Friday, July 21, 2017

A Big Ass Kidney Stone wins all focus

The beginning of July found me in the emergency room with SEVERE abdominal pain, cussing the local bar for the half-cooked burger I had the night before, thinking for sure it was food poisoning.  I don’t normally go to see doctors and I don’t have a regular Primary Care person, but the pain was sooooo bad, I let me girlfriend talk me into visiting the Emergency Room.  After a barrage of tests (blood, urine, chest x-rays, cat scan), it was determined I have a 6mm, almost 1/4”, Kidney Stone.  “Ouch doc, that’s huge – how am I supposed to pass that”???  They assured me it wasn’t big enough to do anything and it would pass naturally - HA.  They prescribed pain meds and some other med that would open the passages wider to ease the passing.  That was Friday morning.  Friday night, I was in no pain and decided to not take the pain killers so I could go out and hang with a friend from Arizona.  We went out again Saturday night with still no pain…..until about 1am after a night of drinking.  Holy Shit, it was the same pain I had Friday morning and stayed with me throughout Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.  I was able to set up an appointment with a Urologist for Wednesday.  Needless to say, I was popping the pain killers at the prescribed intervals.  The Urologists’ assistant and the Urologist both had bad experiences with Kidney Stones and recommended a non-evasive ultrasound surgery to bust up the stone with sonic blasts and he was able to get me on the schedule that day.  Recovery was relatively quick, pissing a little blood and pissing little sand-like pieces, but not enough yet to equal a 6mm stone.  I think there’s still some of the stone in me, but I’m finally back to work, after a week off, and catching up on everything, including my finances.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, so sorry to hear that Brian, but I'm glad you're doing better. Going to the emergency room is never fun.


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