Monday, September 02, 2013

Worst Day Yet

Beebe Hospital Lewes DE Emergency Room entrance - Thank God, last minute change of plans


Yesterday was my worst day for this damn kidney stone.  I thought I was doing so well because when I got up in the morning I had no pain.  I didn't take any painkillers all day.  Late in the afternoon I called my friend Larry on FaceTime. I haven't talked to him in over a week.  Usually we talk every day.  Oh, he's sick and bed ridden too.  He has a cold or flu.  I feel so bad for him. I went through that same thing last year.....after I had my flu shot.

So, while I was talking to him, I must have gotten too animated with my arms and disturbed my kidney stone which has been on the move which seems like forever, and I felt THE PAIN.  I told Larry "I'm feeling the pain again."  

I got off the computer, took my painkiller medicine and laid down on my bed.  However, this time was different.  The pain only increased, and increased and INCREASED.  The pain killers weren't working!  

I twisted this way and that way in my bed but nothing would alleviate the ever increasing pain. Finally after an hour an a half of just unbelievable waves of pain I struggled out of bed to our sun room where Bill was sitting.  I told him "Bill, you're going to have to take me to the emergency room.  I think something else is going on."  

Oh I so DID NOT WANT to go to the emergency room again, the third time in as many weeks.  But I could no longer endure the ever increasing pain which was taking place on my lower right back side.  Right where my kidney is.  I know what is causing it, that damn kidney stone which is stuck.

Bill said he would be ready in a few minutes.  I got my prescription list, my iPhone charger and I was ready, even though I was bent over in excruciating pain.  

Even getting in the car is almost impossible but I couldn't wait for an ambulance, they would take too long.

Thank God it wasn't high fucking noon with all the weekend holiday travelers clogging up Route One.  We had a fairly easy time going down Savannah Road.  Just as we were within a block of Beebe Hospital, my pain began to end.  Just like that.  Not immediately but the dull, stabbing, killing pain that made me want to die subsided little by little.  I began to feel human again.  

I said to Bill "Just pull in the parking lot.  The pain seems to be going away."  He did.  After a few minutes I got out and started to walk around.  That's when I took the picture at the top of this blog.  After another ten minutes the pain was back to just the soreness that I've had since my kidney stone began its Journey last Saturday.  I can handle that pain.

Bill took me home.  I took more pain medication and went to bed to lay flat on my back which seems to be the best position for me to relieve as much of the pain as I can.

I stayed in that position the rest of the night. I had my iPhone with me (thank God) so I can keep in touch with the outside world and check my e-mails and comments on my blog.  I'm trying to keep everyone informed.  I don't want to go blank screen during one of the most important health crises of my life.  Folks, this is the worst I've ever experienced, the worst bar none.

I'm taking a chance right now by sitting up typing this blog.  I know that pain can return in minutes.

However what I am doing now is taking my pain killer medicine every four hours whether I have pain or not.  I just cannot go through again what I went through yesterday afternoon.  I just cannot.

One more day folks. I see my doctor tomorrow at 12:30.  One more day.


34 comments:

  1. Ron - you are so close to having your health back. Just to know you can live a normal day must be like winning a lottery ticket for you now. Hope your remaining stationary lessens any chance of pain attacks.

    Pat

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    1. Pat,

      I'm in bed all day. Taking no chances of a repeat of that episode I had yesterday.

      Ron

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  2. Ron,
    One more day! Seems like such a short time but in your condition it can seem like forever. I am hoping you can ride the rest of the time in relative comfort, get blasted and get your life back. Continue taking the pain pills, it will keep the medication constant. It will soon be over, my best wishes for success.
    Jack

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    1. Jack,

      I'm in bed now and will stay here all day except to get up and go to the bathroom, take my pain pill every four hours and eat, which is very little because I have no appetite now. I've learned a lot about how pain killer pills work during this time. My God what a lifesaver they are. I never really took them before except for a baby aspirin or something for a toothache. In the future when I have a medical crises I'll have to try and arrange it at a time it is convenient for the doctors and not over a holiday weekend. At a time like this I remember my poor Uncle George who had the misfortune to be stung by a wasp in his mouth while he was mowing his grass on a Fourth of July weekend in 1982. He died in the hospital that weekend probably because of the lack of proper medical care.

