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My Friend, Rocky…

My Friend – uh, Enemy, Rocky…

My kidney stone’s name is “Rocky.”  He is a worthy opponent and very skilled at avoiding my punches while punching and jabbing me right out of my mind, as well as my back –  about my waist line on my left side.  Today, he has been resting up for the big fight; although he took some practice shots for a couple of hours this afternoon.  If he would just tell me when he was planning to hit, I would hit the pain pill bottle.  Mostly, I just bear with him.  He forces me to have multiple urine checks daily, refusing to make his appearance.  I am attempting to drown him.  It’s the only weapon I’ve got.  He doesn’t know, however, that Friday, we are going to the doctor.  Surely hope we don’t have to force him out or go in after him!


February 15, 2011 Posted by | Kidney stone, Thinkin' Out Loud | Leave a comment

Where’d that other 2×4 come from…..

It hit last night about 7:00.  Pain as bad as the first 2×4.  Made emergency call to doctor.  He thinks it is just spasms from the removal of stint and I was to  hit the fluids.  I have been obedient.  Only little naps during night.  Stronger pain medicine ordered.

All of this pain has been approved by my Heavenly Father.  I am counting it all joy and when I can, let’s throw a party of rejoicing!!

August 4, 2009 Posted by | Kidney stone, Newsy News & Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

I just gotta’ tell ya’ll………

Today was my appointment at urologist for removal of stint.  After two hours waiting, I am called back to give a urine specimen.  Man – for someone who had drunk a liter of water during this time, it was the pause that refreshes! 

Back out to waiting room.

Called back.  Nurse puts us into little examining room and asks me about my surgery.  I proceed with a shortened version.

She said, “So you did not have a knee replacement?”


Nurse: “Memorial sent your records over and you had knee replacement.”

(I’m thinking:  The hospital clerk sent knee replacement details to the urologist!?)

Short Version:  Memorial has four names the same as mine.  We do not have the same birthdates or S. S. numbers – nor addresses.  They refuse to check records thoroughly.  This sort of thing has happened previously; so I had Memorial include my madien name when I entered this time.  They still got it wrong.  Nurse calls.  Memorial faxes over correct papers.

Another hour later and I am leaving the urologist feeling better with a follow-up appointment in six weeks.

James 1:2  Weymouth: “Reckon it nothing but joy, my brethren, whenever you find yourselves hedged in by various trials.” 

August 3, 2009 Posted by | Kidney stone, Newsy News & Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

Fun at the Hospital….

I learned that hospital employees take patients seriously, but still ask questions that are meant to have “pat” answers:

“Hello, Mrs. Patterson, how are you?”  (Uh, I am in the emergency room, painfully pacing and praying.  How are you?)

So, for a while I used, “I was fine, but I got over it.”  (smile)

By the time I went to surgery, I was tired of that one.

Surgery nurse.  I was literally prepped for surgery and she says: “Hello, Mrs. Patterson.  How are you?”

“Well, I have two ingrown toenails on my big toes.” 

“Oh, I am so sorry.”  Then while putting on my hosiery, “yes, I see your ingrown nails.  You may need to see a doctor.”

The only thing they can do is put me to sleep.  I asked what they used.  It was Michael Jackson’s sleep drug of choice.  No comment.

Then, there is Patty – the RN in training.  “Good afternoon, Mrs. Patterson.  I have your Euroblue.”

“What’s it for?”

“Bladder spasms.”

“Oh, is my bladder in spasms?”  (Did they know something I didn’t?)

She hands it to me in the little cup.  I take a look.  Hand it back.  “I don’t take blue pills.”

I thought I saw some facial expressions that said, “Oh, what do I do now?”

“Why don’t you take blue pills?”

“Because they  usually have aluminum in them.  Sometimes it is called ‘blue lake 40. My father had early onset Alzheimer’s and I avoid aluminum.  But, I will take this if you will find out the inactive ingredients.”

“Uh, how do I do that?”

“On that teenie, tiny print on the little note usually stuck on the bottle.”

She came back later and proudly announced she had called the pharmacist, he read the paper, no aluminum.  I took the pill.

My favorite CNA was Avida.  She sang or hummed as she went about her chores.  I asked her to sing for me and she burst out with something I cannot remember.  She reminded me of Susan Boyle.  I found out she could play the harmonica, so she brought it my last day and played and I doe-se-doed in the hallway with my RN.  Avida volunteered to come to my aid every time I buzzed for help.  A nurse told me that she told everyone at the nurse’s station not to worry about 416, she would get well on laughter.

