July 03, 2007

UltraSound, MRIs, and Surgery

Seems my life has been full of ups and downs. The last couple of months have been down for me. Just say a prayer for me and you can ignore the rest. I am documenting this for future reference!

I have been in a lot of pain and not the nicest person or mother. No I haven't beaten my kids, but they do seem to yell now a days. Another bad habit I will have to break along with trying to deal with the normal growth, independence thing.

Starting at the beginning of May I was in a lot of pain. I played bounce between doctors and ended up at an Urologist. During this time I got 2 Ultrasounds, and an MRI of my lower body. My bad luck, not the best staff at this one. After a month, I switch urologists. Good move on my part. Got some medicine that seemed to actually work.

A couple of weeks ago, I got severe back pain. Went to my General Practitioner. I like the guy. He took a look at me. Pressed on my back, helped me get off the floor. Pressed on my belly and heard me say it was uncomfortable. Hmmm must be a pulled muscle. Take medicine and call back if it doesn't get better in 48 hours. Did I mention 48 hours took me into the weekend? Sigh. Went back on a Monday, he sent me for another MRI... but this one required 'contrast'. Nasty nasty. Took 3 days for the MRI place to get it to my doctor... and you guessed it... a Friday. Late Friday I got a call, Kidney problems... call a urologist.

Uhh. Told the doctor I was seeing one already, had a follow up visit scheduled for yesterday along with a cystoscopy. They faxed over the MRI and told me to make sure I made that appointment. Sigh.

I made the appointment. They canceled the cystoscopy and I am now scheduled for surgery on Friday. Yep, kidney stones. The last MRI didn't show it, just the swollen, distended kidney. The people doing the MRI didn't go any further down than my kidneys. No joke. The tube that connects the kidney to the bladder was not visible nor the bladder. I was given the option to have yet ANOTHER MRI to locate the stone or stones exactly. Hmmmm. NO. Let's just get this done. I am tired of being in pain, being unable to sleep and being a witch because of the pain... not just because I want to be one. GRIN.

Your prayers and good thoughts are requested. Thanks!

Posted by vw bug at July 3, 2007 06:03 AM | TrackBack

Prayers coming up!

Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Posted by: Dazd at July 3, 2007 08:02 AM

Say, if you're not going to use that kidney, I can get you a good price for it :-)

Posted by: Harvey at July 3, 2007 08:27 AM

Oh dear! feel better soon!!!

Posted by: oddybobo at July 3, 2007 08:35 AM

... goodness, I hope the surgery works out... feel better soon, VW...

Posted by: Eric at July 3, 2007 09:54 AM

Lots of prayers and good thoughts coming your way, VW!!! I hope they have you fixed up in no time. And I hope your Mom is on her way to help out at your house...

Posted by: Marie at July 3, 2007 10:10 AM

Sorry to hear you have to have surgery but I'm glad you finally got an answer. The not knowing but still hurting causes a lot of the frustrations and witchiness.

My prayers to you. I wish I could offer more than that.

Posted by: Sticks at July 3, 2007 10:42 AM

Poor baby, thoughts and prayers for quick surgery and speedy, painless recovery.


Posted by: Quality Weenie at July 3, 2007 12:35 PM

Kidney stones suck. I'm really sorry you have to deal with that. I hope you're back to being pain free very soon!

Posted by: Teresa at July 3, 2007 01:32 PM

Loving Father, we entrust VW to your care this day; guide with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of the medical people who minister in your Name, and grant that every cause of illness be removed, that she may be restored to soundness of health to live in more perfect harmony with you and with those around her. Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Hope you're feeling better very, very soon!

Posted by: Mrs. Who at July 3, 2007 05:25 PM

crap. I left you a comment earlier, but I'm not seeing it....

Oh well, trying again....

All my love and hugs, and I'll be thinking abut you on Friday and offering up many prayers for a quick surgery and easy quick recovery!

Posted by: caltechgirl at July 3, 2007 07:17 PM

God watch over VW,give her peace and rest. let her use her brother inlaw to help her anytime any hour.......

Posted by: Bobby at July 3, 2007 07:39 PM

Feel gooder sooner...

Posted by: That 1 Guy at July 4, 2007 09:36 AM

Well, you know I'm praying. And now we have more confirmation that the MRI place sucks wet socks. I refuse to go there again...

Posted by: Bou at July 4, 2007 11:17 AM

Usually I'm amused when I find another thing we have in common. Not this time. I'm having surgery to remove kidney stones next week.

I'll be thinking of you and hope you're feeling better soon!

Posted by: marybeth at July 4, 2007 12:37 PM

Wow. Thank you everyone. I really appreciated the good thoughts and prayers.

Posted by: vw bug at July 4, 2007 06:20 PM

You have my prayers with you. I got lucky, had a kidney stone some years ago and managed to get rid of it. There is an ultra-sound technique that destroys them - or breaks them up - which avoids surgery.

In the meantime I'll hold you in my prayers.

Posted by: The Gray Monk at July 5, 2007 01:22 AM

I'm not much for praying, but I'll be thinking tons of happy thoughts in your direction.

Feel better soon, babe.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at July 5, 2007 08:15 AM

Ah Val, I'm feeling you right now. My kidney stones passed (I'm trying to void that memory as I type this). However, my grandmother's required surgery to remove them. I'm sorry to hear that your's require the same extraction method. Can't they try and bust them up with ultrasound, or are they just too large and badly placed for that method to work?

Ehh, I'm no doctor. What do I know? I'm sure that your doctors know best. I'm just sorry that you have to get clipped a little.

Take care of yourself. And remember to liveblog the surgery. Actually, a live videoblogcast would be best.

Posted by: physics geek at July 5, 2007 11:01 AM

Get well soon! It appears as if Sam Spam has sent you a choice of music for your recovery :-)

Posted by: h~ at July 6, 2007 11:25 AM

get well soon!
Are there no other ways to avoid surgery? no herbals to dissolve the stones?
Did they tell why they appeared in your kidneys?

Posted by: AlRom at July 7, 2007 02:28 AM

Oh, I'm so sorry to hear you've had all this pain. Kidney stuff can really, really hurt. I feel for you. Here's wishing you a very speedy recovery!

Posted by: Anita at July 7, 2007 02:54 PM