**This post was written on June 25th while I was stuck in bed recovering.**
Some days you just wake up and find there is blood in your urine.
Did that gross you out? That’s why I didn’t share this bit of info when it happened to me in April. I asked for good thoughts and prayers because some scary stuff was happening, but never divulged details. So here they are now.
There was blood in my urine. I freaked out. I went to Dr. Google and was given a diagnosis of “Call your doctor” visible blood could be the result of an UTI, kidney stones, or imminent death. Okay, not exactly imminent death, but you know how Google do.
Thanks, Dr. Google.
So I called our 24-hour nurse line, as my physician’s office was not open yet, “Go to the doctor.”
So I did. Obviously.
I was sent for KUB, and had to wait through the weekend for results. I was a mess the entire time. Monday I found out is was a 5mm kidney stone that was likely causing blood to come out of places that blood should not. I was relieved; my doctor thought I was weird and told me to see an Urologist, because 5mm is apparently huge in kidney stone world.
The Urologist sent me for a CT scan. He thought I was weird too cause I’m young and a woman. Those two things don’t usually add up to kidney stones. Also, I had no pain. Anyone who has had kidney stones before will tell you how much kidney stones hurt. I can attest to that, I have had them twice before (but without the bloody symptom) and those things are wicked.
Anyway, I ended up needing lithotripsy cause my stone was just sticking round like those elderly rockers, except it was doing no rolling on its own.
Lithotripsy is an ultrasound shock wave treatment. They knock you out, line up an ultrasound machine, and basically hit your kidney 3,000 times to break up the stone. It only took about 45 minutes, and I got to catch up on my sleep.
Now I’m laying in bed recovering. I have some pain but nothing like what I experienced while passing previous stones and nothing like childbirth.
I have not seen Flynn since 5:00am because we couldn’t get him on a bottle beforehand, so I am hiding and giving him no other choice but to take the bottle while I have to pump & dump for 24 hours. All the kids have been great for my mom, siblings, and David. Chloe has been my little nurse. We have a lot of helpers since my mom moved to Texas, and for that I am thankful. This would not have gone as smoothly without them here.
That my friends, is the story of “Why Lacey Freaked Out About Some Medical Stuff a Couple Months Ago.” Consider yourselves enlightened.