Saturday, August 31, 2013

Waylaid



Gather the Pity Party folks because I still have this kidney stone that I haven't passed.  Of course it was my "good luck" to have this condition over the busiest holiday weekend of a summer resort, Labor Day Weekend.  I was supposed to go into work today but there was no way I can work with this pain.

I'm taking painkiller pills (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen).  They work really well. One tablet every four hours as need for pain. They take about 25 minutes to alleviate the pain (which is incredible, I cannot stress how much the pain is but I don't want to dwell on it, it is what it is).  

This won't be a long blog entry because I feel the pain coming back since I'm sitting up.  My best position for dealing with this pain seems to be flat on my back which I will be in a few minutes.  I had Bill take a picture of me yesterday in bed, which is where I've been spending most of my days and nights the past two or three days.  I am losing track of time.

Yesterday I tried to eat at our favorite restaurant in Milton but I couldn't make it past the first bite of my panini sandwich and had to bring it home.  

I've already lost about five pounds or more.  But I'm telling you, this is a helluva way to lose weight. 

My doctor's office called and left a message for me on my phone yesterday which I didn't hear until late last night.  He wants me to stop in his office on Tuesday to fill out the paperwork for surgery to remove this stone.  Hopefully I can pass this stone before then but I doubt it.  It seems firmly in place.  I am able to pee (thank God!)  but there is blood in my urine so I know that stone is stuck in my ureter canal.  

I feel like a hostage to this folks.  This is the worst medical situation I've had since I had that staph infection when I was 17 years old.  The big difference now is that with my staph infection I didn't have any pain, just discomfort.  Here I have the discomfort and pain.  So bad.  

Sorry to be such a wet blanket folks.  One day I will be back to normal.  And man I'm telling you I will have a new appreciation for  being able to move around and do things without the constant threat of this almost unbearable pain.  


20 comments:

  1. Hmmmmmm...I am trying to figure out where you could go to find some sound waves...is there a huge concert on the beach this weekend? Go stand in front of the subwoofers and if it's a good ol' heavy metal or punk rock band, or some hiphoppers, you'll be blasted with enough bass to shake loose your fillings, too!

    Good luck. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. It's got to be far worse than you say.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      You understand, it is far worse. My only relief is to lay flat on my back and take the pain killers. If I stand up for more than 15 minutes the incredible pain returns. I'm trapped and this would have to happen on a holiday weekend. Sort of reminds me of my uncle George Hadfield who had the misfortune to get stung in his mouth be an insect on Fourth of July weekend. He died in the emergency room while all the doctors were on their holiday. Our family was always convinced if he had went in at any other time he would be here today. This Is a bitch. Better days are coming.

      Ron

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  2. We will all get together and have a virtual party when your stone is gone!
    Poor Ron! Have, somehow, a good Labor day weekend!

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    1. Nadege,

      I am looking forward to the day when I can tell this "War Story" and laugh about it, Right now it seems as if I'm Beverly going to get out of here,I'm held hostage by this kidney stone. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't trying to stay one step ahead of the incredible pain that passing a kidney stone causes. The "Beverly" above should be "Never". I'm typing this on my iPhone with a stylus, laying flat on my back and I can't seem to correct the auto spell correction. So want my normal life back Nadege.

      Thank you again Nadege for your concern.

      Ron

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  3. Ron,
    I know exactly what you are going through. Besides the pain, the immobility and the loss of appetite, there is also the stress of having to deal with it all. I would love to hear that the stone finally passed but it looks like you're right, it probably won't so you have the added burden, bittersweet as it is, of having to go through the surgery. I'm thinking about you and wish you nothing but the best and that it all goes smoothly. Stay strong, we care.

    Jack

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    1. Jack,

      Thank you so much for your concern, it means a great deal to me. I'm laying in my bed now, flat on my back, which seems to be the only relief I can get now. I'm using my iPhone and typing this with a stylus which is a LOT slower than my usual way of responding to comments.
      I've been sleeping a lot, which I think is because of the painkiller pills. I just called work and told my boss I couldn't possibly come in this weekend, one of the busiest of the year. I feel horrible about letting them down which is probably adding to my stress. Tuesday seems like a long time away. I hope I can make it without going into the ER again. This is just bad and the timing couldn't be worse. I am so tired,

      Ron

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  4. Love your shirt, Ron. You look very handsome in that color. Cannot believe how long it is taking to birth this baby.

