I Experienced An Emergency Appendectomy
Author: Connie B.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Word Count: 964
Questions Received: 1
Testimonial ID: 8424-OR
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I wanted to share my use of essential oils when I had my emergency appendectomy on June 4th, 2008.
I woke up in the middle of the night, April 29th with a sharp pain in my right lower abdomen after rolling over in bed. I assumed I had pulled a muscle. The pain persisted in my lower right abdomen for about four to five days.
I sent up a prayer that I did not have time for this pain and asked that it be taken care of. I felt bloated, blocked and constipated. The pain was more like an aggravation and very energy draining. I flew one day trips on the 1st and 3rd of May (I am a flight attendant) and felt the pressure in my abdomen increase. I was thankful that I did not have to fly again until the 18th having cleared my schedule off due to my parents coming to visit.
When the pain started, I immediately used Reiki and applied Peppermint and PanAway for the pain and DiGize and extra Fennel for the bloating. I found an essential oil pain relief formula and decided to try applying that to my stomach also. The pain went away after about five to six days.
Thinking back on the chain of events, I believe I stemmed the inflammation with the use of the essential oils because the oils I used are very powerful at fighting inflammation.
Then on Jun 3rd, I felt sudden heartburn (which I rarely get) and the pain in the exact same spot in my lower right abdomen. In the next few hours, I started feeling blocked, bloated, and constipated once again. This was the exact pain and feeling that I had felt in late April only a bit more intense this time. I performed one massage on a friend on Jun 4th. Afterwards, I was totally drained of all energy.
I finally decided to call a doctor to see what was going on in my body. My doctor was out for the day but I was able to see the physician assistant. She could barely touch my abdomen and told me to go immediately to the emergency room. I did make a side trip home to get my husband, pack a bag and retrieve my oils.
Once at the hospital, I took a capsule of Valerian oil (I thought I had grabbed Vetiver also but instead I had two Valerian) and one capsule of Cistus and Helichrysum mixed. On nights that I have not been able to fall asleep, I fill a capsule full and know that within 20 minutes, I need to be in bed. Who needs sleeping pills when you can take a very natural essential oil.
I have read and heard that in Ecuador they are giving the patients capsules filled with Valerian, Vetiver, Helichrysum and Peppermint just prior to surgery to help with post-op pain and recovery. In medieval times, Valerian was referred to as "all Heal" because they used it for everything. It has a very unpleasant smell but is sedative and is tranquilizing to the central nervous system.
I continued to rub Peppermint and Wintergreen on my abdomen. The emergency room doc asked what smelled so minty and I told him what I was doing. He immediately cautioned me that Wintergreen was a very dangerous essential oil to use. I said "I know, its like taking aspirin." He responded it is stronger than aspirin.
The nurses commented that I was very calm for someone about to go into surgery. I looked at my husband and said they don't know I just took a very natural form of valium. Of course, my husband told me I had to tell the doctors what I had taken. When the doctor came in, I did tell him I had taken a capsule of Valerian for pain and to help calm me and a capsule of Cistus and Helichrysum for any internal bleeding that might take place.
I emerged from surgery around midnight. I don't remember much until the next morning. The nurse woke me at 5:30 to take my vitals and asked if I wanted any pain meds. I told her I was not in any pain. I was walking the halls around 9am and never went back to bed. Everyone kept coming in and telling me they did not believe I had just had surgery. The doctor came in around 4pm that day and released me; however, he did tell me that the appendix had a tear and had leaked into my abdomen so he wanted me on antibiotics for another week.
As a side note, my hospital roommate had just had her uterus removed two days before and was feeling very emotional. I told her to sit in a chair while I rubbed Valor on her neck. I sent healing energy as I held her neck and shoulders. When she stood up, she stood taller and said she could not believe how she felt. She just stood there for about ten to fifteen minutes because it was the first time in days that she could stand tall without pain.
I think I was very foolish to not see a doctor about my pain immediately. However, I truly felt that the oils helped stem the inflammation from my appendix in the beginning of May and helped with the recovery of the surgery with such ease.
A side note on using essential oils: I only use Young Living because of their purity and high quality. Do not expect the same results with other essential oils.
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