Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Mi Padre

I just called my mom to get an update on my dad. Yesterday when I spoke with her, she had taken my dad to the doctor and the doctor told him it was a virus (like one of the ones you get on a cruise ship). They weren't sure where or when he exactly got it. The doctor said if he isn't feeling better by today to take him to the hospital. Today he wasn't any better, so my mom took my dad to St. Anne's ER in Toledo. When I called they were still in the ER. She said that he has appendicitis. They were waiting to speak with the surgeon when I called and she said she will call back when they talk to him and let me know when they will be doing the surgery. I looked up online to see what it is and I found that: "Appendicitis is an inflammation of the appendix. Once it starts, there is no effective medical therapy, so appendicitis is considered a medical emergency. When treated promptly, most patients recover without difficulty. If treatment is delayed, the appendix can burst, causing infection and even death. Appendicitis is the most common acute surgical emergency of the abdomen. Anyone can get appendicitis, but it occurs most often between the ages of 10 and 30." My dad is 50 (turning 51 this year). I also wanted to see what exactly causes it, and I found: "The cause of appendicitis relates to blockage of the inside of the appendix, known as the lumen. The blockage leads to increased pressure, impaired blood flow, and inflammation. If the blockage is not treated, gangrene and rupture (breaking or tearing) of the appendix can result."

I will keep you updated and please keep him in your prayers!!

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