Thank you all for your thoughts, comments, well wishes, prayers, etc.
After a few hours being home yesterday, I decided 'better safe than sorry' and took myself to ER. I spent about 8 hours at the hospital having various unpleasantries done to me including an abdominal CT scan to get a good look at my internal organs and pinpoint the cause of my pain. For those of you who don't know, a CT scan of this sort includes drinking a ridiculous amount of a foul tasting "contrast material" and being injected with iodine. Not fun.
Anyway, the results showed that I am NOT suffering from appendicitis. Instead, the pain is coming from an ovarian cyst. This is actually a much better scenario. I was dismissed with after-care instructions including a follow-up visit next week. I am very happy to know that this will NOT require a CT scan, but simply an utrasound. What happens next is still up in the air, but there is a much better chance of having this work itself out than if it had been my appendix. So YAY!
I came home with a prescription for percocet which did a lovely job of taking the pain away, but had the unfortunate side effect of making me feel like I was 'flying' all night. Apparently, flying takes a lot out of a person because this morning I feel like I was in a boxing match with a kangaroo and lost.
I'm staying home today and hope to be back at work tomorrow.
I need to decide what to do about the race this weekend. I can tell you one thing, when I was waiting for the test results and thinking over the scenario of needing surgery and what recovery would mean, I realized (once again) how blessed we are every day that we are actually ABLE to get up in the morning and run, bike, and/or swim. It's so easy to take that for granted.
Take care and enjoy the rest of your week.