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Head under water PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:46

Hazel started swimming lessons a week ago and it's been a struggle. She has a genuine fear of getting her eyes wet in the tub so you can only imagine what putting her head under water in class is like.

Every morning is a struggle for Aline to get her to go.

And then she splashes and enjoys her time there. Very frustrating. It has been getting better though. On Monday she put her head in the water eight times and she did it three more times yesterday so some small progress is being made.

Relief PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 05:00

Stent removed this morning. Relief . . . I think. Felt original kidney stone-like pain for about an hour before lunch which dissipated. Big test will be trying to job or bike later this evening.

Stable PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2011 13:18

Stable but miserable. Looking forward to next Wednesday when they remove this tube. Find the most comfortable position is lying down so I try not to be upright as much as possible.

Miserable PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 July 2011 19:00

Didnít drink much over the weekend because of the pain experienced when urinating. Tried to drink as much as possible today and felt slightly better. Went to see my family doctor because of the nagging issues and to get a refill of my antibiotics prescription. She thinks the pain revolves around me not being the comfortable with the stent. I looked it up and all the things Iím complaining about are typical side effects:

  • The individual might feel an increased need to urinate.
  • The frequent need could also feel urgent.
  • Blood can be visible in the urine.After urination, the urge to urinate might not subside.
  • A urethral stent can cause pain or discomfort in the bladder or in the kidney.
  • Kidney pain is often felt in the back or on the side.
  • Certain body positions may be intolerable because they place too much strain on the stent

Lucky me.

Feeling worse PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 19:00

Second week worse. Out of medication. Canada Day weekend was miserable.

Feeling better? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:00

First week I felt I was improving. Kidney pain gone and replaced by burning sensation when I had to pee which apparently is normal and should subside as time goes on and antibiotics work their magic.

Discomfort PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 June 2011 19:00

Doctors promised to remove the catheter at 5AM. They were late but as I barely moved out of discomfort all night it wasnít all that bad and they did come by to get rid of it at 8AM. Breakfast was nothing to write about. Was released at noon after I proved I could pee on my own and pass gas (whatís up with that?) but I did decide to stay for lunch before having Paul pick me up. Was fearful of more complications so I walked slowly to the pharmacy with Sam that afternoon to fill a new prescription for pain and antibiotics.

Blockage PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 18 June 2011 19:00

Aline came to visit around noon and stayed with me till around 8PM. I really appreciated that. Her parents came by to take care of the kids so we could spend a little time together. We talked. Did a couple of crosswords. And enjoyed a little kid-free time. As promised, doctors came for me around 4PM to operate. We joked with the attendants Ė how come Aline had to walk down to surgery when she gave birth but I got a ride to the operating room? (Apparently women are tougher.) Surgery was a success and I went into the recovery room at 7PM to discover I had a catheter attached to me and a 12cm stent inserted inside me to help drain fluid from my kidney to my bladder. Lucky me. Apparently it wonít be removed until July 13. Although the doctors promised me I could eat anything Ė the nurses disagreed and said Iíd have to wait for breakfast the following day.

Complications PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 June 2011 19:00

I slept relatively well Friday evening but woke up around 4AM and took a painkiller. Felt low level pain throughout the morning and I was taking the maximum two pills every four hours. From 1PM to 3PM the pain grew stronger. By 4PM I couldnít handle it anymore and again asked my neighbour to drive me to the emergency unit. Less painful than yesterday and they had a drug drip in me by 4:30PM which immediately relieved the pain. An Xray and Cscan later indicated possible infection and likely stone blockage so doctors decided to keep me overnight and fix the problem on Sunday afternoon. Nurses were great as they scrounged up a supper sandwich for me at 11:30PM which was really nice considering I hadnít eaten all day and instructions were not to eat on Sunday.

Drop kick those stones PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 June 2011 19:00

Iíve been looking forward to this day for six months. After half a year of pains in my right side caused by a 10 mm kidney stone, today was the scheduled date for my shock wave lithotripsy procedure to blast that stone to smithereens.

Who knew that afterwards Iíd look back upon the initial pains with fondness in the aftermath of the procedure?

According to the doctors the procedure went well. I arrived before noon and was done by 3PM. I vaguely remember the sharp hammer-like pounding of the treatment. But that may have just been the drugs. My brother-in-law drove me home and I remember enjoying supper at 5 with the family. But the pain came back after supper. In ever-increasing intensity. I recall lying on the floor on my back and breathing deeply while watching cartoons with the kids at 6:30. As Aline put them to bed I started feeling worse and by 7:45 I took an old expired Tylenol3 pill. Moments later I was shivering and feeling light-headed and couldnít decide if it was the pain or the medicine causing the chills. So I packed for a trip to the emergency unit of the Ottawa Hospital and had my next door neighbour drop me off. By 8:20 I was huffing and puffing. By 8:30 I was in tears. By 8:40 I had a wonder drug drip coursing through my veins providing relief. I was released at 11PM and I took a taxi to a pharmacy to get my painkiller prescriptions filled. The doctors said the pain medication prescription was stronger than the drip I had been on . . . .

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