2.26.2013

Hospital Visits Make For Good Blog Material

This past weekend was like any other normal one. Nate and I ran errands as needed. Took Binky to the vet, I made us some delicious food. The usual. 

Sunday evening around 9 pm, after I'd already showered and I was relaxing on the couch, I started getting a horrible pain in my lower right stomach. Then, I felt nauseous and was very hot (wasn't running a fever though). I decided I was going to lay down early and try and get some sleep. I had the heating pad on my stomach when the pain started radiating towards my lower back.

Uh oh. I'd felt this pain before. Unfortunately, in two different situations, so it could've been either of those. An ovarian cyst or a kidney stone. Neither sounded like anything that I wanted to experience ever again. I wanted so badly to sleep the pain off. However, I couldn't get comfortable and was therefore unable to sleep. Nate came in the room to check on me, and I was laying in bed in tears. He immediately made me get up so he could take me to the emergency room.

After checking in and going through triage and getting lab work done, we waited almost 2 hours before they took me back to a room. I was so upset. I was incredibly uncomfortable and SO tired but unable to get any sleep.

Once they took me back, I had a doctor come in and tell me it sounded like kidney stones, but they wanted to do a renal CT scan just to double check. He'd have the nurse come in to administer pain medication first though.

We waited about 30 minutes when the nurse rolled me down to radiology for the CT. There, I proceeded to wait another 30 minutes to have the scan. By the time I got back in my room, I was wondering where my pain meds were. I'm no druggie, but I'd been promised something to hopefully make me feel a little more comfortable.

As soon as I'm about to try and locate my nurse, the lady from registration comes in the room to have me sign some forms, get my insurance card, etc. Another 20 minutes or so passed, and I finally just pressed my call button on my bed. Not thinking before I spoke (typical), I said "Yeah, I was supposed to get some pain medication and haven't seen it, so I'd like some when you get a chance."

Nate started laughing and said, "Way to make the nurses think you are a drug seeker." I totally didn't mean for it to come off that way! The nurse came in and I apologized if I came off as rude, and she shrugged it off. I was lucky to get a happy nurse even though it was pushing 2:30 am or so by now.

She told me that all of my lab work came back perfectly. Even my urinalysis was clear which she was surprised about since the doctor was diagnosing kidney stones. She was going to go ahead and get an IV started for the medication and some fluids while we waited on the CT results.


I immediately felt the pain meds and did NOT like the way it made me feel. That's the only thing I hate about IVs. It happens so quickly that I have no time to adjust to the medication effects.

Once the fluids were almost gone, the doctor came in to inform me that I did in fact have kidney stones. He said that BOTH of my kidneys had 'several' stones and that it would be in my best interest to follow up with a urologist. Not what I wanted to hear, but I know he's right. This isn't the first time kidney stones have landed me in the hospital.

We got home around 4 am, and I felt horrible because Nate's alarm would be going off in just a few hours to get up and get ready for work. He was such a good sport about it though, and I'm so lucky I have him to take care of me. 

Thanks to all of YOU who have checked on me too. I have the best friends ever.

And, that's how my weekend ended. How about you?

33 comments:

Becca Christensen said...

So sorry friend - that's awful. Wish I could be there to take care of you!

Jenn said...

Yikes! That sounds miserable and scary! I hope that you're feeling at least a little bit better now!

Jodi said...

Oh you poor thing. That sounds terrible. I hope the pain isn't too bad and you are feeling better soon!

Savanah said...

so sorry Amber!! I've never had kidney stones, but pretty much everyone in my family has! It's horrible! And I'm the same way with IV meds. When I went to the ER for a migraine they gave me phenergen and toradol and I hated it. I guess being a nurse I was so paranoid that I would stop breathing b/c they gave me so much and I couldn't relax! hahaha!!

Julie said...

You are talking to the queen of kidney stones. When I was in 1st grade, they started forming rapidly and I spent half of my first grade year in the children's hospital with a specialist trying to get to the bottom of it all. They finally figured out that my body makes too much calcium on its own, so I get calcium stones.

I take 3 pills a day for my stones. I'm at the point that we have them under control and I can tell if my body is doing something different. If I drink too much ice tea, that's a sign and I know to take an extra pill or two. My urologist is awesome, but I only have to see him if I have a problem or need a pill refill. I haven't passed a stone in a long time as we finally found something to take care of that.

