Appendectomy at Almost 82??? YES!!
Late Monday afternoon, DH said he was having severe abdominal pain. We waited a couple of hours to see if it would go away. It didn't, so we went to the ER where he was diagnosed with an enlarged, inflamed appendix. By this time, it was Midnight, so he was admitted and surgery scheduled for 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning. I got home around two a.m., fell into bed for four hours, and was back at the hospital by seven, just before he was "taken away".
The surgeon did laparascopic (sp.?) surgery, b/c he said it was less invasive, would heal faster, and shouldn't be as painful as one larger incision. We learned that most times, now, appendectomies are "in and out" operations, but the surgeon decided to have him stay another night--probably b/c of his age. Anyway, I brought him home on Wed., and he's doing well. The surgeon also said that over the last few years, he's done several surgeries of this type--once on a person 100 years old! No matter one's age, if it needs to come out--it does! At least,this is one thing we won't have to worry about in the future!