I had my appendix taken out last Sunday. They performed a laparoscopic appendectomy which means this type of surgery was supposed to be minimally invasive and allow for a speedier recovery. All I have to say is that my experience was neither of those things and something that I would not wish on anyone, even a Democrat. CAT scan indicated an easy procedure lasting maybe an hour but once they got inside the doctor found something quite different and it turned into a three hour ordeal by tiny “roto-rooter” tools, pumped in carbon dioxide gas and other torture devices. I won’t bore you with the details but thank God I was under general anesthesia. I was discharged on Monday and placed in the tender care of my wife. Off work for the next 8 days (until my follow-up) I was looking forward to at least getting lots of stuff done on the computer, lots of reading and of course some Christmas related decorating and wrapping of presents. Not a chance. I was really out of it the first two days and then, when I started to get more mobile, I just couldn’t bring myself to do more than check emails and vegetate, slack-jawed, to some YouTube videos. Today I’m felling very much better in all areas so I’m grateful for that and look forward to a full recovery soon.
Prior to my unexpected surgery I was working on some draft posts about the French use of defensive blockhouses in their colonial adventures. I hope to get back on those projects soon. Since I am getting much more reading done on the Foreign Legion while convalescing there might be some quick book reviews coming next.
Pic above is related….it’s my doctor and surgical team working on my appendix. (to be fair I’m sure he did a great job–I just have no experience to compare it to).