|Yeah, I'm Laurence and Tony is going to give me my "bath" - sure - I wish|
This morning my urologist scheduled my kidney stone "bath" for September 20th. See here for how this "bath" works.
My doctor tells me that I still have two large (.6 millimeter) kidney stones lodged above my right kidney. He has to keep the stent in my ureter because to take it out would be (in his words) "like running a red light." I would be taking a great chance that one or both of those kidney stones would drop and I would return to the hell I had for eight days last week.
He explained to my why he wanted to wait to see if could pass the .6 millimeter (above average of .5 millimeter) stone on my own. Remember the week previously I successfully passed a .4 millimeter kidney stone. He said "everyone is different. Most people are able to pass a .6 millimeter kidney stone on their own but my ureter canal is smaller and you were unable to pass it."
Thus I have to wait a week after taking myself off of my baby aspirin regimen (which thins the blood). I gave him my EKG report from my cardiologist (which I had taken last Friday), which gives him approval for the surgery. I will be under anesthetic for the surgery which will take place in Milford, Delaware. Our local hospital doesn't have the equipment to perform this kind of surgery. Thank God it is non invasive as far as cutting me or inserting yet another instrument in my private parts (had enough of that this year). But they do have to knock me out, which is just fine with me. He also said the week's time will enable the swelling to go down in my right kidney which went through a lot of trauma the past ten days (tell me about it).
|What I imagine the facility in Milford, DE looks like where I will get my kidney stone bath - Medicare pays for this?|
I am slowly regaining my strength. I was even able to make a full meal (ratatouille) last night but I was drained when it was all over.
When I was weighed in this morning the doctor's assistant told me "You've lost eleven pounds since your August visit." I've been wondering how I was going to lose that developing roll around my middle but I wouldn't advise going on the "passing the kidney stone diet." Folks, I cannot emphasize enough what I went through the last ten days. I don't consider myself a whiner or complainer (despite what Bill says) but I was whimpering pretty bad there for a few days. I really thought I was on my way out and if I wasn't, I wanted to go.
Enough of my feeling sorry for myself. A Pity Party is good every now and then but this one has been a bit too long. I am anxious to get back to normal activity or at least what passes for normal around Casa Tipton-Kelly. I want it so bad folks. I hope by the time my family reunion comes around on October 6th I will be up to full steam. I'm making calls now, making arrangements with the caterer and perhaps even music this year! I definitely want a big celebration. You just never know when you might not ever have the opportunity again. Live for now folks. That's the best advice I can give, given my experiences of the past few weeks. Live for now. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Of course a little nest egg helps too. Don't go crazy but you know what I mean.
Have a great day!!!!
|"Free at last!"|