I’m Recovering in the Hospital From Appendicitis

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Just wanted to let you all know I might be posting more off-schedule these days because I’ve been in the hospital. Don’t worry guys — I’m doing well with the recovery. They actually expect me to leave the hospital in the next day or so.

Late Sunday night just before midnight I thought I was just suffering from another really bad upset stomach — until I went to an emergency room and they diagnosed me with acute appendicitis, requiring immediate surgery.

They removed my appendix early Monday morning in a very successful operation that has left practically no visible scars. The doctors did an amazing job, and the hospital here has provided excellent care — it’s as comfortable and professional as the hospitals I remember back in America.

I should be back with more articles and posts next week.

Also, if you’ve sent me anything by e-mail (such as a guest post or otherwise) just know I’m not on e-mail these days and may not get back to you until next week.

In the meantime, wishing you a wonderful weekend.

UPDATE: The hospital discharged me on Monday, June 20 and I’m feeling much better as I continue my recovery at home. Thank you so much for your care and concern — your comments warmed my heart.

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45 thoughts on “I’m Recovering in the Hospital From Appendicitis

  • June 17, 2016 at 7:05 am
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    No scars? Damn. I have a pretty big one from my appendectomy when I was a kid. Nice job, doctors!

    Hope you heal up fast.

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    • June 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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      Thanks for the comment, Autumn! Yeah, *almost* no scars at all. They’re hardly noticeable. They just cut these three small holes in my abdomen, and sealed them with aesthetics in mind, so once I’m healed nobody will really be able to tell (unless they look really carefully) that I had surgery there. I was surprised.

      But I’m sure if this had happened when I was a kid, I’d have a scar just like yours (and Nicki’s too).

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  • June 17, 2016 at 7:14 am
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    Jocelyn, glad to see you looking so cheery and cute. Two laptops on your hospital tray, huh?

    Glad they caught it. Have a speedy recovery.

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  • June 17, 2016 at 9:40 am
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    i am just curious, how much would be the hospital bill ??? i hear that they have bankrupted many chinese like in usa.
    speedy recovery.

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    • June 21, 2016 at 2:03 pm
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      Gordon, we thought the hospital bill was very affordable — a little over 10,000 RMB for everything.

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  • June 17, 2016 at 10:06 am
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    Sorry to hear this, Jocelyn, but so glad they caught it and you’re on the road to recovery. Get well soon.

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  • June 17, 2016 at 1:08 pm
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    Oh no! My daughter had her appendix rupture in the fall. I am glad they diagnosed you before it ruptured. I pray you have a speedy recovery!

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    • June 21, 2016 at 2:07 pm
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      Thank you for your comment, Leslie. I’m doing much better. That must have been so scary for your daughter’s appendix to rupture — I hope your daughter is OK now!

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  • June 17, 2016 at 6:48 pm
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    Get well soon! On the bright side, now you have one more story to tell! 😉

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  • June 17, 2016 at 8:43 pm
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    Sending you best wishes for a healthy and quick recovery Jocelyn! I’m sure Jun is taking good care of you! 🙂

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  • June 18, 2016 at 1:31 am
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    You look so small in that hospital bed! Glad the worst is over. You and Jun really need to take a break from all the stress soon. Be well.

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    • June 21, 2016 at 2:14 pm
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      Ha ha, yeah, I guess I do look small! Yes, we definitely need a break…and I look upon my recovery as an opportunity to rest up and de-stress. 🙂

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  • June 18, 2016 at 1:42 am
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    Last month my stomach hurt really badly. Turned out I needed gallbladder surgery, much to everyone’s shock.

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  • June 19, 2016 at 1:05 am
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    Get well soon.

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  • June 19, 2016 at 12:15 pm
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    Wishing you a speedy recovery! I’d love to hear more about your experience of going to hospital in China.

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  • June 20, 2016 at 12:14 am
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    Get well soon!

    Great that they found it out early enough, heard some unpleasant stories from friends over the year who all ended up with huge scars on their stomachs =/

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    • June 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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      Thank you Timo! Oh no, sorry to hear your friends had some negative surgery experiences…ugh!

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  • June 20, 2016 at 5:29 am
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    Feel better & best wishes!!! Routine medical care overseas can be just as good or better than the US.

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    • June 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm
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      Thanks Renee! It’s true — and actually, I feel like the care I received in this hospital was really superior to anything I could have gotten in the US. It’s an incredible hospital.

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      • June 22, 2016 at 6:23 am
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        So glad to hear! I had hernia surgery overseas that went perfectly. Sometimes you gotta brag on skilled foreign doctors that would be looked down on by folks in the US. Blessings.

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        • June 25, 2016 at 9:45 am
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          I agree Renee, there are some outstanding foreign doctors and hospitals out there! When I shared what happened with my dad, he was amazed by the high standard of care I received. People definitely need to know.

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  • June 21, 2016 at 1:46 am
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    Just saw this. I am glad you are ok. Hopefully, you are out of the hospital by now!
    Best wishes.

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    • June 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm
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      Thanks Jon. Yep, just left the hospital yesterday (Monday). I feel stronger every day and am giving myself time to recover and rest. 🙂

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  • June 22, 2016 at 9:18 pm
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    Get better soon! I also have a big scar from my operation. I lost weight and my physical condition took 6 months to recover. Luckily, nowadays, it’s much smaller scar and much quicker recovery.

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    • June 25, 2016 at 9:48 am
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      Thanks Wang Jia. Wow, that had to be tough for you, especially with regards to recovery. I really feel fortunate the surgery has improved so much.

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