Posts Tagged ‘ouch’

Kidney Stone Update

Posted by ON in Dear Diary

Oh yeah, that emergency room visit I mentioned…

So it went like this: my abdomen started aching, and then eventually so did my *ahem* balls. Elina was on me to make a doctor’s appointment, but I got a little dude about it and decided to wait it out. After a week (*ahem* or so) of duding, it wasn’t going away. In fact, it was getting worse. So, to get Elina off my back I said I’d make a doctor’s appointment on Monday.

We needed some stuff for the new house, (OMG, did I mention we bought a house??!?) so I drove out to Ikea for a cliche Ikea-New-House pilgrimage.

I was only there for a bit before I realized my abdomen (and balls) really hurt.

Still floating in a haze of dudeliness, I promised myself that I’d go to an Urgent Care, but I had this cart full of house crap, and I couldn’t just abandon it, right? In the checkout line I started looking up the closest Urgent Care.

But, you know, I realized I was hungry, so I thought I’d grab some food while I looked. One lovely veggie-burger later, I realized that I had possibly made a misstep by waiting this long. By the time I finished eating, things REALLY hurt.

I texted Elina and drove to an Urgent Care. While talking to to nurse at the desk, I nearly passed out from the pain and had to go into the bathroom to throw up. They sent me to the real Emergency Room.

Sometime later, with an IV in my arm, a variety of drugs in my system, and with an ultrasound of my belly, they informed me that all the pain was me passing a stone in my right kidney. Fortunately it seemed to be gone now.

Less fortunately, they discovered another stone in my left kidney.

An ultrasound, X-ray, and CT scan later, they confirmed a 1cm by 1cm by 2cm kidney stone (shaped like a bullet!) and two smaller fragments in my left kidney.

The stone is too large to do Shockwave lithotripsy (sitting in a pool and breaking that shit up with ultrasonic sound!), which unfortunately leaves Ureteroscopy and Laser Lithotripsy (going through the urinary tract ( ! D: ! ) with a tube and exploding the stone,) or Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (making an incision through my back into my kidney and inserting a small tube/vacuum to break up the stones and suck up most of the pieces.) Whew.

After speaking with a surgeon, we’ve decided to go with the through-the-back option, (the stone is so large that the urinary tract option has the added danger of leaving tons stone debris along my tract, which would need a second and possibly third procedure.)

I’ll be having surgery February 9th. They’ll put me under. I’ll have to spend at least one, possibly two nights in the hospital and will have a week of painful bed recovery at home. There’ll be a stent from my bladder to my kidney. Three weeks after the surgery I’ll have to go back in and have it removed (by way of a method so horrifying that I can’t get myself to write it down.)

If everything goes to plan, I should be in pretty good shape about 4 weeks after the surgery. Whew.

I’m kind of freaking out, but generally trying to get on with my life.

Bowling, and the impact it has on my life …

Posted by ON in Dear Diary

It was my birthday and I was being ridiculous.

It started well. A huge group of my friends took me out to dinner. I forgot to tell people I didn’t need presents; some folks brought me some sweet things (Nina got me fountain pens! Elina got me special tea! Loreen got me a kitty eraser!)

… and then there was bowling.

I admit that I see bowling as something one does ironically. I have a specific goal and strategy:

A.) Throw the bowl as hard as possible.
B.) Look as ridiculous as possible.

Also, I once saw a bowling program on TV. It looked like those dudes threw the ball along the gutter and spun the $#!@ out of it so it hooked into the pins. It seemed like a fun tactic, so I do that too.

Anyway, I was pretty much tied with Joel. I did my ridiculous spin-throw and let myself do a 360 on one foot. When I came back around I saw the ball had inexplicably slid left at the last second and the pins went down like … well, like bowling pins hit by a bowling ball thrown by someone who knew what the hell they were doing.


C.) Be as dramatic as possible.

So I spun around to everyone, pumped my fists in the air and fell to my knees.



No one noticed. I stayed there till I got some polite clapping.

Ah well. Fine. I got up and sat down by my cake and the beer Joel bought me.

A few minutes later my left pant leg was straining from an expanding lump on my knee.

Well, crap. We discussed whether I should go to the emergency room, and decided to go have cake instead.

Oh, and I totally won bowling that night … with a gimpy knee!



Anyway, turns out, through the power of stupidity, I gave myself bursitis. The suck part is that my knee is still messed up, nearly a month later. Possibly cause I keep doing things that … are not so good for my knee. Elina and I had been dancing a lot, which I LOVE, but now that I’m gimpy, I haven’t been able to dance. (Well, okay, I’ve done it anyway a few times, but there have been consequences.)

… but I have a knee brace now, and the knee is slowly getting better. So, yay.

Sleepiness, Sads and Sunlight

Also in exciting body news …

… well, okay, I’ve been kinda depressed for a while now and I noticed that I have A LOT less energy than I used to.

I assumed it was partially life-change overwhelm and partially getting dumped last month. But it had been a while since I’d seen a doctor and figured I should get a physical.

Time passed. I got my physical a couple days ago. My doctor says I’m in perfect health. Cool. But I got my blood work results back yesterday and have been informed that I have a “Serious Vitamin D Deficiency.”

I’ve further been informed that the two major symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency are … wait for it … depression and fatigue.

Oh, okay. So, cool, I’ve been given Super D Pills and my knee is getting better. Yay. And I’m still slowly chipping away at the novel and … cool.


Novel updates are on their way. Also some exciting news about where and how I’ll be living soon and other cool stuff.

Stay tuned …