Friday, 25 July 2008
photo by Laura Mary
This is one of my alcoholism stories. It shows how alcoholism can kill in so many different ways and most of them are not direct (i.e. alcohol poisoning).
Jane had a mini binge about 2 weeks ago. It lasted 4 days. As usual she became sick when she came off the vodka. She became extremely anxious as usual and her stomach was highly irritated as it would be after pouring neat vodka into it without any food to help soak it up. She called a doctor at about 10 pm who as far as I can tell refused to come out. She called an ambulance, which came about an hour after being called. She was taken to a local hospital.
She called me at 5:45 am the next morning to say that she had been diagnosed with appendicitis. I was surprised as there was no sign or symptoms of this beforehand. She had an operation shortly afterwards. I did some research on the appendicitis and found out that one symptom is sickness and another is abdominal pain both of which Jane had after a binge.
Anyway normally you get out of hospital quickly after this operation which as it happened had proved unnecessary as a person at the hospital told me on the phone that her appendix was fine (after they had removed it). Anyway not only did the hospital remove a good appendix they cut an artery at the same time. This caused Jane a lot of pain and loss of blood that took the hospital 4 days to figure out.
They had to operate twice more in intensive care and Jane is left with a massive scar on her belly. I feel that at one time there was a chance that she could have died. So, she stayed in hospital for about 2 weeks; she is still there and should be home tomorrow.
When you go to hospital you go to a potentially dangerous place and some (about 30,000 in the UK) don't come out alive when they should. Moral: try and avoid it and in Jane's case she could and should have taken a Valium (diazepam - to calm her) and a Molitium (anti-sickness pill). This would have avoided hospital and a potential journey to the grave.
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