    You are in my thoughts,
    A.

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    1. Indeed Arleen! That's what I was thinking too, this is a long labor, and on Labor Day weekend."This to sall pass"....I sure hope so!

      Ron

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  5. Ron - I can only echo the good thoughts mentioned above. We all wish you were back on your feet, including Bill, your co workers, blog friends, your garden. At least there is comfort in knowing that after tuesday life will be much better. Perhaps blissful. You are a soldier Ron - as Jay says - we probably don't know just how bad it is for you. I'm all for Nadege's idea of a virtual party - and we can all toast to your good health. Lastly, I hope you are continuing to drink mineral water - as it will not cause the stone to increase in size.

    With concern - Pat

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    1. Pat,

      I am so looking forward to the day when I can add this week's episode to my "War Stories Catalogue." You know, how when we old folk get together we trade "war stories" of our different health ailments. This one deserves a chapter all by itself.

      I'm drinking that mineral water. In fact I'll go and have a drink now. Thanks for the reminder!

      Ron

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  6. OMB!!!!! I am so sorry you are STILL fighting this bitch! I hope you get surgery next week and get this over with once and for all!

    stay strong, ron; love you!

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    1. Oh yes Anne Marie, I'm still fighting this bitch of a kidney stone. I don't know what I did to deserve this but I sure am paying my dues down.

      Ron

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  7. Ron,

    If its any solace, I sick in bed myself.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,

      I'm sorry to hear that! I just tried to call you on FaceTime. I'll try again later.

      Ron

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  8. Anonymous10:12 PM

    Hi Ron,

    I am so sorry that you are having to deal with another kidney stone. I can't imagine the pain this causes. Why are some people more prone to this than others? Hang in there Ron. You are in my prayers.

    Fran

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    1. Fran, I was just talking about you tonight! Great minds think alike. I mentioned to my Canadian friend this nice lady called "Fran" who I haven't heard from in a while. So good to hear from you again Fran. Thank you for your well wishes. I'm doing a little better now but still haven't passed this darn kidney stone. One thing is for sure, by his time next week it will be gone. Also most of the umber visitors will be gone and we can have our town back. We appreciate them and the money they bring to the local economy but it will be nice to see the crowds dissipate. Have a great week Fran.

      Ron

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  9. Ron, you are not going to like hearing this from me, but I think the pain and blood in your urine is a good sign that the stone is slowly moving down the ureter. Surely, you will pass it before Tuesday, but remember that this is a BIG stone. I remember the pain so well, and the most comfortable position for me was the fetal position, but I couldn't even stay in that position very long as the pain made me move again. I am glad that you realized that you could not go in to work this weekend. Even if the pain had temporarily stopped, I still don't think you should have gone in, because you never know when it is going to come back again.

    I had my first pulmonary embolus on the July Fourth holiday, and I x-ray techs being called in from cookouts to attend to me at Duke. I'll have to say that they did it with a very good attitude for which I was thankful.

    Beer and watermelon are VERY GOOD DIURETICS, so have Bill get you some for this holiday weekend!
    I predict that on Labor Day, you will be labor free having delivered that baby.

    David

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    1. David,

      You are exactly right. My kidney stone keeps moving, that is what is causing the almost unbearable pain. Thank God for my oxycodone painkiller pills. Although they take about 25 minutes to kick in (while I'm writhing in pain on my bed), they do work. I have a supply of them for when this kidney stone moves again. I had a restful night last night. No pain this morning other than the usual tightness on my right side where my kidney is located. I know of course that this kidney stone could move at anytime sending me into that spiral of pain from which there seems no escape.

      I am so glad I didn't go into work this weekend. Of course I feel very guilty about not going in but I had no choice. You know how it is when the pain hits, it takes you to the ground, literally. I don't think that's the image of the hotel the owner wants to project, his front desk clerk on the floor moaning in pain.

      You're right about the watermelon. It does go right through you. I'll try and get some today.

      After I'm done update my blog and checking some other blogs it's back to laying on my back on my bed. I don't want that pain coming back. Two more days! I don't think I'm going to pass this kidney stone on my own. I hate having another invasive surgical procedure but this has to end.

      Thank you for all your advice David. We'll laugh about this at next year's Bloggerpalooza.

      Ron

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  10. no fun still; ouch.

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    1. Someday Dr. Spo, someday I will cease to be a hostage to this kidney stone and get my life back, someday.

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