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Blogging From The Hospital

written by John Chow on December 2, 2008


Last night, after the Tazzu networking meet up, I got a stomach ache. I thought maybe I had a bad pork chop but my tummy had acted up three times in the past week. The pain got greater as I drove home.

I took a couple of Tums but that didn’t seem to help. It anything it made the pain in my tummy even worst. Unable to sleep, and with pain getting greater, I decided it was best to check into the emergency at the Richmond Hospital to see if they can give me anything for it.

One interesting thing about checking into emergency – you get to repeat yourself a lot. You have to tell your problem to the first nurse who sees you. Then you tell it again to the nurse who admits you. Then tell it one more time to the doctor on staff. I’m sure there’s a better way of doing this.

They took some blood out of me, took a urine sample and hooked me up to an IV with a morphine drip, which made the stomach pain go away. After the doctor reviewed the results from the blood and urine, he said there might be something wrong with my liver. He wanted to keep me in the hospital overnight so we can run an ultrasound in the morning.

The next morning, which is today, the morning doctor talked to me and gave me an update. He said my liver was “not happy” and they need to do an ultrasound to find out what’s going on. After the ultrasound, I got transferred to the MAU unit. I’m waiting for the doctor to come and give me the results of the ultrasound.

In the mean time, I’m not allowed to eat or drink anything. I’m getting quite hungry right now. It’s 2PM and I’ve already missed breakfast and lunch. The nurse has no idea how much longer I’ll be waiting. Hopefully, I’ll be able to go home today because it’s really boring here. Good thing Sarah brought over my Mac Air so I can do my first, and hopefully last, hospital blog post.

I’ll update this post once the doctor gets here. Hopefully, I am OK.

*Update – It looks like I have gallblabber stones. The doctor is going to keep me here another night and run more tests in the morning to see if I should go into surgery to have the stones remove. No food at all today or tonight.

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rowell December 2, 2008 at 2:25 pm

That’s terrible John. I hope you get well soon.

Aldhis December 2, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Hi, we happen to have the same, John. I also have a bad diarrhea last Monday.
But I’m okay now. I hope you too.
Get well soon!

michael December 2, 2008 at 3:45 pm

Get Well Soon John.

ATLANTA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER December 3, 2008 at 2:46 pm

For some reason after reading everyone’s comments I have a sudden urge to watch the classic, “ferris bueller’s day off.” Anyone care to join me?

[email protected] December 6, 2008 at 4:33 pm

hope you are now feeling better John

blogmerchant December 2, 2008 at 6:28 pm

John, that’s too bad. All that fine dining!

The wife just had her gall bladder out last month. They could see stones in the ultrasound.

Trevor December 2, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Wow, and I just got my leg injured.

We do have lots of things in common!

ATLANTA WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER December 3, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Live from Richmond Hospital or at least was the hospital. Story has it that millionaire blogger John “Chowda” Chow attempted to blog on his mac air during the ultra sound when it sparked a chain reaction. It passed through the the entire hospital causing it to literally implode. More news to come at 11

dcr December 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Hope everything turns out okay!

Michael Kwan December 2, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Hope you get well soon, John. I guess you’re starting to pay the price for all those oversweetened iced coffees and all that eating out.

Mike December 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Hi John, Just saw your post on twitter, my thoughts and prayers are with you today…Mike

Bash Bosh December 2, 2008 at 2:34 pm

I hope that you will get well soon ;)

Pheak.T December 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm

i took my sister in law to the emergency room just yesterday about a stomach ache or pain, but it turns out she had a kidney stone and was released the same day about 9 hours later, having to repeat yourself sucks especially when you’re in no position to do so. hope all is well and nothing serious

Monty - December 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Hope your fine. Take Care.

Ryan McLean December 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Sucks that you are in hospital. Awesome that you can post from there though

Ashley December 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm


So what do you think of the health care up in Canada? I saw “Sicko” and it seemed like Michael Moore was trying to say that everyone in Canada loves thier health care system – your comment about repeating yourself and how inefficient that is made wonder what you think of the health care over all.

Anyway, get some rest, drink plenty of water, and get well soon!


John Chow December 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm

I look at it this way, when I check into a hospital in Canada, I never have to worry about a bill. Sicko made the Canada health care system look great. Really, the only thing great about it is it’s universal and available to all Canadians. Wait times and stuff are as bad as the US. Maybe worst.

Sid Savara December 2, 2008 at 4:35 pm

I just watched that movie as well. Get well soon I’ll be checking to see how you are doing!

