I can’t believe I’m actually here, typing this.


Last night at about 11pm I had a sudden onslaught of abdomen pain like I have never felt before in my life time.  It had me doubling over and gripping the sheets, trying to ride it out.

Only, the “ride it out” part still hadn’t happened some 8 minutes later.  A piercing pain in my abdomen longer than 8 minutes?  I’m sorry – but when did I go in to labour again?

While mentally ticking off which of my items would go to who when I died, I simultaneously listed the various things I’d contracted in the last half an hour, intel kindly provided via Google:

  1. cancer
  2. gallstones
  3. appendacitis
  4. pancreatis
  5. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (more like “INFURIATED”, but anyway)
  6. Spastic colon

By this time I had already wrapped a scarf around my neck and put on my fluffy slippers in preparation for a hospital trip.  The only thing keeping me was waking anyone up – I felt terrible.  I kept thinking, if I can wait fifteen more minutes, it’ll give them that much more sleep.

After reminding myself that no one should ever, under any circumstances, Google their symptoms, I decided to physically walk the pain out.  Trying to keep my mind off of it.  About an hour of pacing up and down my room like Qausimodo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, reassuring my worried cats (I’m sure it had nothing to do with the open packet of Gourmet chicken cat food laying on my side table) deciding to and then chickening out of waking my housemates to take me to the hospital, as suddenly as it had appeared, so the searing pain stopped.

I was left thinking it had all been in my imagination.  I felt like a right fool.  And then I remembered that it was okay, no one had seen me – no one knew my shame.  Which is when I decided to blog about it, immediately.

Honestly, I prepared myself to die last night. I’m really glad I didn’t.


  1. Heidi says:

    Front and back, lower abdomen?

    Been feeling under the weather lately – feverish at all?

    Kidney infections are in vogue right now.

    Just sayin…

  2. Taryn says:

    Never ever Google your symptoms 😛 I managed to develop cancer, require a bowel resection, and possibly rectal cancer all from a little bit of wind (‘scuse the TMI)
    Hope you’re feeling better dude! Go have it checked out, sounds kidney related

  3. Amy says:

    I agree with the whole kidney-related thing – get it checked out chickie. A friend of mine kept getting sharp little pains and then a sore back and ending up having a kidney infection that kept her in hospital for a week.

    Not trying to scare you though….

  4. sass says:

    ouch!!! man, pain in the gut must be one of the WORST things ever! i once landed up in hospital on morphine for that! hope it’s nothing, though!

  5. Jon says:

    My first reaction to this was to say that you were being silly and that you should have rather called! But I’d probably have waited it out too, hate waking people up.

  6. Nayes says:

    Hmmm… I’m glad you didn’t die too. I had a kidney infection once. I imagine that’s the kind of pain you’re talking about. Not so fun. But yeah – I probably would have curled up into a ball and cried myself to sleep. This is my cure for most things.

  7. Mam says:

    Why didn’t you phone your mam, you know I would have hijacked a plane and got there in an hour or had about five ambulances at the house on the hill along with about twenty five private doctors/surgeons to keep you safe and not alone and certainly woken Jon up demanding to get to my girl. Never go this alone again Sheena-Laura I hardly ever sleep anyway and know many late night home remedies. Hope you had a better night tonight. Love you.

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