Friday, April 4, 2014

Kidney Stones

I know there are many people that suffer from bouts with kidney stones, but I hope that those in the Hambrick household will never have to experience it again. 
Jake woke up with massive pains in the middle of the night that sent us to the ER.  We had to call Pearsons to come over at 3am to be home with the boys while we tried to figure out what was wrong with Jake. 
First off, you know it's a massive issue if Jake says to go to the ER.  It's hard enough to get him to go to the doctor for things.  Secondly, it was pretty horrendous because I actually put in for a substitute!  And any teacher knows it's a major pain in the patoot to take care of sub plans.  Good thing I had a few hours in the ER in the wee hours of the morning to do that.
So his stone was pretty large.  In fact, he only had a 50/50 chance of passing it on his own.  So the doctor gave him some pain meds and other scrips and we went home.  Luckily we got into the urologist the next day.  They immediately asked if he wanted to have it blasted.  (We were very glad to have the choice!)  Thanks to an intense pain level and great insurance, the choice wasn't a hard one to make!  The only problem was he had to wait an entire week!  Wow!
The pain kind of stablilized enough for me to go into work on Friday.  We had a little snow storm that Sunday into Monday that kept me out of work until Thursday.  I didn't have to worry about subs or anything the day he had surgery.
That Sunday was a rough one!  We ended up back in the ER - the kids spent the night at Pearsons.  That was crappy!  I don't like trying to sleep in a chair while my hubby is completely drugged up but still in pain.  Not fun!
Luckily all went well with surgery.  There was no way he was going to pass the stone on his own as we found out his uretur is really narrow.  They had to angioplasty the uretur just to get the scope up to the stone.  Then they put in a stint and told him to keep it in a week!  Yikes!
This is the stint.  This was an entirely different issue than the stone.  Let's just say both of us were glad when it could come out.  When Jake was in pain or didn't sleep well, then neither did I.  So it was a relief when the 2 week ordeal was over.
Thankfully Jake is back to normal.  We're changing things in our diet and other habits (except I haven't kicked Dr Pepper yet) to help reduce the chances of all of this happening again.

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