I've had a persistent pain for days, on my right side. I was convinced it was nothing but a pulled muscle but it continued.
This morning the pain was intense but I went to work anyway because I was afraid what would happen if I didn't. But I was also concerned about this pain. Some of the women at work had heard or saw I was in pain and stopped by to give me their diagnosis: tumors, cysts, intestinal blockages, ectopic pregnancy. No matter what their suggestion was I was dying.
At lunch, I promised Bill to see the doctor if the pain persisted to the weekend.
About a half hour later, though, the pain was very intense. Finally, it was so bad I couldn't walk. I let my co-workers convince me to allow an ambulance to be called.
They took me to the hospital where it seemed several thousand uncomfortable and invasive tests were taken. Finally, a diagnosis came back. I have appendicitis and will need to have surgery. The surgery is schedule for, well, forty-five minutes from now.
I'm scared. I don't want to be cut open. Help. I don't want to die!