I swear I sat down every night ready to write a post, but it all just felt jumbled and forced. Life just kept coming at me faster and faster and I had no time to sort anything out. I did my workouts, I went to work, I cooked meals, I cleaned, I drove everyone to their appointments, the girls had their first sleepover (one kid could not stay because of a mild head injury received at our house while goofing around), and all while managing that awful back pain.
My birthday arrived and it was a pretty good day. Got my workout in, left for work on time, had a nice day massaging people, things got a little stressful at home, and a friend of mine was able to come over and hang out. Then I woke up the next morning. The pain was pretty bad. I tried moving to the couch. It got worse and I didn’t want the kids to see me cry. My husband tried helping me with massage, but he was barely awake and every time he stopped the pain was worse. Then we thought about driving me into the doctor’s office and then it was call the ambulance now.
My poor kids watched as I crawled and scooted down the stairs, threw up, and then got strapped onto a stretcher. The ambulance had to stop to pick up the EMT with the pain medication. We were all beginning to assume it was kidney stones. The rest is a bit of a blur, but CT scan confirmed the kidney stone. The x-ray verified where it was. A 7mm kidney stone just below my kidney and some smaller ones inside it. And yes, it hurts worse than childbirth. Childbirth was a 7 or an 8 on my pain scale. This was an 11.
I’ve been here for three days now and have a stent in my ureter. They’re waiting for my culture results to see what kind of infection I have with this. I can’t leave until they know what kind of antibiotics to give me. But between the back pain and now these stones, things need to change. I cannot keep up with chasing everything. Right now, I’m enjoying the rest (between the rounds of pain) and taking the vacation I had denied myself. Hopefully it will be the start of something better when I get out of here.