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a long post about why I haven't posted in so long

August 27th, 2010 at 10:47 am

Around 10 pm on Aug 10 I started throwing up. This was accompanied by severe back pain on one side. Since I'd had several kidney stones before I knew the symptoms and started with my normal procedures to pass one. Usually they pass. I've only had to go to the hospital twice before. Once it was gone by the time I got there and once I spent all day and it finally passed without any interference from them.

Anyways I started drinking lots of water and took some Cranberry pills. The problem with the pills is I kept throwing up so they weren't getting into my system. I need to buy some juice to keep on hand. This lasted all night untill I was only throwing up water - nothing left in my system and still in pain. So I checked with the local Urgent Care but they didn't open until 8 and they didn't have any equipment to deal with kidney stones. So I called my mom and dad to drive me to the hospital in the next town.

Unfortunately they were busy and it was more than an hour before I got checked in. They said the previous day they had only had one patient. They did an ultrasound and found out I had a 12 centimeter kidney stone. The dr planned to go in and reconnect my kidney around it.

That was the plan anyways. When he got in he got the stent around the stone and hit a pocket of infection which went thru my whole system putting me in septic shock. The pus and infection infected all my organs. There happened to be a clinical study being done in the hospital right then on septic shock and how their drug might treat it better. They contacted my parents and they had 30 minutes to decide whether to allow them to treat me or not. My parents knew people who had died from septic shock or who had been sick for more than a year recuperating from it. The mortality rate is 50%. Mom consented to the study.

At that point they went in and took out my gall bladder because it had already become infected. I had a very difficult time coming out of the anethesia. Once they had me woke up, they turned around and put me in a coma for 8 days, while they tried to flush all the toxins out of my system. After 8 days they woke me up.

I was incredibly confused at first and was kept in ICU for 2 days. Then they moved me to an Intensive Care room. By the third day I could stand with help. On the forth day I could walk slowly using a walker. On the fifth day they sent me home to my parents. This was last Sunday. I was so happy to be out of that hospital and the shower I took when I got to my parents is problably one of the 10 best feelings in my life.

At first I was incredibly tired after doing any little thing. Even lifting a spoon to eat was a hugh chore. But I gained strength each day. By Wednesday I was walking without the walker or a cane and Thursday I went up and down the stairs without a problem. So my parents brought me back to my house last night.

I still get tired very easily, but I just rest for awhile until I have more energy. Mom and I are walking about a 1/4 of what we did before. I try to add a little more each day. I have a hard time eating since I'm not hungry and nothing tasted right. All the antibiotics wiped out my taste buds for now.

Because I was in a clinical trial I don't know for sure if I got the drug or a placebo, but based on my recovery and things the nurses said I'm pretty sure I got the drug. Eventually they are supposed to let me know.

I still have the issue of having a 12 centimeter stone in my body and they saw an unidentified mass on my kidney from before. That could have been the pocket of infection or it could be something else. I have follow up appointments to deal with it. I also have a ton of bills coming up with no idea right now what this will cost. I have a $2000 deductible so I'm sure it's at least that much.

But for now I'm alive and home and not in pain - so I feel good. My concentration isn't that good so I'm not reading as fast buy I did finish the library book Whiplash by Catherine Coulter. Mystery - very good

25 Responses to “a long post about why I haven't posted in so long”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Wow! You had to go through quite the ordeal. I'm so glad to hear that you are well or at least on the road to recovery. ((Hugs)) I hope that you feel like yourself again VERY soon!

  2. scottish girl Says:

    Glad to hear you're on the road to recovery. Hope you get better soon

  3. LittleMsMom Says:

    I wish you a speedy recovery.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    My husband has had kidney stones before, so i know all about the pain. He just recently (3 weeks) ago, had his gall bladder taken out. He lost a lot of weight, but now he feels much better. I am sure you will feel better every day!

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    So, cranberry juice helps? I did not know that. I hope you get well soon!

  6. NJDebbie Says:

    OMG, I'm so happy that you are better! Wishes for a full recovery. ((HUGS))

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Yikes! What a lot you have been through. Here's to feeling better.

  8. campfrugal Says:

    Wow, that is just a lot to deal with. We missed you and glad you are back. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  9. Jerry Says:

    What an incredibly tough ordeal! I'm so glad that it all leads to you being home again and feeling stronger. Yes, I'm sure that you hit your insurance deductible with all of that, but it is well worth it and that is why we have it to begin with. I still can't believe you have a 12cm stone in there! That's enormous... glad you are on the mend.
    Jerry

  10. Jerry Says:

    What an incredibly tough ordeal! I'm so glad that it all leads to you being home again and feeling stronger. Yes, I'm sure that you hit your insurance deductible with all of that

  11. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    oh dear, glad to see you on the computer with ease. be careful!

  12. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Wow! What an ordeal you've been through. I'm glad you're back with us, and the drug/placebo worked!!

  13. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, my gosh! I kept getting chills reading this. What a round of assaults on your body! But it sounds as if you are regaining strength remarkably quickly. Please be careful. Don't go any place where you could sort of get stranded, too tired to get to a place to sit down or too tired to drive home-- that sort of thing. I hope you recover fast enough to get that stone taken care of ASAP.

    And your poor parents! They must have had the fright of their lives.

  14. Miclason Says:

    wow! glad to hear you´re feeling better!

  15. ceejay74 Says:

    Wow, that was really intense just to read--I can't imagine going through it! A co-worker of mine had gall-bladder surgery, and she lost a ton of weight (only temporarily; now she's back to normal) and really walked around gingerly for awhile even after her disability was over.

    I'm so glad you're feeling better, and I hope everything else gets straightened out.

  16. whitestripe Says:

    gosh, what an ordeal. so glad you are ok. best wishes on your recovery.

  17. Tightwad Kitty Says:

    What an incredibly tough ordeal! Wish you a speedy recovery and I hope you recover fast enough to get that stone taken care of ASAP.

  18. Analise Says:

    I am so sorry you had to go through this terrible experience, but it's good to hear you are on the mend. Good luck with the stone and hope you get well soon.

  19. Waterfall Says:

    I'm glad you went to the hospital in time. I'm sorry you had to go through all of that, though. Take it easy and you'll feel stronger as time goes on. I hope the doctors can get everything cleared up.

  20. LuxLiving Says:

    Mercy!!! Feel better soon!!

  21. crazyliblady Says:

    I read both this post and the post before it. Wow. That was a medical nightmare. I am so happy you are feeling better. And thanks to your good financial planning, you are in good shape there, too!

  22. baselle Says:

    Wow. You are definitely the model of the person who is prepared, no matter what happens. Sepsis is not something to mess with; my fingers are crossed that that mystery mass you describe is not another problem. Take care!

  23. dmontngrey Says:

    Oh my goodness! I'm so glad to hear you're on the mend! Scary indeed!

  24. Looking Forward Says:

    Oh wow!! Please take care of yourself and don't rush into doing too much too soon. Get well. Smile

  25. retire@50 Says:

    thanks everyone for the well wishes. Colorado has one of the highest rates of Kidney Stones and miscarrages in the country. They blame it on the altitude and on being dehydrated because of the dry air. I have known a lot of people with kidney stones and most all of them agree that Cranberry juice does work for kidney stones. Not always but often enough that many of us take it at the first sign. Usually I have a lot more notice that a kidney stone is forming.

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