Friday, May 15, 2009

Wednesday evening we planned on getting Gideon a haircut. But my dirty little hippie had other plans that included appendicitis and an appendectomy. Two words I now know how to spell. I believe I knew Gideon had an appendix, I just never once thought of it before. Wednesday afternoon he complained of a tummy ache and could barely walk, hunched over, grabbing his side. It was clear that he was in serious pain. I took him to the doctor and two hours later we were in the ER. I'm too exhausted to write out the details, but it was a traumatic night for everyone. Thursday morning he had surgery, which was successful and relatively quick (the appendix hadn't burst). We brought him home Friday evening and he's doing well and recuperating.

Chris explained to me that Gideon took the next step in evolution by shedding an unnecessary organ. So please note, not only is my kid better looking than yours, he's also more evolved.

13 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear this, Reb. Many wishes for his speedy recovery!

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  2. Yes, I hope he recovers quickly! We've been dealing with the broken arm of my five-year-old, Luisa, and she is now recovering well (after having had surgery to put screws in, and then a second operation to take them out after an infection developed!).

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  3. Jeeezus, that would have just about scared me to death! I hope his recovery is fast and that he's feeling a whole lot better now.

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  4. OMG. Scary. Hope he gets better soon.

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  5. Apropos of absolutely nothing, found your blog via HTMLGIANT and since I have a son named Gideon too, thought that was reason enough to comment. I'm glad he's OK. Oy, motherhood is fraught.

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  6. I've been so busy I haven't read much in more than 2 weeks, but something drew me to your page first- I'm so happy he's home and recovering well- I hope you are also recovering!

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  7. Thanks everyone, he's doing surprisingly well.

    Lisa, there aren't that many Gideon's out there, so we have to stick together!

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  8. Glad you all all doing better!

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  9. Dear Reb,

    I can only add the cliché here, which is that operations such as that are more frightening to the parents than to the kids.

    I had surgery at 5 and didn't understand what all the fuss was about – my insides hurt real bad but still –

    I did love the attention, though. That sort of thing never changes!

    Perhaps when Gideon is older you can show him a book with an appendix and explain that it's OK to take those out or leave them out because nobody reads them anyway.

    All the best for a wonderful, lighter life!

    Crispy

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  10. The Surfer has 3 appendixes.
    Sigh.

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  11. Yes, that was me, The Surfer. I forgot to sign.
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  12. 3 appendixes? Can you spare one for Gideon?

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  13. Yes, certainly. I will give him 2 if he wants to surf. I think I need to keep one for myself though in case one of those "urban legend" appendix thieves strikes and leaves me in a bathtub of ice in some seedy motel. Don't tell the kid about the seedy motel tho. Or the "urban legend."
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