Today, after getting an x-ray, I consulted with my urologist. Which is really just a fancy word for saying I stood in his office while he expounded, at length, about the options I have since this kidney stone HASN’T LEFT YET.
Seriously, I’ve known marriages that haven’t lasted as long as this kidney stone.
Basically, at the doctor’s urging, next Friday I will be undergoing a newer type of procedure. As I understand it, the doctor will insert a long fiber optic scope up through my plumbing. This has a tiny laser on it, and the doctor will blast that kidney stone with small laser pulses, then remove the tiny fragments, one by one.
It’s not a fast procedure- taking up to an hour and a half. It’s quite intensive on his part, the doctor assured me, but he’s up to it. Then he added magnanimously that it’s much less painful for me than regular surgery.
Whatever Dr. Peacock, we all know you’re just dying to do the procedure.
Still, I’m grateful I won’t have to be cut into, or need to spend the night in the hospital. Less invasive is best.
After my appointment, I joined up with the rest of my family in the lobby. They could tell by the expression on my face that it wasn’t the best case scenario that we had hoped for.
My son put his arm around me and said in what he considered to be an encouraging voice (that in reality is just a few decibels shy of noise pollution levels), “We’re going to beat this stone yet, don’t give up.” My five year old gently rubbed my hip where she mistakenly believes my kidney stone resides. My other daughter gave me a big hug and my husband took us all out to breakfast.
As you can see Team Kidney Stone Removal completely has my back. Dang it, I love my family. I really do.
In better news, most of the crazy side effects caused by all the medication have gone and I’m not in tons of pain. It pretty much just feels like I’ve got cramps all day long, which isn’t that big of a deal compared to how I used to feel.
The best part is that I have peace of mind knowing in one week this kidney stone will be evicted! And that, my friends, is excellent news. Such excellent news, in fact, that we may just celebrate January 25th each year as Kidney Stone Emancipation Day.