After examinations, CT-scans, blood tests and more, I was given a diagnosis: acute diverticulitis, something I’d heard of but never experienced. I was admitted and put on IV antibiotics. On the morning of the 4th day, Charles arrived early and kissed me. When his elbow swept my stomach, I shrieked. He reported this to the doctor, another scan. My colon had perforated. A few hours later they took me back for surgery.