      Thanks again Jack for your words of encouragement. One more day then we'll see what that brings. One thing I'm pretty sure of, this kidney isn't passing of its own accord.

      (From my bed with my iPhone and stylus)


      Ron

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  3. cheese louise, give birth to this MF already! {{{{{hugs}}}}} to your friend larry too; although he is on a cakewalk compared to your illness. bill must be going crazy with worry; give him a hug too.

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    1. Anne Marie,

      This kidney stone isn't going anywhere on its own. It will have to be taken out.

      Yes, Bill is wearing down. We both are. If it wasn't for this frigging holiday weekend, this stone would be gone now. Good timing.

      (Sent form my bed with my iPhone and stylus)


      Ron

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  4. Man oh man! That stone is very smart and is playing tricks with you! I cannot wait until tomorrow and it is gone for good! Adios calculos renales! I hope you will never have another one of those mofos ever again!

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    1. Nadege,

      I'm starting to feel like Job.

      Ron

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  5. Ron,

    Hope your doctor move with haste tomorrow to relieve this. Not much we can do except give you moral support. I didn't think I got you that excited to bring on such pain. Hang on.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,

      I was waving my arms around a lot when I was talking to you as I am wont to do when talking to anybody ( my style). I think I got my kidney stone to move again and it just ain't going nowhere. That would be too easy. Every time I pee into that strainer ( which I'm getting tired of doing by the way) I look for my "boulder" but nothing. It just isn't going to come out of its own accord. Now the pain is increasing again.

      Ron

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  6. Positive Thoughts and Vibes for sure! Thou nowhere close to the same pain I am fighting a gout attack this week with no pain killers since they interact negatively with my heart meds.

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    1. Roger,

      My friend Larry has had gout attacks and he can attest to exactly what you said, no medications to relieve the pain because they would interfere with your other medications or medical conditions. I am thankful I don't have gout. This kidney stone bout is more than enough. Of course it still hasn't passed and it isn't going to pass until I have it blasted out.

      Ron

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  7. Oh Ron, what an absolute nightmare! And the worst things always seem to happen on holiday weekends. You've been through so much. I only hope that you can hang on until the doctor appointment tomorrow. Take it easy. My thoughts and best wishes are certainly with you.

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    1. Jon,

      Right after I wrote this blog posting the next day was the worst ever. I just returned from the hospital after a two night stay. I will write about it in my next blog posting.

      Thank you so much Jon for your concern and best wishes for my recovery.

      Ron

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  8. I think I'd be very insistent with your doctor tomorrow: NO MORE DELAYS! MAKE IT GO AWAY!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,

      The next night was the WORST. My doctor admitted me to the hospital. I just returned home from a two day stay. He did demolish the stone. However, there are two more embedded by my right kidney. I have to get a "kidney bath" for those. I will write about it in my next blog posting.

      Ron

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  9. Randy in NEB10:33 PM

    Ron, I'm sorry you're still not feeling well. This kidney stone crap has been going on now from so long it's starting to seem like a career. Hugs and good vibes from your friend here in middle earth, lol (Nebraska). By this time Tuesday I hope you'll be feeling a lot better. Ask your doctor when he blast this stone out to take care of any more that might be hiding up inside there! Give Your Bill a big hug for me. Hoping for better news, Randy

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    1. Randy,

      I am on the hospitable now. Came in last night through ER. They're taking care of the pain, maybe s procedure today to remove this stone which isn't moving ) on 10 days now. Thank God the pain is under control now.

      Ron

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  10. Oh Ron, I really DO feel for you - but if I read all the above I'd pass out, which is a condition I know you'd dearly prefer to have rather than your present physical one. May the 'gods' look kindly down on you and allow you to get better very soon. You've suffered enough. My thoughts are still there beside you.

