Yay! He’s going to do lithotripsy on the left side. That was what I wanted but I didn’t argue with him when he originally told me he doubted lithotripsy would work. The hospital here is getting a new machine . . in a couple of weeks . . and since he’s the only urologist in town, it’s going to be a couple of weeks after that probably before I get my turn so please keep your fingers crossed that I can make it that long. I think he decided that with as many stones as are in the left kidney and as big as they are, and with the newer better machine, lithotripsy will work. I just hope I don’t have to have a stint! I don’t care if he uses a sledge hammer (so long as I’m under anesthesia) . . just don’t give me another stint.
I had planned to go to MO a couple of weeks ago and that got delayed because of the kidney stones, then I was waiting to see what he’s going to do with the left side, now I’m thinking . . if it’s going to be a month, I may just pack my bags and head to MO. They have hospitals, urologists and lithotripsy machines there too.
I will be so glad to get this all behind me!
Mary Jo says
My daughter is a RN who works with the lithotripsy patients at the hospital near us. She has said to most of her patients are pleased with the results. Hope you are too!
Thanks Mary Jo. I hope I’m pleased too. I’ve had them before and was pleased with the results but as we get older, everything seems to be different. I just wish I could have it done NOW and get it over with.
Well I am glad you will soon be putting this behind you. When we are young we don’t think much about our health. Boy does that change with age. I am sending you my prayers and good thoughts. I think I would go see my grand baby too. I am sure she wants to see you as bad as you want to see her! Nothing makes you feel better than grand kids. You are in my thoughts.
Rebecca in SoCal says
I hope it goes well for you, and that that is the last of it. Those stones have had too much effect on your life lately.
Let me share a story…..My mom decided to visit my daughter at college. She drove alone about 5 hrs. She didn’t want to stop and use the bathroom really often. She still stopped, but I am sure that she decreased her water intake during the trip. She woke up the next day with my daughter in the hotel room….with stones. The ambulance had to be called. My daughter had only been in town a short period of time, grandma was not able to answer questions due to the pain and it was thought best. We thought it was stones….but did not know for sure. A taxi ride home from the hospital. My step-dad had to rent a car to come get her. She had surgery, with a stint, 2 days later. I don’t think that they wanted her to ride that far home for a few days….but they did anyway.
The lesson….you do have family a little more familiar with the area…that is good. Be sure to hydrate well when you go. Make a plan if you need a ride home or have to stay and have surgery there.
It wouldn’t be a big deal if I had to stay there a week (or a month) longer than I planned. Vince would probably come and get me when he ran out of food.
Also write down your medical history and out it in your purse so Chad won’t have to answer all the questions. I do that any time I go on a trip by myself…just in case. I’ve never had to use it but if I can’t think straight I have it with me. Just a thought.
Also write down your medical history and put it in your purse so Chad won’t have to answer all the questions. I do that any time I go on a trip by myself…just in case. I’ve never had to use it but if I can’t think straight I have it with me. Just a thought.
Good idea to write down your medical history – at least take the surgical report from your last visit with any recent labs.
When I started taking mom to see doctors, I started a book with the various test results, etc. Some of the doctors even requested to keep the book overnight so they could review it and give better advice. And, I could give them results so that there was no duplication of certain tests.
I’ve started doing the same with my test results, meds list, and so on and I do take it whenever I go to see the internist.
Can you fly? I know you can’t take things but you would get to go. Maybe you could find someone to go with you and help drive.