About the Book
“Diverticulosis happens when pouches, “diverticula” form in the wall of the colon. If these pouches get inflamed or infected, it is called diverticulitis. Diverticulitis can be very painful.” – WebMD
On May 22, I awoke to serious abdominal pain. This book is an illustrated account of the ensuing six weeks. I was diagnosed with Diverticulitis. My life suddenly lay in the hands of the medical system. The month of June was full of eye opening experiences in health and illness. A fistula is a hole, I had one in my colon and it abscessed into the surrounding fatty tissue to form a large pocket of infected bacterial funk. This raised my condition to a complex status. Surgery was a must, yet I had to get relatively healthy before going under the knife. My diet was restricted from either; no food, to only clear liquids to low fiber foods. I lost 30 pounds in six weeks. I sweat through shirts and sheets every night. For two weeks I had to wear a drainage bag that was attached by a tube which entered my stomach. In addition I wore a portable IV backpack that pumped antibiotics into a PICC line that was thread through a vein extending from my elbow to my heart. I was physically encumbered, and mentally anguished. I was consumed by medical concerns and worst case scenarios. I was in pain and afraid. My friend Jeff gave me a sketch book during my first stint in the hospital. I drew a lot. For six weeks before surgery, I traveled to the dark corners of my mind. This illustrated book is a cathartic release and a way to put that dreadful period of growth behind me.