Here’s the top three sicknesses I’ve had:
Appendicitis/Peritonitis 1999: When I was 17 my appendix burst. My mom kept telling me, oh, you caught a flu bug, you’ll be ok. Well a week later I was very weak, so sick I could barely get out of bed to vomit green spinach colored vomit every 10 to 15 minutes. My temp wasn’t too high, only about 101 to 102. But the stomach pain was intense and I was hospitalized for 2 weeks. It became peritonitis. I had fever, sweats, inability to poop for well over a week, intense stomach pain like male child birth. Vomiting spinach green thick vomit, almost like spinach guacamole, if such a thing existed, and intense thirst. I wanted a drink so bad, anything. But they wouldn’t let me drink anything until the infection cleared up, or even eat soft foods. This particular ailment was about 95% deadly until modern medicine. Now, luckily, with antibiotics its only about 10% deadly. I was weak for about a month afterwords. It took me that long to fully recover at such a young age. I was home-schooled for that period of time, until I was fully better.
Bacterial Pneumonia/Smoker’s Asthma 2014: This one wasn’t that scary, in many ways, except for the intense fatigue and 62% Blood oxygen level and shortness of breath, it was milder than the flu in overall sick feeling. However, I knew I was much worse off than a flu victim. I was hospitalized for a week, At times I almost felt normal thanks to norco and percocet. At other times I drifted in and out of sleep filled with weird dreams and short of breath anytime I slowly ambled off the hospital bed. General Bacterial pneumonia has a 5% mortality rate untreated and severe Bacterial pneumonia has a 20% mortality rate if left untreated. Asthma can be bad too and here I was first diagnosed with it.
Flu 1997: What made it so bad was I think it was the Bird Flu. It could have killed me I suppose, If I got it know with my current issues. High fever, body/back aches, and even delirium are what made this one really bad. It went away then relapsed when I got the original playstation for Christmas. Lasted a few more days then finally I got better.
How about you, what were the hardest times in your life related to your own personal ailments?