Holiday Week Woes Update

Fear not.

Morganna’s ultrasound, like her CT scan, turned out perfectly normal. Her white cell count is still not elevated, and her pain is gone, as is her general malaise and nausea.

She is, in a word, fine.

When the ER doctor suggested it was a virus, I was skeptical, but Morganna’s regular doctor said there was a virus that almost exactly mimicked appendicitis, and it could be that she had it. There had been cases of it reported at the hospital and in his practice, so it was a possibility.

It looks like that is the case, because Sunday night. Zak started showing symptoms–the exact same ones Morganna did. He is okay now–for whatever reason, it seems to be cycling through him faster than it did with her.

And–last night, both Kat and I started having stomach pains. Neither of ours stayed in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen, and since appendixes do not go traveling around the body cavity, I am pretty sure it is just this weirdo virus.

I just wish I could remember the name of it. No one has a fever, but is is really painful. It feels like it felt when I had two duodenal ulcers about twelve years ago, but it flares up with pain more intense than that.


At least it seems to go away semi-quickly.


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  1. It has made it to the West Coast with several from our lab having the same symptoms. It is good to be able to tell them to keep it to themselves and this too will pass. I am delighted to hear everyone is doing fine in your family.

    Comment by Maureen — December 3, 2008 #

  2. Thanks for the update…

    Comment by dindi — December 3, 2008 #

  3. Good news, bad news I suppose. I’m so glad it’s nothing serious. But sorry you have all come down with it!

    Comment by Diane — December 3, 2008 #

  4. I’m sorry to hear that you’re all getting sick but glad to hear that it’s an acute self-limiting disorder.

    It’s important to have a well parent when the toddler is sick, for sure!

    Hope you’re all completely well soon.

    Comment by wwjudith — December 4, 2008 #

  5. Really I’m not trying to scare you but my appendix moved. I really didn’t think it was possible but the doctors said that by whole abdomen was so swollen, it pushed my appendix more up and back from where it should have been.

    Or I’m just a freak!!

    I’m glad Morganna is feeling better.

    Comment by Dana — December 4, 2008 #

  6. Norovirus maybe? I’d be chugging down the Sambucol. Hope everyone’s better now!

    Comment by Shreela — December 4, 2008 #

  7. Yup, I had this at the beginning of November. It was painful! I kept wishing that I would at least throw up or something, just to relieve the pain. The pain is actually severe bloating and contractions of the lower stomach area and upper part of the small intestine–or so said my doctor. I was sick with it for a good 4 days.

    Comment by Roxanne — December 5, 2008 #

  8. Sure sounds like norovirus. It seems to have become widespread now through cruise ships and travels around a lot with people this time of year.

    Nasty bug.

    Comment by donna — December 27, 2008 #

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