An Emergency Surgery Status Update

Hi. 2023 has been challenging so far and looks to remain so. You may recall that I’ve been dealing with progressively worsening severe health issues for years now and have occasionally written about it, particularly with one of my older yet still vicious disorders, Trigeminal Neuralgia Type 2. You also know I have a bad tendency to go on and on and I don’t really have the time or energy for that at the moment, but I did want to mention things I’ve had to deal with, unexpectedly, over the past few weeks. I posted a small update on LinkedIn the day after an emergency surgery on March 14, and then I made some notes 10 days later on what I had learned my status, and I’m going to post that here. (I also may post a couple of pics, one old and ugly and I don’t believe has ever been publicly seen, as well as one from this episode just to show you how … ugly you always look in a emergency hospital situation! 😉 I think they do it on purpose. Anyway…)

  1. Initial post from hospital bed, post-surgery, March 15, 2023
    • Hello. It’s been a while since I made a post of substance so I just wanted to give a very brief status update. I had to have some substantial emergency surgery a few days ago and it seems this may be bigger/more inconvenient than initially imagined. I had already been mostly offline for too long for many reasons. Though we hope not, I may have to be in the hospital for a while so I don’t know when I’ll be back to post anything of reasonable significance. Thanks, Scott H

  1. Discharge update from March 24, 2023
    • A status update following last week’s hospital post…
      • I’m home. Thanks for your kind words & patience. This one surprised me, rougher than I expected. It’s complex but I was taken to the hospital nearly two weeks ago. I had developed a fever of 100–104 that would NOT reduce/break for 6 days! They had to submerge me in ice baths for two nights before I went below 100 on Day 7. I refuse to go to ERs, so my wife took me to Urgent Care; five minutes later they’d sent me to an ER where I was told I needed emergency surgery & I was in the OR in just about 10 more minutes. The gravity didn’t really hit me until the surgeon said he might have to remove “X” parts. (When I name the surgery, you should get this reference. I just can’t bring myself to say or write it! Hah!) There’s much more, but I’m tired & grumpy & the story would bleed into a book, so I’ll ID it & move on.
      • I’ve mentioned health problems at times but usually not many or real specifics. Basically, two things happened & I’m a little horrified. What put me in the OR was a large scrotal abscess requiring a Scrotal I&D surgery. But I was also told I had sepsis. Bad. I do look for the humorous at times though so wound care came the next day & insisted I take morphine because they were “going in” & it would hurt. I don’t like pain meds & refused. They didn’t believe me & argued with me, but I’ve been through this before. They kept asking if it hurt but didn’t get it when I repeatedly replied “it’s irrelevant.” I’m always the “Odd” one but think of it – it IS irrelevant! Yeah, it hurts, but it’s got to be done, so who cares–just do it! That was around the 14th. My scheduled discharge date was yesterday. But I wasn’t going to leave my wife alone & stressed for the weekend, so I told them I’d be going home Friday (17th). Depending on progress. I’m quick to recover. A brutal colon resection a decade ago was supposed to keep me hospitalized for 10 days, but I went home in less than four. I still have a few pics showing just how gorgeous my torso looked after that. Here’s one. (Sorry, but not for the few who may be faint of heart. Heh.)
      • So I’ve been home since last Friday night, just as I predicted. I’m motivated. I had to break the fever after 7 days, be examined by PT, OT, Infectious Diseases, Wound Care, etc. I was told I could, could have, nearly did, etc., die several times over. I never knew Sepsis was so brutal. Been trying to figure out any sources & now realize that several accidents I had last year (& possibly even the year before) that led to bloody injuries in three different locations surely did have at least one that did became badly infected… a mistake when I stubbornly refused to act on it. I’m trying to grant my wife may be right that this wasn’t my best decision. Heh. Now it’s outpatient wound care, in-home wound care, PT, OT, more neurology & much more. And I’m not out of the woods yet. After this, I think I’ve lost any dignity I ever possessed. If I could tell the stories — but then I wouldn’t, right?
      • So those are the basics. I’m still hard to kill. I’ve been told I used up my 9 lives in the 20th century, but I’ve used up 9 more this century. And have kept going on using up an endless supply of lives, so much so that I’m starting to worry I may be immortal, which is one of the worst things I can imagine. I intend to get back in the swing of things, but it will be slow & take a while. In the meantime, I’ve almost never shared this much before but felt after missing so many months, so much time online in general, maybe I owed a few details. Cheers! – Scott H 

Me looking "amazing" a couple of days after a fairly major emergency surgery in mid-March 2023
Me looking “amazing” a couple of days after a fairly major emergency surgery in mid-March 2023

2 thoughts on “An Emergency Surgery Status Update

  1. I’m so glad you’re recovering! Stupid bodies.

    Also, listen to the wife. As a wife, I can safely say the husbands are the most important people to us, and we kinda want you around as soon as possible!

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