Carl - December 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Too much eating! Only joking, hope you’re feeling better soon.

Kind regards,

Anthony December 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Hope you get well soon John!

Steven-Sanders December 2, 2008 at 3:03 pm

Looks like you’ll have to do away with the Beer. So much with life being worthless without it. :)

Tina December 2, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Looks like hospitals around the world have the same problem in regards to patients having to repeat themselves. I had to do this recently when we had to take one of our children in to Emergency.

Hope you’re feeling 100% real soon!

Chadimoglou December 2, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Wishing you a speedy recovery John!

Guillermo December 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I wish you a quick recovery John! Get better soon!

X-Factor Blog December 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Sorry to hear you are in hospital John, get better soon…

Domain Marvelous December 2, 2008 at 3:09 pm

I also came “running” from twitter to check out as to what is wrong with my favorite blogger. Hope things turn out right!!! Try a liver flush drink (lemon, olive oil and garlic drink) and thins would turn out right in 2 weeks. God bless you :)

Domain Marvelous December 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm

sorry typo, I meant things would turn out right in 2 weeks….

Freeman LaFleur December 2, 2008 at 3:12 pm

I’m praying for you man…

Daniel December 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Get well dude!

Stephen December 2, 2008 at 3:14 pm

There is a direct correlation between high sugar consumption and liver damage. All that sugar is catching up to you (or that horrid chemical ASPARTAME that you love so much in your DIET COKES).

Dot Com Pho Crew now has permission to enact extraordinary measures. We are obligated to smack John upside the head if he touches anything sugary. If not to keep him alive, but so we can entertain ourselves too.

Get well and no poaching lollipops from the Dr.’s office!

James Wilcox December 2, 2008 at 4:37 pm

It’s not only sugar but high sugar carbohydrates. I should know, I was diagnosed with having high triglycerides in my blood. My friend calls it “chubby blood”. All those fried foods, starchy foods like noodles, white breads, potatoes…those are all spiking your blood sugar and wreaking havoc on your liver and kidneys.

It can easily develop into adult diabetes if you aren’t careful. Cut out the high-fat, high-starch carbohydrates and other sugars and you’ll be healthy in no time.

TYCP Entertainment Magazine December 3, 2008 at 9:28 am

Damn. Did you ever study to become a doctor or did you just do your research?

Monica Hamburg December 2, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Get well soon, John. Hope your liver gets “happier” soon (perhaps you tell it that it looks fetching today, or play mariachi music…?)

Rebecca December 2, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Get well soon John!

Julie December 2, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Oh man, and unhappy liver doesn’t sound like a good thing. I hope you get some answers that is “happy” news, and you’re feeling better soon!

Casey @ BwhoUR December 2, 2008 at 3:26 pm

My guess is that the photos you send us of your lunches from now on are going to look alittle duller than usual? Bland and un-exciting is what a body likes… but not your taste buds!

Feel better John!

MJ Ankenman December 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Sending your liver get well wishes and you too!!

AverageGal December 2, 2008 at 3:34 pm

I hope you’re feeling well soon!

Rob J December 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Get well soon! Being in hospital sucks – boring, sterile, and above all, not home.

Al Young December 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Get well soon John. Hope you can still enjoy a full dining meal soon.

bob goh December 2, 2008 at 3:35 pm

John, get well soon!

Shannon December 2, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Feel better John : (

Grant Griffiths December 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm

Hang in there John and hope you get to go home soon. Great that you have Internet access in the hospital however. Not common around here.

steven wilson December 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Get well soon John,and I hope it is not serious.I will have some extra lunch for you.

MLDina December 2, 2008 at 3:49 pm

I hope you get well soon John! Let us know if there’s anything we can do for you!

Bonnie December 2, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Hope you and your liver are well soon John

Gideon Shalwick December 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Sorry to hear the news John.

Yeah, hospitals can be a real pain. I’m sure they’ll look after you well though.

Hope you get better soon!

Dwayne December 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Get better soon, I know you got to hate being in that hospital. I will tell all my friends to say a prayer for you, I will do that same.

PlayGameMakeMoney December 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Hope you get well soon John! You should take some more rest.

Ryan Cousineau December 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Not to alarm you or anything, but the likely reason they’ve stopped your food and water is in case they need to pop you into surgery right quick.

