This week I have become very knowledgeable about the appendix. My youngest daughter had an inflamed appendix and had to be rushed to hospital.
Trust me on this, an inflamed appendix can bring you a lot of unexpected life chaos, even if you’re not the one suffering from it.
Up until this week I knew nothing about the small, pouch-like-sac of tissue that is located in the first part of the colon. Now I feel pretty confident I could answer some quiz questions on it.
Anyway, my daughter’s appendix was just grumbling and in the end, after a lot of stress, emotion, time spent in an uncomfortably warm hospital ward, hours of waiting around for test results, endless cups of tea and a sleepless night spent on a busy ward it did not get removed.
Before all this chaos I had no idea that this worm shaped tube which exists inside our bodies has anger issues. Apparently it can become irritable quite quickly. From what I can gather it either then explodes with rage or in my daughter’s case, forgets all about its grumpiness and goes back to sitting quietly next to the colon. I love the fact we have a body organ which has anger issues!
So, this week my writing played a different role in my life, it helped me get through the life chaos.
As writers we often moan about our writing a lot and I am guilty of this. We become obsessed with word counts, drafts, social media and possible final destinations for our work. We lose sight of the magical therapeutic benefits writing can offer us.
This is how my writing helped me through the life chaos brought on by an inflamed appendix:
- I found writing about the life chaos in diary form really useful. This cleared my mind and got rid of all negative thoughts. Once I had got stuff down and taken the emotion out of a situation I was better equipped to face the next medical hurdle.
- In quiet times whilst we were waiting for results my blog series character Roxy Collins took my mind away from the life chaos. I recalled a post I had done a few weeks ago where Roxy makes an unexpected appearance on stage at a music gig and sings a ‘Meatloaf’ song with a band. This brought a much-needed smile to my face.
- When I was having a sleepless night on the busy children’s ward and my daughter had gone to sleep, making notes about my current W.I.P was a godsend. Writing can sometimes be a wonderful distraction.
- Viewing the appendix as a fictional character with anger issues has at times taken the stress away for my daughter and I.
- Whilst spending hours waiting for test results I asked my daughter her ideas on names for Roxy’s fourth child. This helped take both our minds off the tests.
This week has taught me so many things although at times its felt like a biology lesson.
Unexpected life chaos has helped me to appreciate my writing and I am grateful I have a creative outlet for my mind.
Writing for me is not just about getting my work published, it’s also a wonderful tool for helping get through unexpected life chaos.
I can’t believe I am going to say this, but thank god I am a writer!
Do you find your writing helps you through a stressful life event?
Before I go here are my reasons why I think the appendix has anger issues:
- In view of its size maybe it has small organ syndrome? Maybe it has an inferiority complex about its size?
- For years we have been talking about it being a useless organ. Maybe it gets irritable so quickly because it actually has an important role to play and we have been ignoring this? I have actually read somewhere that new research shows it may indeed serve a purpose and protect beneficial bacteria living in the gut.
- Maybe the appendix finds the colon annoying? I mean in view of the size of the colon compared to the appendix it must be like an annoying large friend. Maybe the appendix looks for an opportunity to break free from its mate, the colon?
- Maybe the appendix is like a quiet person who rarely says anything BUT when annoyed they really lose it?
Have a lovely day 🌸
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