Thursday, July 7, 2011

This week has been a whirlwind of busy activity (and not in a good way).  On Monday night my husband tossed and turned, tossed and turned ALL NIGHT until about 5 am when he woke up in so much pain that it kind of scared me.  We decided that he needed to go to the ER so at 5:30 am with less than 2 hours of sleep between us we headed to the hospital. 

me and jamie 2


Six hours later my husband had been given a shot of Toradol (a pain medicine typically given for kidney stones), a shot of Morphine, an IV, and 2 XRAY’s.  We soon found out, much to our dismay, that a rather large kidney stone was the cause of all of the pain.  Kidney stones are nothing new for my husband, he has had 3 in the past year, but this particular kidney stone was too large and too stubborn for my husband to pass on his own.  When the urologist told my husband that he was going to have to have surgery I think Jamie was ready to get up and run right then, never having had any type of surgery before…ever, Jamie was less than thrilled with the thought of being put  to sleep. 


Fast forward to yesterday morning and we were back at the hospital, this time for Jamie to have the stone surgically removed.  Around 1 pm the urologist came out of the OR to let me know how things had gone during surgery, he let me know that Jamie was doing fine and coming around in the recovery room, that was the last bit of good news that we received.  The urologist went on to tell me that the stone was stuck in the urinary tract and that he was unable to remove it.  Instead of removing the stone the urologist had to force the stone back into the kidney, which to me sounds beyond horrible, and added a stent to the area of the urinary tract being obstructed by the stone.  On top of the painfully annoying stent, my husband found out that he would have to go back to another urologist (the one he seen yesterday is going out of the country this Saturday…figures) on Monday or Tuesday of next week to have the stone either pulled out or lasered into passable pieces.  That means driving at least an hour away to another hospital, seeing a new doctor, having to go through surgery again, having another stent inserted (for at least 3 days) and then having it removed the following Monday.  On top of all of that my husband hasn’t been to work at all this week and will likely not be able to to go work next week either, thank God my husband works for an amazing company and he has enough paid sick days and paid vacation amassed that he will still get paid.


My husband and I have been together for nearly 5 years and I’ve never in that time, ever, seen him in so much pain.  He’s heavily, heavily medicated (thank God) and hasn’t felt like doing anything the past few days…it’s been a long week, hence no posts from me! 


I just thought I’d let y’all know why I haven’t been around this week, hopefully things will be back to normal soon.  Hope y’all are enjoying this gorgeous, HOT, July weather!


  1. Well i believe renal pain patient needs to drink as much water as he can. Its not compulsory to only have water, any type of liquid.

  2. Well kidney problem is extremely painful. I agree with guantes de latex, drink as much water as you can.

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