And ANOTHER trip to the E.R.!

Okay, that makes three trips to the E.R. in the month of July. It’s a new family record!! (huge sigh….)

First, it was Max’s stomach virus. Next. it was Frank’s cow herding accident.

And, on Friday morning, Matt (age 20) woke up with severe stomach pain. We were on our way home from the land and Matt didn’t even bother to call us. In fact, the macho guy dragged himself out of bed and drove to the store for Pepto Bismol (which didn’t work, by the way). I later reprimanded him for not asking Zach or even Ali (who were both here) for help. Zach thought he was just being a “big sissy” about a stomach ache and kept teasing him about it, though afterwards he felt slightly bad about it, but continued to tease Matt about it throughout the day, “Well, I’m going to go play basketball, what are you going to do? Oh, that’s right, lay there and piss and moan about a little stomach ache.”

Matt came home, and went back to bed. He later drove to his girlfriend’s house to pick her up. She said when she came outside, he was white as a sheet and had sweat on his upper lip from the pain. He then did a very smart thing. He drove himself to the emergency room. They arrived at 11:30 a.m.

Thankfully, they let him lie on a stretcher in the hallway while he waited his turn because he was in so much pain. It took quite awhile for them to get him into a room. The gave him some pain medication and made him drink some yummy stuff to make his insides glow.

We’d arrived back in Bangor during this time and I drove to the hospital with Zach.

Matt then had a CT Scan. They suspected it was appendicitis and they were right. Things started moving very quickly after that. He was wheeled into surgery around 6:00 p.m. And, he was home by 11:00 p.m. Yes, appendectomies can now be done on an outpatient basis! Matt was thrilled. He did NOT want to spend the night in the hospital.

Aside from a little bleeding around one of the incision sites (it was done via laparoscopy), he was doing just fine. If you want to send him some good wishes, he’s at matt – at – He’s bummed because his softball team was just going into the finals and he’ll miss the rest of the season. 🙁

I took some photos of Matt in the hospital (Yep! I always have my camera!!). They’re HERE. You can probably tell from the loopy look on his face that these were taken after the pain killers took effect.

We did have a bit more excitement last week. Max and I got lost in the woods on our land on Thursday. It was pretty frightening. I’ll write about that next week.

This week’s Maxism:
I was changing Mason’s dirty diaper the other day. Max was walking through the room at the time and I heard him muttering in a sing-song voice under his breath, “Dot com stink dot com…”

And, this week I have a Richardism, too. I bought some new vanilla-scented body spray. Before our weekly date the other night, I sprayed some on, wondering if Richard would even notice my new scent (you know how guys are).

He got into the truck, tilted his head, and sniffed deeply. Then, making a face, he said, “Do you smell that? It smells like a carnival in here…”

Hugs to all!


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