This is how my 2020 ended


My 2020 ended with an unwanted, but necessary visit and overnight in the hospital. Here is the story.

Thank you to all the doctors, nurses, techs, janitors, and everyone who took care of me while I couldn’t. Thank you for what you do on a daily basis keeping us all safe and healthy.

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So here’s the thing, trying to stay healthy, trying to stay safe. The last thing that anybody wants to do during this pandemic is to go to the hospital. For any reason, I just got out of the hospital. This is going to be a very informal log. Just to give you an update on what has transpired recently. So on a Sunday night, I got back having dinner outside with my family. I started having from a domino pain. I knew something was wrong. I knew that I could tell him what was going on with my body. That wasn’t a normal pain. So Monday I clerked sort of just suffer through it. It wasn’t terrible, but something was off. So I said to myself and to my wife that if it was persistent on Tuesday, that I would go to the doctor, I’d go to my primary doctor.

And he says, you have to go to the hospital and get a CT scan with contrast to confirm that your appendix is coming in. I don’t want to go to the hospital during the pandemic that the hospital near me doesn’t have a lot of CE 19 cases. I’m not saying the word, you know what word that is? I’m not saying because that impacts YouTube listing results, things like that. But that’s the story. I got to the hospital two 30 on Wednesday and by nine o’clock, 10 o’clock, something like that. I was admitted into a room, had a one overnight stay at the hospital. Fortunately only one. The doctor did the surgery the next day at four o’clock. So a Wednesday at four o’clock. He did the surgery laparoscopically. So I got nice puncture holes in my belly right now. And what’s today, today is Friday.

I got home Wednesday night, very late around 11 ish and very uncomfortable, but, you know, I can’t complain too much. There are people worse off than me, but I did want to, you know, to share what was happening. It’s now Friday. It’s my first time walking around the neighborhood since I got back. And I’m just doing one lap. Isn’t it easy, nice and slow. I guess I just wanted to share that. I spent a lot of time in the ER and there were COVID patients in the ER, they kept them into the rooms. I was in the hallway the whole time and I could’ve complained. I could have complained, but there were people way worse off. So I did not complain, but being in the hallway, I overheard a lot of things. And a lot of drama things that you might see on a TV show.

But one thing that I heard was how grateful for the nurses are for patients that don’t complain that don’t beg for things that don’t whine and moan and yell, and that are just patient patients that are patient, the nurses like that. And I’m glad I was one of those people. And in the end they treated me really well. Not because it’s their job, but because I was nice to them, to human beings and as a patient and as somebody who has the utmost respect for what they do on a daily basis for people like myself that are in for just a very common surgery, like an appendix removal or, or people that are in there for the word, God forbid you are hospitalized during this time right now, be nice. Be nice to the nurses. Be nice to the doctors, be nice to the techs. Be nice to the janitors, being nice to the security guards. Be nice to every single person who works in a hospital, whether it’s the ER or one of the floors where you admitted be nice. Not because not only because it’s the right thing to do, but it is the right thing to do. But also because you want to treat people how you want to be treated. And I’m fine now, by the way, healing.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Scott,

    I got a kidney stone around that same time period. The nurse in Urgent Care at the end of my visit took me by surprise and thanked me for being polite (I can only imagine how her day had been going). My subsequent operation was day-surgery so no overnight stay thankfully; my recovery room nurse was a sweetheart and after taking excellent care of me I said “screw Covid-19, let’s hug” which we did and she then told the orderly she was going to wheel me down herself to meet my wife in the parking lot.

    For all the bad that is going on now, the one good thing I can see is that when something good/nice happens it really stands out and makes you appreciate it deeply – perhaps more so than before.

    Glad to see you doing well, appreciate the vids.

    Dan

    1. Wow, Dan. Thank you for sharing that as well! Glad you’re doing ok.

  2. Oh, Scott—-It sounded so scary. But I am SO glad you are okay.
    I am not surprised that you showed courtesy and appreciation….but, having entered an er with my husband in August, and having heard firsthand people treating the staff like it was room service in a hotel, I am glad you reminded people, with grace, to be kind.
    Continue to do well-we care!

    1. Thank you, Sharon. It’s scary how rude and nasty some people can be. And it’s so obvious how Hosptial staff reacts to that nonsense.

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