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Appendicitis preventive surgery
PREVENTIVE SURGERY
08 September 2011

On Monday they operate mre for appendicitis, as prevention of a potential risk, facing the South Pole expedition.

I don't have any pain, I am perfectly healthy, and I have not any symptom that can worry me.

Although it seems crazy, la lot of people who does extreme activities have done it as a prevention action:  Ocean sailors, workers at oil platforms, alpinists, astronauts, etc... and, obviously, expeditionary, workers or scientists staying for long periods at the Antarctica.

I have it in mind since some years ago, and I have some few nearby cases which died or were very near to die due to a peritonitis (when it inflames and exploits the appendix ).

Despite the Probabilities that are little, our Expedition involves many days of exposure to this risk, and if were evacuated, the media time is from 2 to 4 days... and with a peritonitis, you die in that time! And with the adventures I have in mind for next years, I would be in similar situations quiet soon.

Although it may seem the contrary, I do not like the risk itself.  I love ambitious projects and some time extreme projects, and that means sometimes having to assume risk to achieve them.  But everything that can be under control, is better to anticipate... after, once in the middle of the war, we will have to manage our resources  to over come some critical situations.

Those adventure projects require a great commitment in a lot of ways.

And as always, the theory is very nice, but is what counts: On Monday I enter the operating room, I operate with total anesthesia, I'll be several days in the hospital, and a couple of quiet weeks without training... Mamma: I'm afraid!!

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José Arellano
02 February 2015
14:18 H
Excelente escrito Albert. Soy Marino Mercante y también he decidido jugar el número mas seguro de esa lotería que llaman apendicitis. Pues no sabemos cuando nos pueda tocar. Al igual que tus riesgos en ir a la Antártida, también supone un enorme riesgo ser portador de ese trozo de nada que llaman apéndice en medio del océano. Y como te sucede a ti. Ando un poco inquieto sabiendo que me operaran , pero puedo ir tranquilamente sin preocupaciones con mi equipo en la inmensidad de la mar. Que curioso no. Bueno así funciona nuestra psiquis, tal vez se deba a un tema netamente de adaptación. Como todos los días no vamos de hospital en hospital solicitando ser operado , pienso sea eso lo más lógico a nuestro caso. Mucho éxito en tu proyecto.
Andrea Corominas
14 September 2011
11:07 H
Bon dia Albert, sóc la metgesa l'anestesiòleg de l'Hospital General de Vic que et vaig adormir pel l'apendicectomia. Espero que estiguis bé et recuperis el més ràpid possible i aconsegueixis els teus objectius i somnis.
Una forta abraçada i molta sort.
Andrea Corominas
Miquel
12 September 2011
11:10 H
Ok Albert. Això és un tràmit més important i necessari. Espero que et recuperis aviat.
Francesc Comellas
09 September 2011
17:03 H
Ben fet, com bé dius és un tema en el que molts aventurers extrems han hagut de fer el mateix, un no es pot jugar la vida per una tonteria com aquesta, res, pocs dies de recuperació i ha fotra canya. Una estona ben curta!!!. Salut
Manuel Granada
09 September 2011
13:57 H
Es curisoso amigo Albert, te da pánico ponerte en manos de un cirujano especialista -que probablemente habrá operado miles de apendicitis a lo largo de su carrera- y sin embargo, te vas a un lugar verdaderamente inhóspito con total tranquilidad y con la confianza en tí y en tu equipo¡¡¡. Me parece bien, pero no deja de sorprendenderme.
Sobre el tema de "operación preventiva", permíteme que tome este post como inspiración para la próxima reunión que tengo con un cliente la semana que viene.
Espero no me cobres por el copyright¡¡¡.
No sé si desearte mas suerte en lo de la apendicitis o en la expedición......bueno, 50% para ambas. Un abrazo.
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