So I did not finish my Camp NaNoWriMo editing rebel goal.
However, this time I think I had an actual good reason — being hospitalized for nearly a week for complications from a ruptured appendix, and still being pretty wrung out and fatigued from the ongoing recovery for the rest of July.
Turns out that when medical sites advise you to seek help if you’re having persistent abdominal pain, that’s more than just a polite suggestion. But because my pain lasted on and off for several days and never actually got that bad until the day I finally gave up and went to the doctor (who promptly told me “I think you came to the wrong place”), I assumed it couldn’t be appendicitis. Didn’t appendicitis come on suddenly and get really painful really fast? Like in that book “Madeline“?
In my case, no.
And I’m just putting this out there for others who might find themselves or someone they love in the same boat: The doctors did NOT take my appendix out, much to my initial disbelief (and the bafflement of my family). The doctor who was overseeing my care explained that my appendix was such a mess that opening me up to get at it could cause more problems than it solved. And because my infection seemed to be well-contained and I wasn’t going into septic shock, they elected to keep me in the hospital and pump me full of antibiotics until my white blood cell count and my temperature dropped to acceptable levels, at which point they sent me home toting even more bottles of antibiotics.
That hospital stay took nearly a week. For someone who hadn’t spent any extensive time in a hospital since my actual birth, that was a hell of a learning curve. Even though the hospital room itself was quite comfortable and the people I dealt with were all incredibly kind, I shed tears of gratitude on the day the doctors told me I could go home.
So if you’re ever in this situation and you’re searching the Web while muttering “WTF? I’ve never heard of not operating on a ruptured appendix!”, hi there! Now you have. It’s a more common approach than I thought.
I have to go for a follow-up CT scan in a few weeks and there is still a possibility that the doctor will elect to have whatever’s left of my appendix taken out, but for now, I’m feeling pretty good. I was allowed to telecommute for my first two weeks back at home, but this week I finally returned to the office.
And I’ve also picked up where I left off with the NaNoWriMo plan and continued to edit the first book. Even if I didn’t finish it on time, I really want to get that latest draft hammered out. It’s not that long now until November, when I want to write that completely different book. I’d like to have Draft Four all wrapped up.