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16 September 2018 @ 08:48 am
Well, shit.  
So, hi. I post this from the hospital, where I have been for the past 56ish hours with an infected kidney stone. Thankfully, I have not gone septic and I had the stone surgically lasered last night, so I feel a lot better today. But it was not pleasant. I had a 9mm stone caught at the very end of my ureter, which can only expand to 5mm. Urology was very impressed that I was able to get it that far, but I couldn’t get it out the rest of the way, so they had to go in and break it up with a laser. I have a stent now, which is slightly unpleasant, and the first hour or so after waking up was uncomfortable, but the pain is gone now, so I’m content. I had a CT scan to diagnose the stone, and they couldn’t see any others, so hopefully I won’t make too many new ones too soon. Or ever, but that might be too much to hope for. At the very least, we can hope I don’t have one this big again. The staff have been amazing at both hospitals (went to emergency at one and was sent to the bigger one for admittance). However, I did have to stay quite awhile in both ERs and there were quite a few interesting characters around. Shout outs to:

Small Precocious Boy and Endlessly Patient, Awesome Mom, who answered each and every question he had factually and with great diligence. Sorry you couldn’t have ‘just one’ glove to play with, but I hope your rash is better soon.

Confused Old Man and Histrionic Lady with Cellulitis And Also So Many Other Ailments But Apparently Refusing to Take Any Medication For Them, who vomited in stereo on the bed bays on either side of me for most of the night.

Nice Girl in Waiting Room who got up to fetch me a new vomit bag after I’d used mine. Sorry to the waiting room for having to watch me vomit.

Bitter Lady in Waiting Room who parked her wheelchair specifically to block the most direct path through triage, berated the entire medical system and insisted she needed a push to the waiting room, but was able to go out on her own for a smoke somehow.

Confused Old Lady With Swollen Feet, who responded with ‘can you please take a seat’ with ‘I’m 96 years old’, and only got more adorable and feisty from there.

Lovely Old Italian (?) Couple, especially Cute Old Man With Back Pain, who I want to be my possibly Italian grandpa.

I’m free to go home at any point now, but Mum and Dad have gone home for some proper sleep and to visit with Ascii, who apparently slept in my room last night, on my clothes. :(
 
 
 
donutsweeperdonutsweeper on September 16th, 2018 01:32 pm (UTC)
Oh no!! I hope you feel better soon!!
aelfgyfu_mead: Carson Beckettaelfgyfu_mead on September 16th, 2018 03:50 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry! I'm glad you're through the worst of it—that's a heck of a lot to go through! You'll be in my prayers: may nothing like this ever happen again.

Do you have to have the stent for long?

*****hugs*****
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry magickingawanderingbard on September 16th, 2018 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It’s not been pleasant, but I’ve been well taken care of. The stent will be in for four to six weeks, apparently. I don’t think it will be too bad once the stone fragments have finished going through. I think that’s where the discomfort is coming from. Not as bad as passing big ones, but still unpleasant.
aelfgyfu_mead: Blanket fortaelfgyfu_mead on September 16th, 2018 09:01 pm (UTC)
Four to six weeks?! I hope the fragments pass very quickly!
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry magickingawanderingbard on September 16th, 2018 10:57 pm (UTC)
The fragments probably won’t take that long to pass, but the stone was embedded into my ureter, so it has to heal. Left on its own, it would swell shut from the trauma and block the urine flow, just like the stone. The stent is like a doorstop making sure it can’t close up and the urine can get by. Once the swelling goes down, it will probably feel better. It’s just right now that my body telling me something’s there. Hopefully I’ll get used to it in a few days, like how you get used to wearing glasses and can’t feel them on your face after a bit. It’s already a bit better tonight.
aelfgyfu_mead: Marthaaelfgyfu_mead on September 17th, 2018 12:15 am (UTC)
It’s already a bit better tonight.
Glad to hear it.