On January seventh, a Wednesday, I first started to experience what would become this life changing development. The night before this I had difficulty sleeping due to a sharp sting in my right side. The tenderness had subsided by the time morning came, and I went to school like on any regular day. However when I returned home, I once again experienced this peculiar type of pain. I thought it was perhaps a pulled muscle or some other injury of that nature, so I decided to tolerate it and see if it would disappear. Friday the hurting seemed much worse. I decided I would arrange an appointment with a doctor if the soreness persisted. Much to my surprise that evening, the ache in my side mysteriously disappeared, or so I thought it did. I felt perfectly normal until Saturday evening around five o’clock. The intense sting in my right side returned, only about twice as painful as before. It was ...
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...efore it burst entirely, which saved me a lot of time in the hospital. The whole ordeal changed me both physically and mentally. At the time I was so caught up in the moment I barely understood the seriousness of the situation. That night I realized that if medical technology was not as advanced, or if doctors were not as intelligent as they are, I might not be alive today. In addition to giving me a renewed respect for those who study medicine, my appendicitis instilled in me a more realistic way of thinking. I now have a fuller understanding of why I should be thankful to be alive, and I will not forget it anytime soon. Before my appendix burst, being seriously hurt seemed like it could never happen to me, but after having surgery I realized that I was not as invincible as I once thought I was, and I began to comprehend my actions before I performed them.
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