Hi, my name is Michelle and I have kidney stones.

I remember the first time I felt kidney stone pain.  Just like it was yesterday.  Even though it was 16 years and 1 month ago.  Not that I am counting or anything.

I was pregnant with H at the time.  Fat pregnant.  At first I thought I had food poisoning because I was so sick to my tummy.  My "food poisoning" pain turned into the most excruciating pain ever.


I cried.  I screamed.  I crawled on the floor.  I was throwing up.  After hours of this I ended up in the emergency room in the middle of the night.  Since I was very pregnant they rushed me to the OB part of the hospital.

~I knew it was not the baby.~

They hooked me up to every machine possible.  I think they asked me over a hundred times if I had fallen.  I kept telling them it wasn't the baby.  After they figured out that it wasn't the baby on their own they dosed me up on morphine.  A shot right in the hip.  They'd switch off hips when the pain returned.

I know I'm boring you so let me make this long story very short.

They finally figured out it was kidney stones.  I was taken by ambulance to another hospital across the street to have a basket taken up to my kidney to get the stones and a stint was put in from my kidney to my bladder.  After a full week in the hospital I was allowed to come home.  

They even mailed me an ambulance bill for the ride across the street a few days later.  Wasn't that nice of them?

Anyway, I know the pain of a kidney stone.  It comes from time to time and I will end up the ER to go through a routine I am all familiar with.  Pee in a cup which will show blood in my urine.  An IV with fluids.  Some sort of scan then pain medications.  Good pain medications.  Then I am usually sent home with something to catch my urine and strainers to catch the stone.  How exciting for me!??!??!?  I am the life of the par-tay.

I've gone through two urologists.  They have retired over time.  So, when I go to the doctor on Wednesday I get to meet a third doctor.  I get to tell him the kidney stone history.

Yes, I have changed my diet.  I've given up things I love, like coffee.  Did it help?  No, I still got kidney stones.

Yes, I've gone through tests.  What did they show?  That I have two healthy kidneys.

Oh well, I'll be glad when Wednesday rolls around.


Mrs Furious said…
"Since I was very pregnant they rushed me to the OB part of the hospital."

I had kidney stones with Ruby. I was actually overdue when I had to be rushed to the hospital because I was in so much pain and I *knew* it wasn't the baby. Of course I get in there and the nurse at the check in counter is like "just keep breathing" in a condescending voice like she sees this all the time with new mom's in labor and I wanted to have my head spin around and spit out fire and scream "I AM NOT IN LABOR!!!!"
Red Neck Diva said…
I am very glad that you have a doc's appt also.I know that it puts such a damper on a normally happy michelle so i wish you well and hope that you feel better very soon
Monica said…
ard to Wednesday to find out abot the birth of the stones too...lol
Kelli said…
I can't imagine your frustration with these kidney stones. I'm so sorry Michelle. I want you to know that I prayed for you this morning.
Supermom said…
Thank you Kelli! I appreciate that! But more I appreciate you!