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    1. Ray,

      I'm in the hospital now.

      Ron

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  11. Anonymous12:25 PM

    Ron, they can take care of you much better in the hospital with intravenous fluids and pain (and anti-nausea) medication. My husband is prone to severe kidney stone attacks and has never been able to pass them at home. Ten days is too long to be suffering so. Good luck with this episode and hope you are feeling better very soon.

    Judy in NY

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    1. Judy,

      The next night I HAD to go to the emergency room. The pain killers weren't kicking in. They admitted me for a two night stay. I just returned home today. I will write about my experience in my next blog posting. Thank you for your concern Judy.

      Ron

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  12. Your Uncle George died from a wasp sting in his mouth? How terrible.
    Your pain is terrible, too. It's Tuesday, shortly after noon. I hope your stone is a thing of the past now and the pain is gone for good.
    Blessings be upon you, Ron.

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    1. Java,

      The stone is gone now, didn't pass on it's own. The next night I made my third emergency room visit in as many weeks. They admitted me to the hospital this time for a two night stay. I just got home today. My urologist blasted my kidney stone this time last night during surgery. The eight days I waited for this damn kidney stone to more, it only moved one centimeter. Now I've been informed that I have two more kidney stones embed in above my right kidney. My doctor recommended getting a "kidney bath" for those. This doesn't involved surgery. Thank God.

      Ron

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  13. By now you are pain free I hope.

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    1. Dr. Spo,

      The next night was even worse if you can believe that. I was admitted for a two night stay, just returned home today. They had to laser blast the stuck stone this time last night during surgery. That was fun, at least the anesthetic they put me out with. When I'm ready to die I hope to have that anesthetic, it is totally painless and peaceful. When I came to I felt like I was arising from the dead. The bad new is that I still have two kidney stones above my right kidney so my urologist had to leave a stint in my ureter canal. While not as painful, it is discomforting. He is arranging for me to have a "kidney stone bath" to remove those kidney stones. They didn't have the equipment at Beebe, where I was. I have to go to a different hospital. That will take eight days. In the meantime I'm constipated because of the painkiller pills, peeing blood because of the stint (he says this is "normal" because the stint is irritating the ureter canal) and I have a burning sensation when I urinate because I was catheterized last night. Other than that I am doing just fine.

      Ron

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  14. Anonymous12:32 PM

    Hi Ron,
    It's Wednesday and I hope you are pain free and out of the hospital enjoying this beautiful day.
    Susan

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    1. Susan,

      I am relatively pain free now and out of the hospital today. Glad to be home. However, I now have a stint in my ureter canal which is uncomfortable and causing to pee blood and I also have two more kidney stones ready to be launched from my right kidney. My urologist is arranging for me to have a "kidney stone bath" to blast them. That will be i eight days. Oh Lordy, soon my woes will be over.

      Thank you for your concern.

      Ron

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  15. I've suffered through many, many kidney stones (unfortunately). Mine were too small for the bath, but I've seen proof of that working. Keep your spirits up!

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    1. Greg,

      Thank you for your encouraging words. I've had a tough time this year but my spirits are still up! Looking forward to this "bath."

      Ron

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  16. Randy in NEB12:35 AM

    Ron, I'm glad you're doing better though not 100%, the one kidney stone is gone. Being sick is no fun no matter what your age is. Hope you're feeling much better soon, April 2014 will be here before you know it.{{{Hugs}}} to you and Bill my friend. Randy

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    1. Randy,

      Feeling oh so much better this morning. I am so looking forward to meeting you and all my other blogger friends next April. I have a big hug ready for you!

      Ron

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  17. I saw you didn't update the blog since Monday and was worried about you. Scrolling down I see you had that stone removed and there is more "fun" to come. Lucky you.... 8-(

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    1. slugmama,

      I'm going to try and update my blog today. Last few days, including two in the hospital, have been a blur. However, my doctors says "You're around the curve now." In two weeks I get my "kidney stone bath" and hopefully that is the last of my kidney stones until my next life! Have a great day!

      Ron

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