A friend's (who is in labor as I post, please pray for this multiple previous loss Mommy and her son with known heart defects!) hysterical pregnancy shots. Since it is likely to start snowing here this afternoon, it seemed like a good time to share. :)
Or what about this one. Maybe a way we could help out our guys this winter, Kendra? ;)
Tuesday afternoon I tried, not expecting anything to happen, and I could snap the fingers on my left hand for the first time in over two years, and loud enough to even hear a snap! Totally exciting surprise! Joy. :)
I'll also be posting about how I adapted a standard kitchen tool to meet my occupational needs, once I hear about how the idea works for a friend. But let me give you a spoiler and say that I managed to cut three bites of my own pork steak on Rick's birthday last week. Another post-stroke first!
My kidney update is that Rick and I talked this morning and are not going to try beer or any other natural ideas that kind folks are sending (I have lots of helpful ideas in my PM box, all different from one another, of course) because we have the added medical issue of internal stroke paralysis (estuation tube of my ear, causing deafness, intestines have required much help, especially the first year!, etc.) so we suspect the ureter may also be compromised and needs ongoing medical supervision.
Of course, the kidney stone is in my most profoundly stroked side! (Weird side note, I would swear it is on the right side as that's where I primarily and most severely feel it when it does flair up. My doctor is rather fascinated by the referred pain because he can thump on my left kidney that has such strange perception of feeling and make me flinch on the right side instead. Another odd gift of stroke deficits and the messed up signals between my body and brain, apparently.)
So. presuming I stay out of the emergency room between now and then, I get an x-ray again on the 25th, see the doctor again on the 27th of this month, and we go from there. My Urologist says if there is still no major movement of the stone by then, he will give me up to 3 more weeks to try to pass it on my own, then he will step in and do surgery if I haven't been able to pass it yet. Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. (As I'm pretty sure nothing exciting is happening now as the kidneys likely want to get smack damp in the middle of holiday celebration!).
I had a lot of blood in my urine and some back/abdominal pain not quite 2 weeks ago. Doctors started me on antibiotics (take my last tonight!) and while I've had some discomfort and a few bad days, generally the past week hasn't been bad at all, mostly just utter exhaustion, but little to no overall pain and a few sudden twinges that are more noticeable but typically quite short-lived. In fact, if it weren't for the ongoing discolored urine and sometimes not being able to establish flow at all, I would say the issue is pretty much resolved. But with a 4mm stone we know to be lodged in there and the ongoing urinary symptoms, it can't be ignored indefinitely. I'm hopeful that my appetite improves after finishing the antibiotics because I'm often nauseated and am eating next to nothing for nearly two weeks now (but have not lost ANY weight, go figure!).
I still have trouble actually turning myself around and would fall on my face if I tried to put a hand or foot "in" but this sign totally makes me giggle!