Last Thursday, September 8, 2016, he woke up feeling what he termed "constipated." No biggie. This happens pretty frequently for him. He took a little something to help move things along and went about starting his school lessons. He got through a few of them and said that he was going to go lie down, because he wasn't feeling well. I like my essential oils; so I brought him some water with a drop of peppermint in it and put a little DiGize in his belly button to help calm his stomach, and he went to sleep. I went to check on him several times, and he seemed to be in more and more pain. He also threw up once but promised me that it didn't hurt to touch his stomach, even though he wouldn't let me touch it, which made me lean away from appendicitis. He was super irritable, which also isn't out of the usual (He's the typical teenager, folks.); so I patiently explained that I was trying to figure out if we needed to take him to the doctor or if he was just trying to get out of taking a couple of tests he had that day ;).
He slept most of the afternoon and seemed to be feeling a little better. So, I asked him if there was anything I could get for him at the store. He asked for Sprite and ice cream, which made me think that throwing up must've gotten the ickies out of his system. So, the littles and I ran to pick up such, along with a few other things. I encouraged him to see if he could do a little more of his schoolwork, while we were gone. We were gone less than an hour; but when we got back and saw that he wasn't sitting up doing his studies, I began to wonder if maybe he really was experiencing appendicitis. At that point, he was also running a temp of 103 and just feeling awful. So, my hubby took him to Urgent Care. They ran a few tests to rule out pretty much everything but appendicitis and sent him to the ER, where they confirmed acute perforated appendicitis. Unfortunately, the closest hospital, to which he was taken, does not perform surgeries on children, which we did not know beforehand. So, he took a little ambulance ride to Children's Mercy Hospital, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, to await surgery the next afternoon.
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