After a good month of painkillers, mom demanded a CT Scan. She knew something was horribly wrong. Finally, she started packing to head down to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and told her doctors she wanted all of her paperwork to be sent to Rochester.
At that time, the hospital in Grand Forks admitted her. After her CT Scan, they found an infection in her colon and treated it with anti-bacterial IV drip. Mom's pain wouldn't go away. After a week, they gave her another CT scan and told her that she would need surgery to have part of her colon removed.
She was so scared and wanted to go to Mayo. She thought they'd be able to cure her without the surgery. The surgeon gave her the option of transferring but made it clear that she would be having surgery.
My mom had her surgery on a Monday.
When she woke up, she had a colostomy bag. They told her they would re-attach her colon in a month's time.
It turns out one's intestine could burst like appendix do.
Mom was horrified. She looked down to find a belt wrapped around her abdomen with a bag to collect her waste.
We were just glad she wouldn't be in pain any more.