Today is pretty much just a rest day for me (I wish it could be for Rick too, as he is utterly exhausted). We spent 5 hours (amazingly short, I think) at the ER last night. I got to see how very much my husband does NOT like hospitals now!!!
Bottom line, the stone is still stuck in there. The hospital nor urologist isn't freaked out by the amount of blood I've passed, even though it got so dark my urine was BLACK at one point yesterday and deep, vivid RED most of the rest of the day! After an IV of fluids, (one expensive bag of water!) they sent me home. I'm still in very little pain and the ER doctor said this is likely a reason to be thankful that the stone is on my primarily stroked side as I'm not feeling like I normally would! I'll see the urologist again next Wednesday (it will be about 4 weeks since this all started as yesterday was exactly 3 weeks since my first real symptoms) unless I spike a fever over 102 between now and then. I'm not too happy with the timing of any of this as I had my double arterial surgeries on Thanksgiving morning, just two years ago.
The biggest news last night was concerning my intestinal paralysis. Even though I hadn't realized it to be an ongoing issue, the doctor seemed more surprised and concerned about what he found with my digestive tract than he even was with my stone (since urine came back with no sign of infection and the other kidney seems to be functioning well). The good news is that we finally have a valid explanation of why I keep gaining weight and just refuse to loose. The bad news is I went to the hospital with one known issue and came home with two! Now to see what, if anything, can be done to compensate for this problem.
The LORD is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father's God, and I will exalt him. - Exodus 15:2
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