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Last week started off with a fairly good Monday and I was really hoping to get back on track with my running. My friend, whose girls I watch during the week, stayed over for dinner Monday night and things were great. We had a nice easy dinner while the kids played and even had my first try at homemade ice cream(need a better recipe for that), when all of a sudden as I was washing dishes and had a horrible pain in my side and back.
I have never had anything like this before so I did not have a clue what was going on with me. The horrible pain just kept getting worse and stronger. What dinner I did eat started coming back up and the pain just got more intense. I called my mom, who is a nurse, and we decided I needed to go to the ER. Thankfully my friend was here to help me get the kids packed up while I waited for my dad to come pick me up(hubby was at a movie screening).
We tried going to a minor ER place that wound up being a total waste of over an hour because they had no ultrasound or CT scan equipment that could show what was going on with me. The doctor there explained that it could be several things that could cause it and we were hoping that it was not serious.
My husband met me at the clinic and we then took off for a real ER. The one closest to us had a crazy long wait and I knew I couldn’t wait that long to be seen. We got in quickly to the other ER, but wound up waiting in the room for well over an hour, all the while I am writhing in pain and they give me nothing for it.
Finally at 11 or so at night the doctor comes in and they give me an IV and some pain meds. I was really dehydrated after puking my guts up from the pain. They did a CT scan and discovered that I have a small kidney stone in each kidney. Once the pain meds kicked in, I could finally somewhat walk without feeling like I was going to pass out from the horrible pain and the nausea lessened.
The next day I still couldn’t keep much of anything down, not even water or crackers. I was feeling better by Wednesday as far as the pain, but still didn’t eat until lunch time. The pain finally stopped all together by Friday so I am guessing that the stone passed. Since it was also TOM, I wasn’t able to see if the stone passed.
I have a feeling that there are several factors that contributed to getting a kidney stone. I had severely decreased the amount of water and liquids that I was drinking each day since I all but stopped working out. My food eating habits had gone down hill as well. Definitely a lesson learned and major wake up call.
I am still trying to regain my strength and find foods that I even want to eat. I have ben doing much better on getting my water in each day and have been trying to stay focused as to what I eat each day. It is hard being a mom and actually taking the time to think about yourself. I am not looking forward to the bill that will be coming from this horrible pain from a kidney stone, but I had to go in to see what was causing it. It sure was scary!!!
Have you ever had a kidney stone? Do you have any tips on helping to pass them more quickly?