There’s also some tests, mostly blood tests, where they don’t want your blood sugar and other stuff all messed up, but that wouldn’t explain withholding water.

moneca yardley December 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm

hey john,

i would love to do a virtual quantum biofeedback on you. i just need your name, date of birth and where you are born to run the analysis. just go to my web page and see the info. this is what i do for a living so you can count this as a promo for your shoutout.

would love to see if the info will be informative for you. may provide insight to the whole event.

be well, moneca

Josten December 2, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Stop eating out so much

TYCP Entertainment Magazine December 3, 2008 at 9:34 am

An unhappy liver could be a number of things.

Blogevolution2.0 December 2, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Hey John, I’m just now reading your post at a little after 7pm est. So I hope by now all is well with you. Feel better buddy. :-)

Paddy Bloggit December 2, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Get well soon John!

Jordan Pearce December 2, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Take care of yourself today and get well soon!

Hospitals. Can you say boooor-ing. Lucky you have your laptop, family and lots of fans with you! Tell them to hurry it up so you can get the heck out of there.

Kile Gates December 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Man that really sucks. Perhaps its all that sea food you are eating? My dad had sushi and he got really really sick from it. I hope you get better. Keep us updated!

John Berringer December 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Get well soon John.

I went through something similar not long ago, so I know what it is like.

All the best,


X-Factor Blog December 2, 2008 at 4:48 pm

John, don’t worry about the diet, just wash it down with more red wine in future & all will be ok…

Shaun Carter December 2, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Get well soon John!

Vendingmatic December 2, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Sorry to hear that you have fallen ill. A few years ago the same thing happened. I kept getting pain in my chest after I ate and it turned out to be my gall blader which had to be removed. Hope it something simple and that you get out of the hospital quick.

Nick December 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

Hope you feel better soon! At least you can still blog from there and not get behind on your “work”

liciece December 2, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Hopefully you can kick off the illness the sooner the better.

Ganesh - Online Bull December 2, 2008 at 5:53 pm

That’s terrible. I hope you get well soon.

Seo Creations December 2, 2008 at 5:59 pm

John, Get Well Soon and Take care of your diet

Make money online December 2, 2008 at 6:03 pm

oh thats sad….

Don’t worry john, wishes of all the people over the world is with you :)
Get Well Soon

samuraijack December 2, 2008 at 6:18 pm

i hope you will soon feel better…….keep your head up though, troubles are for humans and you are the kind of man that when sees trouble he sees the solution too…

Simon Lau December 2, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Get well soon my friend. You’ll need to be well rested and recovered for the holidays and CES.

Mama BoK December 2, 2008 at 6:33 pm

Get well soon..!! Gall Bladder stones does hurt big time. I hope you won’t need surgery .. because sometimes.. it does get pass out with your urine. Take care..!

Ray Ebersole December 2, 2008 at 6:39 pm

John, we are all wishing you well. Take care.

max December 2, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Holy Crap John, I had the same problem like 2 months ago and checked into emergency room. (at that time I had no insurance) and paid like $4000 for some check-up and vicodin.

Later I found out there’s also free clinics in SF.

Anyways, I had the same stomach ache over the last couple days again, that’s weird huh?

Get well soon and skip the surgery anyway you can! =)

TYCP Entertainment Magazine December 3, 2008 at 9:36 am

$4000? Jesus H. Christ. I’m assuming you live in the US? Something really has to be done about the healthcare here.

Brady Ware December 2, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Please tell me that if something happens to you that your son, chowmoney will not take over the blog. I think sally would provide more valuable content at her young age. All jokes aside get well soon. Do they have wifi or are you using your iphone to connect?

tracy December 2, 2008 at 7:01 pm

I hear you’re very hungry, want to share this burger? :D

J/K! You’ll be fine, with medical technology these days you won’t feel a thing.

Oyster December 2, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Hope you get well soon, John

About the repeating yourself too many times.
John that is a good thing, the doctors just want to make sure they are amputating the correct finger, hand or leg …. :)


James December 2, 2008 at 7:18 pm

Hope you get better soon!

tivitune December 2, 2008 at 7:21 pm

i hope you become better john. :)

Shane December 2, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Get well John!

BusinessX December 2, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Best wishes John Chow, don’t want anything to happen to you. Take care of yourself.

On the other hand, being a dotcom mogul has the benefit of doing what you need regardless of where you are. Just as you have demonstrated.

Li Weng December 2, 2008 at 8:24 pm

Get well soon buddy. You’re a strong man!

Seo Creations December 3, 2008 at 7:16 am

Yup and good blogger who always write even in hospital

TYCP Entertainment Magazine December 3, 2008 at 9:37 am

Only John would think about blogging from the hospital!

clickusername December 2, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Get well soon. Hope you’re better tomorrow. What’s the first thing you’re going to eat? Whatever it is, just remember, moderation.

