Thursday, March 01, 2007

Kidney Stone Update

(Don't worry - mine wasn't as big as the one in this picture!) Thank you for praying for me! The pain stopped about 11 pm last night, which signified that the stone had finally moved into the bladder. I think I passed a small bit of it – amazing that something so small can cause SO MUCH pain. Today I am recovering from yesterday and should be back to almost-normal by tomorrow. I feel like I have been run over by a truck – but at least I am not in pain. I am so thankful for my sweet husband who took such good care of me and the kids yesterday. Our 3 kids yesterday were great while Mommy was ‘sick’. I’m not sure if it was Daddy being home or the fact that I was ‘flying high’ on medicine. By the way, I am also thankful for the pain-killers I had! Good stuff! (And ‘thank you’ to sweet Kim who, with her mangled finger, is bringing us a meal tonight!)

Have any of you ever had a kidney stone? If not, I hope you never get one. If so, I feel your pain, sister (right, Leslie?)! This was my fourth one since 2001. (Three of them have been when I have been pregnant – what’s with that?) I woke up about 4:30 Wednesday morning and thought “Ooooh – I slept funny and did something to my back.” About 10 minutes later, I realized that I was probably dealing with another stone. (Once you experience a kidney stone, you don’t forget the pain. And if you do forget the pain, it doesn’t take long to remember once it starts again. I woke Brian up and told him that I might be having a kidney stone but that I’d try to wait an hour and see. About 10 minutes later, I’m moaning in the floor of our playroom calling my Doctor to get a prescription for the pain. (I am also thankful for a 24-hour WalGreens!) I’ve been in the hospital with them before and all they do is give you pain meds and fluids and I can do that at home.

They say that men that experience kidney stones have an idea of what labor and delivery is like – well, I don’t know if that’s true or not. When I think about both, I’d rather deliver a baby. When you have contractions, at least you have a break in between them to catch your breath (and then when you have an epidural it’s like “what contractions?”). But with a kidney stone, there is no break. The pain stays sharp and constant and drives you to nausea.

Sorry – I didn’t mean to turn this into a dissertation on kidney stones. All of this to say, that I am thankful that this episode has passed and I feel for people who experience chronic pain everyday. I am also thankful for supportive and loving friends and family who surround me. They say once you have a kidney stone, you will likely have more throughout your life. So, I hope the next one will wait until ‘after’ the baby is born!

Until next time …


Christina said...

I'm glad that it is over and you are feeling better!

Amy said...

Oh my, that's awful!!! I'm glad you're feeling better. I had a rip roaring kidney infection a couple years ago and it was the most painful thing - took weeks to recover. Reading about your stone makes me feel a wee bit week in the knees :)

Kim said...

I'm so glad you are better! The end is near sister, so lay off that sweet tea!!!

Kim said...

That sounds so painful! I'm glad you are better! I have not had a kidney stone before and from what I have heard it is very bad pain!

I hope you regain your strength and fell much better soon!