Friday, July 31, 2009

A Little Under the Weather

Just wanted to let you all know that yes, I realize that I have not posted in a while. Just wanted to explain myself:

The last night of my class reunion I ended up leaving about an hour & a half early because I just didn't feel right. Well, I ended up puking all night (sorry to be so blunt!) & getting no sleep. (And no, it wasn't because I had too much to drink either.) Anyway, I spent all day Sunday & Monday in bed & half of Tuesday until my husband Paul drug my butt out of bed & to the doctor.

After a series of tests, it was determined that I had a HUGE (2 cm - yes, you are reading that right - 2 cm) kidney stone that was actually lodged in my ureter (tubes that connect the kidneys to the bladder) & blocking any waste from being removed from my left kidney. So, I ended up being transfered to a bigger hospital under the care of a wonderful doctor. It was decided Tuesday evening that I was going to have surgery on Wednesday afternoon to remove the boulder (as the doctor called it).

Well, wouldn't you know it. In the middle of the night Tuesday, I spiked a high fever so the nurse ended up calling the doctor & he decided to take me down for emergency surgery early Wednesday morning. There was so much infection & my left kidney had completely shut down so the doctor ended up putting a stent in so the infection could drain for a few days before removing the stone.

So, I am at home now. Doing okay - just very sore. The new plan is to go back to the hospital next Tuesday for surgery to blast the boulder & remove it. I will then have a follow up appointment a few days later to have the stent removed.

Not really how I wanted to spend this last week, but it could have ended much worse. My doctor told me it was a good thing Paul talked me into coming into the office because if I would have waited a day or two, I could have ended up with major kidney problems & a body full of infection. Now that would not have been good!!!


Stephanie said...

Goodness gracious!!!!! I'm so glad you're okay!!!!! I'll be thinking of you in the next few days!!! Rest and feel better very soon :)

Missy said...

Oh Heather! Bless your heart, girl! I cannot believe all you have been through :( I hope you are resting up and getting some relief! HUGS!