Monday, October 09, 2006

Gosh, folks, I thought I was going to die today.


There I was on the side of the road losing my cookies. And I had this terrible pain in my gut. I mean it's bad enough to be barfing in front of the whole neighborhood, but this pain in my abdomen was killing me!

I had to call my boss and tell him I couldn't work anymore and he came and picked me up. Then the pain really kicked in. I was there in the back seat holding onto the hand strap literally groaning in agony. I don't recall ever groaning out loud in pain before. I kept shifting in my seat to alleviate the pain but nothing helped.

I groaned for at least 30 minutes and was covered in sweat. Sheesh, I was making plans to go to the emergency room and then remembered I didn't have health insurance since I got fired.

Thank God the pain subsided. I prayed for my suffering to be united with the Lord's suffering. I recalled how St. Therese, in Story Of A Soul, discussed how she invited suffering. Well, I guess I am not very sanctified, cuz I was praying for relief. I just finished the notes on the last painful days of her life this morning. Hmmm, the poignancy wasn't lost on me.

I don't know why I got the attack. The only contributing factor I can think of was the five beers I drank last night. But that seems a little light to cause gastroenteritis. I am just glad that it went away. Being a typical male, I am not going to the doctor, I will just hope it is an isolated incident. Really, gentle reader, I thought I was experiencing what a woman in labor experiences.


EC Gefroh said...

Tim! How are you feeling? That must have been very scary. Hope you are feeling better.

Amy said...

Oh my! I hope it is nothing serious. Saying a prayer for you!

Anonymous said...

Could it be your appendix?????

Tim said...

I'm doing fine now, except for a twinge earlier this morning. Thanks for the support.
Yeah, I was thinking about my appendix this morning,too.
But the pain came immediately after eating yesterday so it has to be something with the stomach.

rhapsody said...

Praying for you!

Tracy said...

"Well, I guess I am not very sanctified, cuz I was praying for relief."

This made me LOL! Last year, I got the flu so bad (I won't go into graphic details) that I was laying on the bathroom floor because I was too weak and too afraid to get too far from the toilet. I was just laying there, thanking God for the coolness of the floor and telling him that if this was the end, to make it fast. I think I prayed a lot of Hail Mary's that night!

I hope it's nothing serious.

ukok said...


sorry to learn that you have experienced such awful pain. I'm glad you are feeling better now, and I hope you don't have another bout of it.

Jennifer said...

Where exactly was the pain?
Stomach is upper left, almost midline.

I hope it doesn't come back...will be awfully expensive. I paid almost $2000 for an ER visit for stomach pain. Turned out it was a pulled muscle! Luckily I was fully covered. Because it was at the hospital I worked at everything was covered. No deductible.

I'll include you in my intentions.

Jack B. said...

Too much beer might do it. But I'm with you - first sign of pain and I'm off to the doctor. I hope you feel better.

Sister Mary Martha said...

Wait, what boss? That means you have a job?

Tim said...

Yes, Sister, it's here:

Adoro said...

Oh, my! How are you doing? I hope all is well. If it was after something you ate, it definitely could have been food poisoning although with your description, my first thought was appendicitis, too. But since it got better, not worse, that's a good sign.

For those who don't know, although the appendix is located in the lower right quadrant, sometimes the pain is referred to a different location, but symptoms of appendicitis include not only pain and vomiting, but possibly fever, rigidity over the area of the lower quadrant (point tenderness on the spot) and some other things I can't remember. I don't care how poor or unemployed you are, if you have those symptoms, GET THEE TO AN ER PRONTO!! Appendicitis can be deadly.

Actually, so can food poisoning, if it actually turns out to be e-coli. So be careful, and really, if this happens again you may want to find some kind of doctor to go to. Is there a free clinic in your area?

Could it be an ulcer?

I will keep you in my prayers. God bless.