Sunday, March 12, 2017

Passiong a Kidney Stone . . . . Again



Good morning folks. I'm going to try and get through this post even though I'm doped up with pain killers and exhausted.

Yes, as my blog title states, I am passing yet another kidney stone.  

Early last week I noticed that I had a painful urination, so painful that I felt like passing out.  No blood in my urine though. I thought maybe I had slight infection in my bladder. I refused to acknowledge that I was passing yet another kidney stone. 

Regular followers of my blog know that I have passed many kidney stones, starting in 2001.  I have had two operations to get rid of my kidney stones. One operation to remove one kidney stone that was stuck in my uretha. Another operations to blast out kidney stones that were waiting "to drop" at the top of my kidneys. Those operations were three years ago.  I thought I was done with kidney stones for the rest of my life. Oh how foolish for this wishful thinking.

Me waiting in the emergency room for the results of my MRI Friday night at 2:00 AM in the morning. 


Friday I noticed the onset of that dreaded pain that accompanies a kidney stone moving.  I still refused to believe it was a kidney stone. I was concerned that I had a gallstone or bladder infection. Finally the pain became so great I could no longer avoid the inevitable. I called 911 for an ambulance for another return visit to the local emergency room. 

Bill waiting for me in the emergency room . . . . . again

I have lost count how many time I've visited the emergency room since I moved down here. I think this is my fifth visit.

The results of my MRI scan at the emergency room showed that I was indeed was passing a kidney stone and I also have a bladder infection. Oh wonderful. Here we go again.

When I was in the emergency room I wasn't passing blood. After I left the emergency room at 2:30 am with my list of prescriptions for the infection and painkillers (Percot). Since I receive my medications from the VA I was going to wait until Monday to fill these prescriptions. Big mistake.

By the time I got home the pain had increased, big time. And now I have blood in my urine. I still have blood in my urine.

I called the emergency room and asked them if they could do something about my pain, which was becoming unbearable. The woman on the other end of the line asked "Didn't you fill the prescription?" I told her I hadn't.  She said "You could be several days before that kidney stone passes. You should fill your prescription right away!"  Thus I got in my car are drove down to the local Walgreen's, which is open 24 hours. Thank goodness.  I asked how much it would cost to fill my prescriptions.  I have to be careful when filling prescriptions because they could run into hundreds of dollars.  I was told that the prescription for the nausea was the most expensive at $100.  The pain killer was only $9.00. I told him I could handle the nausea but I did need the pain killer.  Also the antibiotic for my bladder infection.

Emergency Room Beebe Hospital Friday night - not the first time I've made an early morning visit to this place

Somehow I made it back home, driving my car even though I was in tremendous pain.  Bill can't drive because he lost his driver's license last June (he needs eye surgery for his cataracts). I was shaking so much.  When I drove up to Walgreens I got the dry heaves.  I leaned my head out of my car and tried to barf up nothing. I noticed a police car in the far end of the parking lot. Oh great, that's all I need to be questioned by the police for barfing in the Walgreen's parking lot. Thank goodness the police left me alone. Maybe he was sleeping in his police cruiser.

Hey folks, I have end this post now because I'm becoming very weak.  I'll update it when I gain some strength back.  I have called my urologist's office to make an appointment next week to address this problem, especially those kidney stones which are "waiting to fall."  Thank goodness this didn't happen when I was in California.  

I'm hurting folks but I'm still here. 

Waiting at the24 hour pharmacy in Walgreens to get my prescriptions filled. It a lot of pain here folks. You don't ever want to experience this kind of pain, believe me.

26 comments:

  1. OMG! Had to skip the details you've posted otherwise I'd have slumped onto the carpet. Get over with this quickly, Ron - and I well know how you're trying to do just that. Very best wishes.

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    1. Ray,
      I'm working on getting this over with quickly, believe me! I need some normalcy in my life. But at 75 years old I guess I can expect this old car chassis to start breaking down. Thanks for your good wishes.
      Ron

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  2. Ouch! Kidney stones are not fun! Hope you are drinking plenty of fluids and hope they pass soon! Has any of your providers recommended dietary changes to help prevent these stones?

