https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=4606452751679&set=vb.1003215525&type=2&theater . Most of the things I find funny right now include bodily functions about on par with my 7-year-old's humor level. I call it "minion humor." As my doctor says, "laughter really is the best medicine," so that gives me permission to act like a kid in this department, is a pain coping mechanism and good for stress levels too!
The up side to CPS is that, so far (now the 4mm stone hasn't passed yet, so it may get a whole lot more painful before it starts to get better) this pain that everyone tells me is "worse than childbirth" has only been running up to about a 6 on my pain scale because I know what pain can mean and this isn't it yet! A friend asked how I was doing pain-wise and I told her it hurts, but after CPS, sublexed shoulder, hyper-stimulated ovary during fertility treatments, 3 miscarriages, 3 natural fairly full term labors, one that tried to rupture my cervix because it wouldn't dilate properly, years of fibromyalgia and endometriosis, TN (trigeminal nerve) pain, dislocated jaw, a couple of broken bones, and multiple surgeries, so far I've been thankful that, compared to any of those experiences, this pain is actually pretty doable, so far. Mostly I'm just really run down, tired, foggy-brained, and my back is much less painful if I stay flat in the warm waterbed (sort of like having a giant heating pad under my back).
Maybe I'm just in denial about what's yet to come, but right now it feels about like relatively mild endometriosis. People ask about pain management and basically I have few options. I'm allergic to just about every prescription pain drug known to man, so pretty much I just use Tylenol (took 2 yesterday and that's all I've taken this entire process) and have Tramadol I can take with Benadry, then crawl in bed with my Epi pen in case the reaction gets too bad - that's the prescription I seem to tolerate the best. I see urologist tomorrow for 4mm stone. If we get through all of this soon enough, I'm scheduled for a foot surgery on the 25th. Interesting month.
No big stroke news today other than to say, antidotally, several strokies have now told me that they never had kidney stones until after their strokes and several have now had multiple attacks. I have to wonder if this is related to all the sitting recovery demands or somehow tied to internal paralysis or anything? Maybe there's no real link at all. Just thinking out loud here...
Kathy is coming to take me to do battle with DMV today. As of Monday night, I found out that all the weeks of jumping through burocratic loop holes has pretty much been for not and I only have through the end of this business day (kidney stones or no) to accomplish a whole new direction in paperwork and a different specialist's signature (that I need to go in person to make sure actually happens) and such. Have a stroke and get treated like a criminal by your government, two years later, because they didn't bother to tell you that they didn't accept what you already went out of your way to submit and thought was fully cared for long ago. Well, I'm going to do what I can do today. Beyond that, if I loose my driver's license for good, it is what it is. :(