David Has Emergency Appendix Surgery

All right. So, um, I did have emergency appendix
removal, uh, late last week, very early in the morning but late last week and it was
not fun and big thank you to Pat for filling in for me and for handling the bonus shows
and getting the shows out and even doing a few stories on the Friday show. He did a really great job in rolling with
the punches. The whole team did in fact. And um, incredibly the Wednesday show I did suffering
from appendicitis without even knowing it. And I had woken up but two, three in the morning
with just like high stomach pain, um, every couple of hours during the night. And when
I woke up in the morning, it got worse and it started moving down into the right, which
is pretty typical of a appendicitis, but it could have been a number of other things.
I did the show and then I decided to go to urgent care. And at urgent care they didn’t
really do much. Uh, they just like pushed on my stomach and said if it was appendicitis,
it would hurt more. You should just go home and rest. Which I did. And by the time that
a few hours had gone by, things just did not feel right. So I went to the emergency room, uh, at Brigham
and women’s Faulkner hospital with my girlfriend got there. They did some tests, um, and it
was a, after doing a cat scan, it was very clearly appendicitis. And before I knew it,
they had a surgical resident talking to me and saying, you should really remove it. We
could try antibiotics, but it’s not, you know, it’s slower. It could happen again. Um, well
you really should have your appendix removed then by this time it must have been close
to midnight. Absolute chaos at the emergency room and Faulkner hospital. It was actually
great. The, the experience of something that was terrible was made a lot less bad by the
great care that I received. But just to give you a sense of just how crazy it was, the
number of people that were needing to be restrained by security. And I mean, here’s just an example
of what was going on just right next door to where I was in the emergency room. Oh, [inaudible] yeah. And it just went on and on with people
saying they didn’t want to be held there against their will and you know, just absolute and
total chaos. Listen. [inaudible] yeah. So anyway, that was what, what was going
on while the surgical resident was trying to explain the procedure to me. And at one
point, I think she said, you know, the anesthesiologist is going to come talk you soon. And I think
I vaguely remember saying, that’s not the anesthesiologist is it? And it was a lighthearted
moment in the middle of what was otherwise not, not a fun day. Um, so things, I mean
it was like all night, eventually, you know, the anesthesiologist showed up. We talked
about the plan. Uh, I met the surgeon and here’s an interesting story by the way, about
the surgeon. Uh, the surgeon comes in and, uh, I find out that the surgeons specialty
a dr matinees who did a great job, he, uh, specializes in, uh, endocrine surgery. And
I’m thinking back, you know, not that long ago, I read the checklist manifesto by dr
a tool go on day here in who’s a great doctor here in Boston, uh, who also specializes in,
I believe it’s endocrine cancer surgery. So I said to my doctor, do you know a tool
go on day? And he said, yeah, we share an office actually. And, uh, one of the last
things I remember when I was a sedated already with very strong value, which is great, great,
great stuff. If you’re anxious, I have high medical anxiety, this stuff works. I remember
being in DOR and everybody going through in a way that was reminiscent of what a tool
go one day sort of developed and writes about in the checklist manifesto going through what
is each person on the O R teams, uh, what is the role of each person in the room? Who
is the patient? What are they doing? I remember actually saying, the last thing I remember
is, uh, it seems like everybody’s read the checklist manifesto and I remember people
in the room laughing and then waking up in the recovery room and um, it was like an hour
procedure. It went as well as these things I think can
go every day. I’ve been getting stronger, still not back to, to full strength, but it
was not a fun experience. I think 7% of the population ends up having their appendix removed
from what I was told. And, uh, I don’t wish it on anybody, but I’m glad that it was done.
And so far so good. A lot of people tweeting me saying, what am I going to end up paying?
I don’t know the answer to that. As many of you know, I pay $420 a month for my health
insurance, which is okay. And uh, many of you know about my $800 podiatry visit a few
months ago. I’ve looked up that the, uh, the procedure I had not including like the emergency
room component, just the procedure can range in the U S from 1500 to $180,000. Now I’m
guessing that there are other factors that affect that price other than just where you
have it done. The average cost of an appendectomy is $33,000
so far all I’ve gotten is the cat scan bill, which was billed at $368. My insurance has
graciously negotiated that down to three Oh two. But they pay none of it because I have
not yet reached my annual deductible of $2,000. So my approach is I’m sort of preparing for
being told I have to pay my full deductible that I’m going to owe $2,000 for this. Uh,
it could be more, it could be less. We will see, but I’m glad to be back and hopefully
a just up and up from here, but not a fun couple of days. And uh, thanks to everybody
who wrote in and said get well soon. Well wishes and all of that stuff. It really was
great hearing from people and we’ve got some voicemails coming up later, uh, related to
this as well.

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