According to the Mayo Clinic online…

Appendicitis is a condition in which your appendix becomes inflamed and fills with pus. Your appendix is a finger-shaped pouch that projects out from your colon on the lower right side of your abdomen. This small structure has no known essential purpose, but that doesn’t mean it can’t cause problems.

Appendicitis causes pain that typically begins around your navel and then shifts to your lower right abdomen. Appendicitis pain typically increases over a period of 12 to 18 hours and eventually becomes very severe.

Appendicitis can affect anyone, but it most often occurs in people between the ages of 10 and 30. The standard appendicitis treatment is surgical removal of the appendix.

At about lunch time on Tuesday I started feeling a little strange. I continued working on wedding images that had been photographed in the recent weeks, but thought the pains were hunger pains. I made myself some lunch but then the thought of eating was not the least bit appealing. Since 2006, I have been shooting weddings and it literally  broke my heart to hear there was a possibility I would not be able to shoot a wedding scheduled for this weekend. I had my little guy, Sammy two years ago and was actually photographing a wedding at 8 1/2 months pregnant. I didn’t think I would run into this EVER. The ER doctor came in to the room to tell us the CT scan was positive for appendicitis and I was being prepped for surgery at 10pm on Tuesday night. He told me the appendix had not ruptured so the procedure would be laproscopic and I would be back to normal in no time and released the following day. I was thrilled to hear that news.

The news on the other side of surgery was a different story. The doctor nicked the peritoneal wall which caused a hematoma and he was concerned because this is so close to many large veins and arteries..including the Aorta. The surgery turned out to be way more invasive than originally planned but I am recovering and will be back in no time.

Thank you for all the well wishes and those who have offered to help (and are helping, Allison), you all are a huge blessing and we appreciate it very much!

Whats a photographer’s post without some photography? Here are some images I was working on that went to The Texas Wedding Guide on Tuesday before I had to leave for the hospital.

  • So glad to hear that you are in recovery! Appendicitis is no fun, I know from experience. Get well soon!

  • Amy I hope you get feeling better and please call me if you need any help..

  • oh my gosh.. feel better soon.. my son had appendicitis a few years ago.. he almost died.. his had ended up rupturing he had parts that were gangrene and he was septic.. he also had an ilestomy for 3 months then a reversal surgery to fix that it was a nightmare.. thankfully we still have him with us.. he almost died on the operating table. So I know what hell you are going through.. I always have flashback nightmares when I hear appendicitis.

  • just stopping by to check on you! I hope you're feeling better... we've been thinking about you! xoxo Brandy

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