So good luck - I know where you are coming from chicka! Have any questions, shoot them my way!

Ashley said...

Glad all is ok, minus the kidney stones! Hope they pass with ease!!

Neely said...

Glad you are OK!!

Sara S said...

Glad you're okay! Sounds like an awful weekend!! Absolutely love what you said to the nurse! ha!

Sara
mommysummers.com

Stephanie said...

Oh you poor thing!! That's terrible, I hope you get everything cleared up soon. Not fun at all.
I know what you mean about the meds, I can tell the second the morphine hits my vein, it feels like I float off the bed for a few minutes.

Allie said...

I'm so glad to hear you're ok! It's sweet that Nate took such good care of you :)

Kristyn said...

Jeremy gets kidney stones and he has colitis so his poor intestines are all messed up. I remember we hadn't been dating that long and he was supposed to come over and never showed up. Finally I called him and he was in the hospital with kidney stones. It defintely doesn't seem pleasant at all!

I'm glad you are feeling better and huge points to Nate for being with you and taking care of you. So sweet!

Rebekah said...

You poor thing! I hope you're feeling better!

Ashlee said...

Oh good luck! I've had surgery twice to remove Kidney Stones. There is no pain worse than Kidney Stone pain so I would have been begging for my meds too!

Kaitlin said...

Ugh I'm so sorry! I haven't had kidney stones myself but my boyfriend has and I've been through this experience with him a couple of times - once on Thanksgiving! I hope you are feeling better!!

Sam M said...

Ahh! That's scary! I'm glad it wasn't anything more serious! But still... I hear kidney stones are AWFUL!

But, here is some good news... you won my giveaway! Some K-cups for the K-stones! :p

Life With Lauren said...

I'm so sorry I hope you feel better soon!

Kate @ Green Fashionista said...

Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry hun, I can't imagine what you went through the other night *hugs*

When you described your symptoms I thought for sure you were going to see you needed your appendix out. I hope you're feeling better and can pass those pesky little guys ASAP! Keep us updated! ;)

Alice said...

Gosh, sounds like a real pickle of a weekend!! I hope you feel better soon, kidney stones sound AWFUL! x

Amy said...

Oh my goodness, I am so sorry girl! I have heard the worst things about Kidney Stones, you are such a trooper! Are they all better now? Or are you still waiting for them to pass?

I hope you are feeling better!

SEL said...

I've had three stones, all landed me in the hospital and I had to have surgery each time. They are one of the worst things EVER. I remember people saying labor is easier. (That's untrue, labor is harder. But still. Stones suck. ;)

The only thing that really helps is drinking TONS of water. AND finding out what type of stone you had. My second one was a calcium oxylate, my doc told me to drink green tea, I did so, and landed back in the hospital 4 months later with my biggest stone yet. Green tea was the WORST possible drink for me. So try to find out what type of stones you have.

Praying you feel better!!!

Lauren said...

That sounds so awful girl :-( I will be sending positive thoughts & prayers your way!!!!! xo

tara said...

eek! kidney stones are no joke. my hubs has ended up in the ER several times due to them!

Steph said...

Ugh..I'm so sorry! I hope you're feeling better soon!

smk053078 said...

Oh girl, I have had them. It was seriously worse than child birth. The pain is like NO OTHER!!! Ugh! I am so sorry that you had to go through it again. Drink lots of CLEAR drinks, lady!!

Jenn said...

Poor girl! I hope you're back to 100% soon!

Meghan said...

Ouch! Hopefully the urologist can help!

lil desiqua said...

Ugh, that horrible! My boyfriend gets stones too- the last episode was in fall, and he had to have surgery. I think I was way more scared than he was! I hope you feel better soon!

Heather said...

Oh my gosh, hoecakes!!! Get well soon!!

Danielle Spakes said...

I'm so sorry girl! I've never had kidney stones myself (I'm knocking on wood as I type) but my mom and my sister have both had lots of kidney stones and infections. I see how much pain they have with those. I hope a urologist can fix you up quick!

Heather @ Cookies For Breakfast said...

OMG this sounds horrrrrible! I'll keep my fingers crossed soooooo super hard that fixing the problem is as painless as possible. Ugh. Hugs to you!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

Oh my goodness, I hope you are doing better!

xx
Kelly
Sparkles and Shoes

Heather said...

Kidney stones are the pits :(. I'm hoping you're feeling better!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Hope you are feeling much better!!!!

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