Moulinneuf December 2, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Hope you get well soon

uwak December 2, 2008 at 10:48 pm

hope you get healthy soon……up drink fresh water really help your condition.

Play Games Win Prizes December 3, 2008 at 12:26 am

John, I do hope you the best, but to be honest, you had it coming. I’m not sure if you have read my previous comments on your “food” posts or if anyone else mentioned it, but all that eating out has to go somewhere. If you maintain a yearly blood checkup, it would allow you to eat out more because you’ll a least know what’s happening.

I know I’m just assuming it’s from the food you eat, but LIVER problems are usually caused by what you eat. Anyways, I do hope you the best though because no one deserves this and hopefully you get out fine :)


Play Games Win Prizes December 3, 2008 at 12:27 am

Health is absolutely MORE important than blogging, but hopefully you realize that :) Maybe following the rules in the hospital would be a start :D


Funny Chix Dot Com December 3, 2008 at 5:17 am

Sorry you can’t eat anything, John. But not to worry ~ I’m taking up the slack. Best wishes.

mohan December 3, 2008 at 6:29 am

Ohh noo.. You are a Perfect Blogger :d , Get Well soon john !!

Chris Jacobson December 3, 2008 at 9:01 am

Hopefully you recover soon, John!

angelin December 3, 2008 at 9:07 am

I know why u are sick.. :) .. because u make money online.. and I ? No :) I’m a poor guy :) so.. if u want to be fine.. :d Teach me.. How i can make money online :D Good Luck John.. and come .. home soon.. :D:D:D

TYCP Entertainment Magazine December 3, 2008 at 9:39 am

Uh, he pretty much tells you how to make money in his blog.

TYCP Entertainment Magazine December 3, 2008 at 9:27 am

It’s a good thing you went to the hospital. You can never be too safe when it comes to your vital organs. Hope you’re better soon.

ZK@Internet Marketing Blog December 3, 2008 at 11:48 am

hope to see you back in action soon

the Blogoholic December 3, 2008 at 11:57 am

No food! Then who’s gonna order all those fancy meals at the restaurants, John?

Just playin’, get well soon :P

Laura-Whateverebay December 3, 2008 at 8:42 pm

OMg.So sorry. For them to run an IV w/ morphine means that you were in great deal of stress! its scary… I know, I took my Dad in for similar symptoms and it was his gallbladder. He was scared! :) The good thing is you went in right away…… Hey, fasting is good for the body…. maybe you can focus on meditation ….. Hope you have a speedy recovery :)

Robert C. Potter December 4, 2008 at 4:48 pm

John Chow Sez..


“One interesting thing about checking into emergency – you get to repeat yourself a lot. You have to tell your problem to the first nurse who sees you. Then you tell it again to the nurse who admits you. Then tell it one more time to the doctor on staff. I’m sure there’s a better way of doing this.”

End Quote..

Ditto to the above remarks..

My father was having pain in his side, trouble breathing, and his pluse was abnormally high for a man in his 80′s. We first got him to the local clinic to see if he had his usual pneumonia, which seems like it afflicted him every winter.

Not only did he have a bout of pneumonia, but an X-Ray also revealed blood clots near his lungs, which needed immediate hospital attention. The ambulance was called and off to the Emergency room we went.

They broke up the clots with blood thinner and an antibiotic drip for the pneumonia. But, they wanted to keep him there overnight to run more tests. We were there for 12 hours waiting for a room they could put him in.

During our down time in the ER, I swear, there must have been about a dozen doctors and nurses walking in and out asking a full battery of what seemed like the same questions over and over again. And the list was not short!

When we finally got him to his room, we then had to answer more questions posed to us from the attending physicians and nurses. So, John, don’t feel like your the Lone Ranger.

It seems to be standard protocol in Emergency rooms these days. However, it was an insiqnificant annoyance for care that my father got. They saved his life and he still with us, without further complications, two years later.

PS – I do agree however, there has got to be a better way of doing this!

Just my 1 1/2 cents..

Robert – The Wholesale Products Guy

SEO Marketing December 5, 2008 at 10:36 am

Get well soon, Its been a long time I havent visit this blog.

Sajid Iqbal December 6, 2008 at 12:58 am

Get well son John. I hope you’ll be OK by Christmas.

Ben Pei December 6, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Yupp all the best and recover fast..

Daniel December 8, 2008 at 1:58 am

I hope that you will get well soon…