Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Visit To My Urologist

Wall chart in my urologist's office this morning which I was viewing while waiting for him to see me

This morning I had my semi annual visit to my urologist. 

For those of you who have been following my blog, you know that I have had my issues with kidney stones in the past. Have I ever. 

During my last visit to my urologist, he was monitoring a small kidney stone that was at the top of my urethra, ready to drop. After viewing my latest CAT scan, that kidney stone is no longer visible. He asked me if I passed the kidney stone.  I told him I may have but I didn't know it.  Sometimes the kidney stones are so small we don't realize when we pass them.  All the kidney stones I remember "passing" were the one who got stuck in my urethra. Oh do I ever remember them. I've lost track of the number of times I've had those kidney stone attacks. I think I've had six of them, all requiring emergency room visits, two over night stays and three operations to remove them. So this was a bit of good news today.

I also took a urinalysis today.  My doctor told me he found a "trace" of blood in urine.  It said it could be nothing but just to be on the safe side he's sending it in for further testing.  He said it may be necessary to have that procedure to check my bladder for bladder cancer. This is where the doctor (or one of his helpers) sticks an instrument with a small camera on the end up my penis to check my bladder.  I've avoided this invasive procedure twice in the past ten years but it looks like my time of reckoning has come.  I hate these invasive procedure, especially in THAT area.  I've already had a stent inserted in my penis for three weeks and folks I'm here to tell you, that is no picnic.  Very uncomfortable wearing it (you feel like you have to pee all the time) but the worst part was taking it out.  So I await my doctor's verdict if I have to undergo this procedure.  

At time like this I remember back to those halcyon days which I went years without visiting a doctor. Years in which I didn't have this constant mucous buildup in my throat which makes me feel like I'm suffocating.  Years in which I was limber enough that I didn't ache in pain with arthritis when I wake up. Years in which I didn't require an afternoon nap of at least an hour's duration.  But you know folks, I'm thankful for the good health I do have.  Could be worse, a LOT worse. 

Tomorrow I have off then on Thursday I work at the hotel Thanksgiving Day. I work the following two days for a co-worker who is filling in for me next week, when I'll be in Philadelphia with my Canadian Travel Buddy, Pat.  Every day folks, I treasure and appreciate my ability to work and to enjoy my quarterly get-togethers Pat.  


Jon said...

Our health issues never get any easier, do they Ron? Hopefully you won't need the invasive bladder procedure. I'll be sending positive thoughts your way. I sure remember the time I had kidney stones. It was one of the most painful experiences of my life.
I hope you have a pleasant Thanksgiving Day - and a great time in Canada next week!

Travel said...

Get it checked, my brother in law waited until he was pissing blood, and has a real mess on his hands.

Ron said...

I've decided to get the procedure if my urologist recommends it.

Ron said...

It seems at this time of my life I have one invasive procedure after another. I'm also due for another colonoscopy. I have to get one every three years now because I had several polyps last time. The kidney stones were the most painful episodes of my life. I hope I never have to go through that again in my lifetime.
You have a good Thanksgiving to Jon. I'll be in Philly next week with Pat. We visit Philadelphia twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. I visit him Canada at the end of the summer and we both visit California (for two weeks) in February, just to get away from the cold for a few weeks.

nitewrit said...


I read your blog and I think you are having a harder time than I health-wise. I don't want any more invasive procedures and actually, no more eulogists of any stripe. Have the best Thanksgiving you can manage and a great trip to Philly.


Ron said...

I am having my challenges but I think I'm better off than you are. I do have my aches and pains though, every day. I also have balance problems. One of my biggest fears if falling. I've already fallen with disastrous consequences. I am so thankful I can walk again, that one was a close call when I tore my quadricep muscle on my left leg three years ago. Even though I can walk that leg hasn't been the same since. I'm still here though.