Thursday, March 13, 2008

Kidney Stones: Labor With No Baby

I just had a kidney stone blasted to smithereens by way of Lithotripsy. It had made it to the lower part of my ureter then screamed, “screw you ... I’m staying right here”. I had been having minute amounts of blood in my urine for 5 weeks so I figured it was only a matter of time before a stone made itself known.

I had Lithotripsy about 14 years ago for a stone that was lodged ½ down my ureter. Nothing like having pains that meet and exceed the pains of labor but without a cute little baby at the end!

The first Litho I had, they used general anesthesia. This time they used sedation. I was very nervous about this sedation thing, having never experienced it before. I just knew they would let me “wake up” and I’d feel something, but I didn’t. Plus, and a HUGE plus it was, I did NOT wake up hurling like I do with general anesthesia.

Now if they could find a CT or an x-ray that could locate the depression, and find a way to blast it to smithereens so I could piss it away, wouldn’t the world be a better place?!?