Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wretched Kidney Stones and Other Reasons For My Silence

That's pretty much the reason for my blogging silence lately. We've been spending time with our girl and entertaining company and I've been spending way too many hours on the phone with customer service in an attempt to restore our Internet service after a very gregarious storm paid us a visit earlier in the week. We did get almost 2" of rain out of the deal, but it was wild. I talked to people in  India, Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Michigan in order to get our satellite back in working order. Frustrating does not begin to describe the fun involved in that process. :)

I was also down for the count for a good week with a bout of kidney stones that kind of has a funny story. I am an avid reader of Judy's blog  - Patchwork Times - and she has been dealing with multiple kidney stones. I felt so bad for her. I had been talking to DH about it and then began feeling kind puny myself. I figured I had just strained my back or something, and when it started getting worse, I wondered whether it could  be a kidney stone. I had never had one before, but it was getting mighty painful. DH chuckled and said I might be carrying my sympathy for Judy a bit too far. Turns out, I really DID have a kidney stone attack. I kept trying to go about my days  figuring I was uncomfortable no matter what I did or didn't do. So I mowed and ran the weed eater and hauled wood and just tended to the things that needed tending to around here. That was all good and well until I would have such a hard pain that it would drop me to my knees. DH insisted I stop all the nonsense and see the doctor when I tried to crawl back to the house. The only position that even remotely made the pain manageable was to drape myself over the ottoman and I'm fairly certain that looked rather ridiculous. We had company coming too. Thankfully, we have adopted them as family and I figured they wouldn't mind if I looked like a wet noodle, although even my relationship with the ottoman was touch and go. So I finally caved in to DH's insistence that I visit the doctor who fussed at me for waiting so long. I had my first ever CT scan and went a few rounds with the hospital who wanted to bill me for an ER visit. I wasn't sent to the ER, but they tried to funnel me through there because it was 4:00 on a Friday afternoon. Well, it wouldn't have been 4:00 if they hadn't made me wait in the hospital lobby for 2 hours after the doctor had sent me there for a CT scan with STAT orders. Sigh. I minded my manners, but I was persistent and told them it was a waste of everyone's time and money.This was NOT an emergency.

So needless to say, the kidney stone is no longer hanging around and here's hoping it was an isolated incident. I cannot wrap my head around how something that tiny can cause that much pain. and Judy, here's hoping you're soon pain free and rid of those pesky pebbles.

Now our girl has flown the coop for a little while, company has headed back down the road, our Internet has been restored, and I figured it was about time I pop in here and let y'all know that I hadn't fallen off the face of the earth and even if I had, I would have had a firm grip on my trusty ottoman and thus, it would have been a soft landing.

15 comments:

carol fun said...

glad to hear you are feeling better - kidney stones are no fun! I've seen my dad and my brother suffer mightily from them. For me the problem is diverticulitus flaring up - I'm waiting right now to pick up some antibiotics - getting old is a pain in more ways than one-- hugs!

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Kidney stones brought my husband to his knees.... vicious little things. Glad you are on the mend with hopefully no more episodes!!

Been thinking about you and wondering what's going on. I know rain makes you happy!!! We got almost an inch and a half today. My flowers and the garden are loving it!!

Keep the ottoman!!!

Doniene said...

Hey Girlfriend! I HAVE missed your bright and chipper "voice"!!! Glad you are better - praying absolutely no more kidney stones!!! Completely healed!!

Glad you got rain - yeah, yeah, yeah. We got 3" a couple of weeks ago and we were sure thankful - but it's been almost 100 every day, but God supplies ALL our needs!!

Blessings - let me know when you are coming through! Would love to sit and chat a bit!

Love ya!

KaHolly said...

Bless your heart! Glad you are feeling better. I remember years ago my dad was having a kidney stone attach and was in such pain, he actually broke the dashboard of the car on his ride to the hospital. Here's hoping it was an isolated incident!!

Chiska said...

So glad you're feeling better!

Nancy said...

Kidney and gallstones are two delights that I definitely want to avoid. Sure glad that you went to the doctor and got checked out and that you feel better.

Lavern Bevers said...

Missed you but you sure ad a good reason!Never had 1 of those and it sounds horrible!Glad you got some rain.Dont you HATE dealing with those awful call centers!!!!

Shelly said...

Oh, I am so sorry to hear you had to go through that. My Cowboy has chronic kidney stones, and they can really do a number on you! Glad to hear the ordeal is over, and I hope you never have another one.

Dar said...

OMG. I am so glad you got everything taken care of and you are back to "normal' again. I hope reading yours and Judy's blog is not catching. I do NOT want to see what a kidney stone feel like!! Glad you are back!

Judy Laquidara said...

I'm sorry that maybe I sent bad kidney stone vibes your way but am so glad you're doing better.

Pauline said...

Ouch! When I say I sympathize I know what I'm talking about. I also had a stone several years ago. Worst pain I ever had. It was hurting on my left side and I couldn't figure out what it was. I finally went to the ER and everyone else knew exactly what it was the minute I came it.
Fortunately the urologist removed it without surgery. Later, another urologist said he was surprised too, as he didn't think I was a likely candidate for a stone. I hope you're feeling better every day. Take care friend.

Denise :) said...

Oh you poor dear! I hope it was a one time thing and you never have to deal with it again!! Todd gets them periodically . . . on an occasion or two it's made me very anxious for him. Sending hugs and prayers your way! :)

Vickie said...

I wondered about you.....those things sound terrible !

Staci said...

Karin! I am so sorry! You poor thing--kidney stones are horrible! I am so glad you are feeling better and I hope you never, ever, ever have that happen again!

juliehallfeldhaus said...

My husband had a kidney stone and he said it hurt worse than any labor I went through having the kids! So here's my question to you was it??? Glad you are rid of it!!

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