Day 7 of Juicing: emergy appendectomy...!
I was doing great and looking forward to celebrating my first full week of Juicing. My bloodpressure had become normal, and I had lost 5kg already. But then disaster struck.
On the morning of day 7, I was feeling unconfortable in the gut, with a nagging pain in the right side. I drank my juice and went to work. I'm a secondary school teacher and that morning I had oral examinations planned. You know, the big ones students feel really nervous about. I started up the procedure and the first students came in. As they were preparing the exam, I felt more and more miserable. In the end, I felt so terrible and had to ask my students to get help. The exam was annulled, and somehow I got home on my e-bike. I was home alone. The pain aggravated and I became nauseous. I had called for the doctor, but before he arrived I started heavily hyperventilating because of the pain in my belly. I was barely conscious and called 911. Luckily, the person on the phone was able to calm me down and sent an ambulance and medical emergency unit. They took me to the hospital.
In ER, an echo was done, and X-rays, and bloodworks. But there was nothing abnormal, so... they sent me back home... with a painkiller. I couldn't believe this was happening to me. I was still in terrible pains.
At home, my wife put me to bed. I was still in terrible pains, comparable to kidney stones pain. Around 7pm, I told my wife this was unbearable and we needed to do something. At this point, I had an extremely sensitive area on the right hand side of my belly. I was sure it was my appendix. So my wife drove me back to the ER, while neighbours were looking after our three young children. In the ER, they re-evaluated my file and decided to do a CT-scan. Soon after, I was diagnosed with appendicitis. At 9.30 pm, I underwent emergency surgery and my appendix was removed.
I am now slowly recovering from this ordeal at home. If I had continued juicing, as I'm writing this, I would be on day 11.
Though I still strongly believe in Joe's Juicing programme, I decided to share my experience here. I don't know if the juicing triggered all this. I think my appendix was already in bad shape for a very long time...
For the moment, I have decided to put the juicing on hold until I have fully recovered, which normally takes 6 weeks. What happened to me was quite traumatising, and any advice or moral support from this community is welcome.