Have you ever had a kidney stone? It seems as though everyone I know except for Vince has had them at one time or another. Both my parents and my sister have had them. Mine have been tested and there’s nothing dietary that I can change to prevent them from forming. I’ve probably had them at least a dozen times, have had surgery twice and lithotripsy done on both sides. The lithotripsy was done in Nashville by a wonderful urologist in 2004 and he told me I shouldn’t have any more problems for at least 5 years and it’s been almost 10 years. I wish I could see him again!
When I was planning my trip to MO in January, I knew I had a stone. It was just a dull ache in my left side so I put off my trip til I saw what it was going to do and after a few weeks, it appeared it was going to just hang around as a dull ache and it’s been with me, off and on since then. For the past week, I’ve been walking around holding my left side but felt bad enough yesterday that if I had already seen a urologist here in town, I would have called him. Went to bed last night about midnight and woke up about 1 in pain. That’s what a kidney stone is supposed to feel like. I tried to hang on til morning and not wake Vince but about 4:30, when I decided I couldn’t avoid a trip to the ER, I took a shower and was drying my hair and Vince woke up. He said “Are you ok? It’s 4:30 in the morning!” I told him . . no, I have a kidney stone so he knew to get dressed . . we were heading to the hospital.
We were supposed to meet friends in Brady for lunch and about 4:30 this morning, I fired off an email to her “Sick. Not coming. May be a kidney stone!” We were supposed to go to another friend’s home for dinner tonight. Not happening either. Darn . . too bad this happened on a day we had fun things planned.
I was planning to go to MO soon but had to wait til I saw the eye doctor this next week, now I’ll be waiting to see what the urologist says. Could be worse . . thank goodness kidney stones, though quite painful, are easy enough to deal with.
It’s those trips to the ER that make me really appreciate small towns with little to no wait in the ER. Nice doctor, nice nurses . .
And speaking of Vince never having had a kidney stone . . we stopped by the pharmacy to get the prescriptions and Vince said “Do you feel good enough for me to run in Big Lots for just a few minutes?” Sure, dear! I’ve been up since 1:00 a.m., I’m in pain but you get your shopping done and when you have a kidney stone . . I’m going to find a yarn shop and leave you in the car!
Yep, it’s probably time for me to go back to bed! 🙂