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Home at Last! Update 10/9
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HOME AT LAST

How great it feels to be home! Nothing can express my feelings more than that after spending three days in the hospital. What started as what I thought was indigestion after getting off work at 11:00 pm Saturday 9/28 ended me up a few hours later in the ER and admitted. After x-rays and later a cat scan I was told I had a large kidney stone. I hope never to feel pain like that again. Evidently because of its size it hasn’t passed out all the way, and so I’ll be having outpatient surgery tomorrow (10/3).

After the first initial bout with pain in the ER, I’ve been pretty much pain free. It felt weird being held in the hospital and feeling perfectly normal. Kinda like being in a jail where you’re waited on hand and foot.

How I yearned to go outside and feel fresh air on my face. How I wished for one of my flutes to express my feelings and sooth the boredom. My husband brought in my latest crochet project, and I spent my time watching TV and crocheting. Can you say bored? I was urged to walk the corridors to help possibly pass the stone. Gangs of fun pushing an IV around the ward. I walked the whole thing in five minutes. So I did three laps to make it worthwhile. A couple of doors let me look out and see trees and sky.

I try not to bore you, but I missed my dog and my horses. I didn’t miss my husband much because he visited every day, which helped. I began to think it would’ve been better if I’d actually been sick. Then maybe I wouldn’t have been so bored.
My first steps out of the hospital were to feel a breeze caress my cheek, the sun warm my face, and breathe in fresh air like an intoxicating elixir.

Home! First thing I visited my animals, my children in every sense of the word. My dog, Sal, went nuts that Mom was home. Steve said she looked for me all the time. My mare, Terra, asked for a scratch on the withers and I obliged her.

Only then did I surrender to the urge to play a flute, something I’d wanted since my first day in the hospital. And the joy and celebration of new found freedom came out in a wild cascade. I played and played and played letting my exuberance fill my song until I couldn’t play no more. How good that felt! I was home... and free.
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#2
I've never had kidney stones but know people who have and they've been in a lot of pain. I'm surprised they kept you 3 days! The people I've known get meds and kicked out to suffer at home.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow and hope all goes well. Check in when you can and give us an update.
Karen ~ Trails  
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Joe Paint Gelding
Paoli, IN

"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night."
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Originally posted by PaintGal

I've never had kidney stones but know people who have and they've been in a lot of pain. I'm surprised they kept you 3 days! The people I've known get meds and kicked out to suffer at home.

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow and hope all goes well. Check in when you can and give us an update.



They kept me the first day to find out that I did have a kidney stone through x-rays and then later a cat scan. I was hoping to go home Monday, but the urologist would be in the hospital on Tuesday. So I was kept one more day to see him. Believe me, I would've much rather been home.

I went to work yesterday, had a mild episode of pain early in my shift, and left for the ER. By the time I was admitted, the pain had passed. Go figure!

I'm home now (obviously), and the outpatient surgery is slated for 3pm this afternoon. I'll post more tomorrow depending on how I'm feeling [Smile].

"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses"
--Robert Browning

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
-- Author Unknown
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We left home early to do some shopping in Fort Wayne before heading for the Parkview Medical Center for my surgery... the surgery that didn't happen. Evidently complications have surfaced on one of my tests that must be resolved before proceeding any farther. So I have to call our family doctor and make an appointment with another specialist for more tests to rectify the problem before I can be put under anesthesia. Looks like it'll be early next week before the stone can be removed... I hope. I've also been experiencing discomfort from my body trying to eject the stone, and as such haven't returned to work.

So everything is on hold until I talk with my MD tomorrow morning. Man, I can't wait to get this over with and get back to a normal life again.
"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses"
--Robert Browning

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
-- Author Unknown
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#5
Positive thoughts! I hope you get everything resolved ASAP.
Karen ~ Trails  
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Joe Paint Gelding
Paoli, IN

"My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sun and neigh in the night."
[Image: th_horse-galloping.gif]  

~~~~~~
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#6
Hope you feel better RH. They liken the pain to childbirth!!
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#7
How did I miss this? RH, so sorry to hear you were in the hospital, and hope you are on the way to recovery by now!

EZ2SPOT
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#8
I'll be seeing the specialist about the complication tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to have the stone removed before the end of this week. I'm so ready to get on with my life as usual.

"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses"
--Robert Browning

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
-- Author Unknown
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#9
Sending along positive thoughts that everything goes well!
Appygirl

Man does not have the only memory,
The animals remember,
The earth remembers,
The stones remember,
If you know how to listen, they will tell you many things.
- Claude Kuwanijuma - Hopi Spiritual leader


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#10
Ugh! I've had a kidney stone, and they are the worst! Your body doesn't seem to be continually trying to get rid of it like mine did, though, since you aren't in *constant* pain... let's hope that continues for you until they are able to remove the little bugger! Are they doing surgery or lithotripsy (sp?)?

'plash
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