. Been doing a good job of procrastination for quite a while but perhaps I should make a move while I’m still insured.

    Ah, good old Murikan ‘ceptionalism!

  14. Hermes says:

    Get well soon Hemlock. Hope you’re up and about soon.

  15. Goatboy says:

    Sue the bastards!
    Nah, seriously – get well soon!

  16. Joe Blow says:

    I had to look up “vitrectomy”. No, it wasn’t that. It was an eye correction: local aenesthetic (jab in my upper cheekbone area) / surgeon inserted fat fingers into my eye socket / cut the muscle on both sides of eyeball / stitched muscles with big black thread .

    When he was finished ( I thought) he started on the other eye as well. I almost passed out. “Keep breathing, boy, keep breathing!”

  17. Hamantha says:

    Hope you’re feeling better! Amazing that they discovered what they did during a routine check!

  18. Mary Melville says:

    Re; Goatboy.
    Speedy recovery and hopefully no lasting issues to endure.
    However please clarify circumstances as my first reaction was also sue ’em as it is not clear if this is a case of a routine check gone wrong?
    Having gone through the procedure it is indeed a few uncomfortable hours at a clinic and they recommend someone be on hand to accompany you home afterwards.

  19. Mark Bradley says:

    “I had to look up “vitrectomy”. No, it wasn’t that. It was an eye correction: local aenesthetic (jab in my upper cheekbone area) / surgeon inserted fat fingers into my eye socket / cut the muscle on both sides of eyeball / stitched muscles with big black thread .

    When he was finished ( I thought) he started on the other eye as well. I almost passed out. “Keep breathing, boy, keep breathing!””

    There was no way to do that via general aenesthetic and knock you out? That sounds awful!

    The laser surgery can only be done with local aenesthetic but I didn’t find it too bad; just don’t stare directly into the laser to avoid permanent blindness! You get a nice hot lasershow into your retina and everything is purple for a bit when done!

  20. justsayin says:

    Get well soon Hemmers

  21. MeKnowNothing says:

    Hey Delboy – how ya doin’ Larry? Long time no see, mate!

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