The new year is all about fresh starts right? Well I suppose I’ve achieved this in an unexpected way.
A few weeks ago I was working on editing a photo for Eric Solomon, it was a last minute request for a press explosion he landed (see below) and I was happily working away into the night. I suddenly started feeling a bit stomach achey, it was uncomfortable but I wasn’t concerned. I woke up at 3:30am and the pain had become quite severe and seemed to have moved noticeably to the right. I was pretty out of it, unable to stand easily, nauseous and in a lot of pain…knowing there’s a lot of important stuff on the lower right side, made a call to the nurse hotline who asked a bunch of questions and then instructed me to hang up the phone and call an ambulance. So I did…the paramedics arrived and took me to emergency. So many tests were performed, lots of waiting in between.
When I went in for an ultrasound I was scooped up, having matched the age and gender of another patient, and almost ended up with a kidney biopsy…woops! Thankfully they read the confusion on my face and double checked my ID tag before moving on with the procedure. After the ultrasound they determined it was my appendix causing a fuss, so went in for surgery that night.
They gave me some pretty sexy surgery underwear
The following week was much messier then anyone anticipated, especially since they expected to have me released hours after the operation. I ended up with what they are guessing is Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting (what fun!) for a whole week I was battling this very uncomfortable condition (made extra fun with a stitched up tummy), which turned out to be made worse by the narcotics they were giving to relieve pain. I learned a lot about what my body will tolerate!
I have to say, despite the hell-ish nature of the hospital visit, I felt very fortunate to have Canadian health care. Many of the nurses were fantastic, I ended up with a private room in emergency, a private room in both pre and post operation. So I am very grateful over all, and incredibly happy to be on the mend! Now it’s catch up time…lots of exciting shoots coming up 🙂
Eric’s story was spread in newspapers across Canada, including the Province! Congrats Eric.