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On Sunday, February 7, about 1pm AWST, I was headed to the room I use as an office to finally announce the winners of this year's Whattys when I felt something akin to someone standing in my abdomen hitting just below the right ribcage with an axe.

Despite having no medical training, I knew that this was not something I could just go to a GP, and "take two aspirin and call me in the morning". I called for an ambulance, and despite some horror stories about ambulances arriving too late, they were there in about 5 minutes. The did a quick triage and determined I need to go straight to the ER department. The medicos there determined that I need to go into the operating theatre ASAP.

And so, eight hours after the "attack" the surgeons had repaired a pierced bowel, stitching up the hole in it. I am currently on a ton of meds (9 different pills, twice a day). I may well have to take them for the rest of my life. As for that, I don't know how long my life is going to last, but I reckon (completely unscientific) that it's shaved at least 10 years off whatever amount of time the gods have allotted me.

And yet again, I am reminded of how lucky I am to live in a country with a Universal Healthcare system (Medicare). The only part of the whole procedure I'll have to pay for is the ambulance. That'll come to about $90 as I understand it. Given the job they did at getting to me and making the call to go straight to ER, I'd happily pay them $90,000.

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So there you have it mates - Life. And Death.
#death #life #mortality
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    Wow, some surprises suck. That sounds awful but glad you are at least out of immediate danger.

    Take care of yourself!

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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Riffle
    Glad to read that you're okay.

    At least we know the Gods' thoughts on the Whattys.
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  • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
    Crikey, that was a close shave - we nearly had to endure another Whattys winners thread!

    Seriously Whatty, that sounds hairy. Glad they caught it and acted in time and that you seem to be on the mend. Another reminder that health is priceless.

    Wishing you well, take care.
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    • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
      Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

      At least we know the Gods' thoughts on the Whattys.
      Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

      Crikey, that was a close shave - we nearly had to endure another Whattys winners thread!
      Gangs Of London. Source - usual place.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    someone standing in my abdomen hitting just below the right ribcage with an axe.

    When I finished reading I realized I had one hand over my rib cage....SO glad you were able to get help quickly. I'm sure the meds are high octane antibiotics.



    Glad you are still with us....


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  • Profile picture of the author DWolfe
    Wow that' a shock. Glad to hear you did the right thing and called for the Ambulance immediately. Great to see you are on the road to recovery. Hopefully in the future they can ween you off some of those meds. May you have a speedy recovery and live a long healthy life.
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  • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
    I'm truly sorry you went through this ordeal.


    I keep wanting to think of a joke...possibly including demonic garden gnomes...

    But it can wait. Get better.
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    That really sucks , Whatty. Glad you came out alright. A close one. Cheers to 100 yrs. old for you
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  • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
    This post is a testament to the kinda guy you are, so here's to health down there in Oz.


    Gotta figure them genrs meds counterbalance the way crazy spidahs.



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  • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
    Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

    On Sunday, February 7, about 1pm AWST, I was headed to the room I use as an office to finally announce the winners of this year's Whattys when I felt something akin to someone standing in my abdomen hitting just below the right ribcage with an axe.

    Despite having no medical training, I knew that this was not something I could just go to a GP, and "take two aspirin and call me in the morning". I called for an ambulance, and despite some horror stories about ambulances arriving too late, they were there in about 5 minutes. The did a quick triage and determined I need to go straight to the ER department. The medicos there determined that I need to go into the operating theatre ASAP.

    And so, eight hours after the "attack" the surgeons had repaired a pierced bowel, stitching up the hole in it. I am currently on a ton of meds (9 different pills, twice a day). I may well have to take them for the rest of my life. As for that, I don't know how long my life is going to last, but I reckon (completely unscientific) that it's shaved at least 10 years off whatever amount of time the gods have allotted me.

    And yet again, I am reminded of how lucky I am to live in a country with a Universal Healthcare system (Medicare). The only part of the whole procedure I'll have to pay for is the ambulance. That'll come to about $90 as I understand it. Given the job they did at getting to me and making the call to go straight to ER, I'd happily pay them $90,000.

    ~

    So there you have it mates - Life. And Death.
    Truly sorry to hear this Whatty. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    Funny, I had some sort of premonition that something might be wrong as you did not follow through with your awards, not like you to balk on that.

    And now for some appalling pun jokes about it:

    Somebody must have advised you to stay regular and open your Bowles more, bad advice, you were stitched up and made a thread about it once you cottoned on.

    Relieved to hear you are alive and kicking but important that you can still punch. Much work still to be done in that area.