I had a great time, hardly any sleep, and hugs abounded.  Every staff member was efficient and kind.  And, if you need an iv inserted, request Tony.  He is very, very good.  I do not have one bruise from his insertion.

Fun at the hospital – but I don’t want to go back.

“Father, that is just a suggestion.  If you will, I will go back.  You know my heart.  I love You.  Thank You for taking such good care of me.”

July 30, 2009 Posted by | About, Fun at the Hospital, Kidney stone, Newsy News & Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

I Never Saw It Coming…………

Has your home ever been broken into and robbed and when you discovered it, do you remember the stunning emotions of shock and awe – like you must have stepped over into someone else’s dream by mistake because you never dreamed it would happen to you?  Or perhaps you felt as if you had been hit in the head by a two-by-four and never saw it coming?

It’s that “never saw it coming” part that is startling.

I am reminded that our Lord’s coming will be as a “thief in the night.”  We are to be ready, watching, praying, and as bond servants, studying and teaching the “meat” of the Word:

Mt 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
 Mt 24:43 But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
 Mt 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
 Mt 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
 Mt 24:46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
 Mt 24:47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.

 “Our house” is the “good works” prepared for us:  Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

The beforehand preparation will be evident even when caught blindsided by the “two-by-four.”  Also, keep studying!  There will be a test! 

Since July 18th, I have been tested on everything I have blogged up to this point!  The other night when pain wouldn’t let me sleep, I turned on my computer and reread every blog and had me a good ole crying spell that included repentance, acceptance, revival, longings, and leaning on His breast.  We celebrated His goodness, His sovereign love and protection.

This particular 2 x 4 hit me in my back, on the right side, about at my waist.  Now, it did not let up with one hit.  Again and Again.  Then, it stayed put and kept gouging.  Ya’ll know what I’m talking about – those who have had KIDNEY STONES!  Emergency Room, here we come!  As Joy drove, I prayed that the Lord would divide those sick people in ER and let me through on “dry ground.”  (I am NOT joking!)  That was my prayer.  And, I sang through my crying, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I KNOW He watches me,” “Does Jesus Care,” and any others that came to mind.

My 2 x 4 turned out to be a 4.3mm kidney stone lodged between my bladder and kidney.  Low fever, white count 21,000, should be 10,000 or 11,000.  My body was sending help to an infection somewhere.  I had septicemia – blood poisoning.  Pneumonia in right lung and possibly left one.  Stone was removed and steel stint inserted to aid draining.  The kidney had not been working for me for some time and I had not realized it.  Had to have drip antibiotic and the strongest one of choice turned me red.  Used another one.  Used morphine for pain. 

Morphine and I got along very well.  It left me bright and awake.  I had great fun with my visitors and hospital staff.  No one could tell that there was a possible death threat from blood poisoning. 

I have been home since the 22nd and it is a rough recovery.  I had twisted my leg before the 2 x 4 hit and it has been extremely painful and medications do not dull it.  Morphine masked it in the hospital and I had no idea of the pain that was awaiting me.

So, I sing!  I pray!  I meditate and listen to His Word.  (My eyesight is still blurry.)  And, sometimes, get out my crying towel.

The most precious folks on earth are bringing us meals – our church family.  I love them so much and have not been to church for two Sundays, so just seeing some of them for a few minutes has been beautiful!  Their fellowship in our Lord and His Word of the Kingdom, gives us a bond of love.

Closing with an Elisabeth Elliot quote:

The Answer Is Always Enough by Elisabeth Elliot
We often hope to be spared trouble or suffering, and surely it is legitimate to pray that we may be (“Lead us not into temptation” is a prayer Jesus taught us to pray). Jesus Himself asked the Father to take away the “cup”; Paul prayed for the removal of his “thorn.” In both cases, the answer was no. But God did not give a mere no–He sent what had not been asked: strength to endure. An angel was immediately dispatched to Gethsemane, “bringing him strength” (Lk 22:43 NEB). His suffering did not cease–in fact, “in anguish of spirit He prayed the more urgently and his sweat was like clots of blood” {Lk 22:44).The apostle was suffering in some physical way, it seems. The thing was called “a messenger of Satan,” and he did well to ask for its removal. The answer was no–but something unasked was given: grace. There was plenteous grace to enable Paul to endure. What God gives in answer to our prayers will always be the thing we most urgently need, and it will always be sufficient.

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July 29, 2009 Posted by | About, Kidney stone, Newsy News & Random Thoughts | Leave a comment


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