Last Friday night, we were spending some nice family time watching a movie and eating some popcorn.  I noticed that my stomach started hurting a little.  I figured I just ate too much popcorn, which I am prone to do!

Around 1:30 am Saturday, I woke up in some of the worst stomach pain that I’ve ever had.  I threw up several times that night and had some intestinal issues.  Couldn’t get comfortable and was up all night.  Morning came and it was much of the same with little relief.  I fell asleep on the bed around 10 as I must have found a comfortable way to lie down.  I was startled awake around 11:00 with an even higher level of pain and I knew I was in trouble and needed some help.

Michele took me to the ER around noon on Saturday and they were quickly able to diagnose me with acute appendicitis.  CT scan confirmed it and I was taken by ambulance to the hospital.  That was my first ambulance ride!  It was uncomfortable to say the least.  Those things bounce all over the road.  Each bounce and turn shot a wave of pain that broke through the toradol they gave me in the ER.  Uggh…and they didn’t even use the sirens, lol.

We arrived at St Luke’s about 4 pm and were frustrated and disappointed to find out that the surgery wouldn’t be until the next morning.   That meant a long night of waiting and pain.  They gave me morphine which helped me sleep some and took away any other pain I had, except for the actual appendicitis.  It just wasn’t touching it.  They upped my morphine dosage and that helped a little.

The laparoscopy surgery was Sunday morning around 11 am and took about 40 minutes.  My first surgery ever!  I spent the rest of the day and night recovering in the hospital before coming home late Monday morning.

I feel much better now, but the road to recovery will take some patience and will likely be frustrating.  Being a farmer means a lot of activity every day.  Lots of walking, bending over and using the core muscles that have been impacted by the surgery.  I was also in training for a 50 mile run so that will have to be put on hold for a month or so.    I should be back to normal by this time in March.

I am SO thankful to have a great, loyal employee in Rebecca and a wonderful volunteer in Katie.  They were out planting and weeding yesterday as we keep the momentum going in the field.

My wife, Michele, was also amazing.  She was by my side all weekend sleeping an hour in an uncomfortable chair, pushing hard for the best care and holding my hand through the pain.  She was wonderful.  I’m a lucky guy!

More next week about the actual farm!

-Farmer Chip