    I did my lower back in about 6 days ago, old war wound, pretty much laid up, only now do I have less pain and becoming more mobile, anything debilitating like that puts your life on hold. What do the docs say about what you have in regards to mobility and pain etc?
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  • Profile picture of the author Eagle07
    Sending prayers of vibrant health for you! Keep strong! Let's continue make some money
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    • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
      Originally Posted by Eagle07 View Post

      Sending prayers of vibrant health for you! Keep strong! Let's continue make some money
      I thought of sending prayers. But if God has read any of Whateverpedia's posts, I'm not sure it's wise to attract his attention.
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        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I thought of sending prayers. But if God has read any of Whateverpedia's posts, I'm not sure it's wise to attract his attention.
        Couldn't have said it better myself.
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      • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I thought of sending prayers. But if God has read any of Whateverpedia's posts, I'm not sure it's wise to attract his attention.

        Regulah business resoomed ...
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        • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
          Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

          Regulah business resoomed ...
          Couldn't have said it better myself.
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        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I thought of sending prayers. But if God has read any of Whateverpedia's posts, I'm not sure it's wise to attract his attention.
        Oh, God has definitely read Whatty's posts, and He's proven He has a sense of humor, too. Just think of all of Whatty's crappy jokes...
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        • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
          Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

          Oh, God has definitely read Whatty's posts, and He's proven He has a sense of humor, too. Just think of all of Whatty's crappy jokes...
          I always knew God had a sense of humor. But I didn't know he was cruel until I met you.
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        Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

        I thought of sending prayers. But if God has read any of Whateverpedia's posts, I'm not sure it's wise to attract his attention.
        It's not that simple. there is another interested Deity who lives Down Under and has been reading his posts. And we are not talking about the Tasmanian Devil.
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    Sucks but at least you're alive. Every day above ground is a good day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
    Next Stop on The Disastah Schedyool:

    Rifflepops' beard falls off an' spears a zillion ants to death, Claude accidentally walks into a wall while imaginin' he 12 stone 4, an' Fearo says sumthin' so funny I KILL A DACHSHUND peein' musself.

    We have evrythin' to live for, people.

    Trooly.
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      Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

      Next Stop on The Disastah Schedyool:

      Rifflepops' beard falls off an' spears a zillion ants to death, Claude accidentally walks into a wall while imaginin' he 12 stone 4, an' Fearo says sumthin' so funny I KILL A DACHSHUND peein' musself.

      We have evrythin' to live for, people.

      Trooly.
      I have your book princess: "How To Kill Ridiculously Shaped Dogs Using Unorthodox Methods"
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      • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
        Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

        I have your book princess: "How To Kill Ridiculously Shaped Dogs Using Unorthodox Methods"

        tbh I am quite the star with anythin' vaguely sausage shaped.
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        • Profile picture of the author whateverpedia
          Originally Posted by Princess Balestra View Post

          tbh I am quite the star with anythin' vaguely sausage shaped.
          Couldn't have said it better myself.


          (I seem to be getting great mileage out of a single post.)
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            Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

            Couldn't have said it better myself.


            (I seem to be getting great mileage out of a single post.)
            That's a mouthful for you.
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            • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
              Originally Posted by Dan Riffle View Post

              That's a mouthful for you.
              Hey...HEY! Stop it with the sausage linked posts.

              (Yes, there is a joke there)
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              • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                Hey...HEY! Stop it with the sausage linked posts.

                (Yes, there is a joke there)
                So you finally went and did a pun, well done, my correspondence course is beginning to pay off.

                I'm currently writing a theatrical production called: "Pun" It's a Play on words
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              • Profile picture of the author Princess Balestra
                Originally Posted by Claude Whitacre View Post

                Hey...HEY! Stop it with the sausage linked posts.

                (Yes, there is a joke there)

                Originally Posted by whateverpedia View Post

                Couldn't have said it better myself.


                (I seem to be getting great mileage out of a single post.)

                In the context of sausage linked posts, some would considah mention of 'great mileage' to be the most impropah talk evah.
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    Damn watty.... Glad you're ok.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    (I seem to be getting great mileage out of a single post.)

    Maybe because those posting think it's possible that in this thread they might actually HAVE the 'last word'?


    Been 11 days - hope you are feeling much better...


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  • Profile picture of the author dabbu347
    Just want to share my own experience of accident which I met on 23rd December, 2020. While going to my office (University) in morning collided with an person who was taking U-turn without looking back. As a result broke my left shoulder bone and foot. On visiting the orthopedic, he told that the shoulder bone has major fracture and foot has somewhat medium fracture. Around 10K (INR) was paid as fees, consultation and for applying plaster on both place.

    Life became still. just keep counting number of days one by one & after 1 and half month Doctor removed the plaster of foot and relaxed shoulder plaster to some extent. On 10th Feb, 2021 again Doctor took X-ray and told that bone has been fixed but did not allowed to drive. Suggested some exercises for fingers and other medicines.

    On 11th Feb, 2021 hired cab for one month and started going office once again to bring life to normal.
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  • oh god, it's very cool you are ok
    thanks for ambulance you are doing good
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