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    1. Oliver,
      Yes, I am drinking plenty of fluids. Also the dietary tip was to not drink iced tea, which I stopped drinking three years ago. And I don't miss it at all. I drink only water now. But I think a lifelong habit of not drinking much liquids is catching up with me.
      Ron

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  3. Ouch! Kidney stones are not fun! Hope you are drinking plenty of fluids and hope they pass soon! Has any of your providers recommended dietary changes to help prevent these stones?

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  4. Ron,

    I'm beginning to think you just love those hospital beds. Hoping the pain subsides soon.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      I HATE those hospitable beds. At least I'm at home getting some rest while I wait fort his stone to pass. Three days now.
      Ron

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  5. Oh, Ron, I'm so sorry that you're having to go through this agony again! The only fortunate thing is that it didn't happen during your trip to California. I'm glad you were able to get the much-needed prescriptions. Please rest up and take it easy - - and keep us updated when you can.
    My thoughts are with you (and Bill).

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    1. Tell me about it Jon! I can just imagine me having a kidney stone episode during one of our road trips to Palm Springs in that backed up LA traffic. Poor Pat, he would have had a big problem on his hands. I got a refill on my pain killers today from the VA. Thank goodness for that but there is a downside to the painkillers, constipation. I haven't gone since last Friday. Of course I haven't eaten much either.
      Thanks again Jon for your good wishes. Yours and others do sustain me.
      Ron

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    2. By the way Jon, the banner photo at the top of this blog is us either returning to LA from Palm Springs on US 10. Check out that traffic on the opposite lane. We were against the traffic both times. We got lucky.
      Ron

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  6. Anonymous4:59 PM

    Oh you poor, poor thing! Good grief, the price of the nausea medication alone can cause you to barf! Here's some hugs {{{Ron}}}. I hope you feel better soon.

    Deedles

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    1. Deedles,
      I think the worst is over but I'm still sore.
      Ron

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  7. Poor fellow.
    Take heart you are like the rocks at Stonehenge: nothing knocks you down.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      Thank goodness I didn't have this episode during your wedding ceremony! Now that would have been memorable, me moaning and squirming on the floor in agony whilst you and Someone were joined in wedded bliss. Now that would have been a video that would go viral on You Tube.

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  8. How terrible. Do not barf out of a window in a car. Open the door. Puke will eat the paint right off a car which would be another expense. I hope the pain is now under control.

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    1. Did not know that Jimmy. Good advice. Thanks!
      Ron

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  9. Ron - I remember visiting you the very first time you were having a bout with kidney stones. And then you had another. I'm pretty sure we pass them all the time. It's when they get lodged it becomes unbearably painful. I feel badly that all I can do is feel badly about your situation. Just hoping your doctor can help alleviate the pain for you and perhaps hurry along the process.
    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      I think I am over the worst although my abdomen is still sore. I think that's either from my bladder infection of not having pooped for five days.
      Ron

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  10. Randy in NEB12:21 AM

    Ron, A nice guy like you shouldn't have to go through this S#!t. I'm hoping for better days to come your way. I guess that saying I read several years ago is true "Getting old isn't for sissies". Letting you know that you have friends out here who care about you. Randy.

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    1. Thanks Randy. "Getting old really isn't for sissies!" is so true. All those years when I was young and healthy they have gone by so fast. Wishing you well Randy.
      Ron

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  11. Anonymous6:30 AM

    So sorry about your misery, Ron. I hope it is short-lived. ~~ NB

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    1. NB,
      I think my kidney stone has pass but I still have the urinary infection because my bladder is sore. Oh for good health.
      Ron

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  12. Ron,

    So sorry for your discomfort!

    :-(

    -Andy

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    1. Andy,
      I'll be so glad when things normalize with my health again. I remember all those years (over thirty) that I never once saw a doctor. These days my life is centered around keeping track of my medical appointments. And I used to make fun of my Mother when she was in this same position. Karma.
      Ron

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  13. Anonymous11:51 PM

    I had stones, and my Dr. put me on a calcium reducer. Haven't had one since... Just a thought.

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    1. Anonymous,
      That's a good thought. I did stop drinking ice tea and eat more bran. I don't drink milk, only almond milk which isn't really milk. I think this is just age (I'm 75) catching up with me.
      Ron

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