My Health Update 10

It’s about time that I gave you an update on my health. Since I haven’t been feeling well, I haven’t been blogging. I’ve pretty much given up on social media, except for a few tweets and facebook updates. So here goes:

Back around Thanksgiving, I was diagnosed with kidney stones. I passed one, but still didn’t feel well. Off I went to see a urologist, who recommended a Cystoscopy to see if any damage had been done when I passed the stone. I ended up with a stent and no real explanation of what to expect during the time I had the stent. To put it lightly, it hurt…a lot. About a week later, the stent was removed and still no relief. This health update is going to mention pain a lot, so be prepared.

December 16th

I ended up at the ER, where I was made to feel as if I was a complainer who couldn’t deal with pain and a drug seeking patient. This happened even with my urologist being called it to assist the ER doctor. Long story short, the urologist did notice that my stomach was distended (something I was telling him for 2 weeks) so I had some uncomfortable tests done, which showed nothing. Then I was sent home with the diagnosis of a UTI and a prescription for a new antibiotic.

We actually were going to Disney World to celebrate Sammi’s 13th birthday, which the urologist said would be fine. I was feeling good because of some IV pain meds that I was given in the ER and I didn’t want to miss out on a trip to Disney, so off we went. I lasted until midway through breakfast, when the pain hit again. Thank goodness we ate at our hotel, so I could rush back up to our room.

Not to be gross, but I peed 20 something times in 30 minutes. Scared about this, I called the urologist. He never called back (this was common). I stayed in the room, peeing and hurting all of Saturday while Shawn and Sammi visited the parks and celebrated her birthday. On Sunday, they went to Downtown Disney, while I rested and peed some more.

December 20th

A few days later, still suffering, my husband made an emergency appointment for me with our family doctor. She took one look at me and knew things were bad. I had another CT scan done and was admitted to the hospital the next day. Another Cystocopy was done and I was sent home on December 24th. The only thing that was found was that my kidney was enlarged. Of course I had another stent put in, so I was hurting all through Christmas Day and days after. I had the stent removed almost a week later and all of my pain and symptoms were blamed on the stent. Huh? Right after that doctor visit, I made an appointment with another urologist for a second opinion.

January 9th

hydronephrosis by ultrasound

Ultrasound showing Hydrohephrosis

The new doctor actually examined me and looked through all of my medical notes. I had an ultrasound of my kidneys, which showed fluid in the right kidney, called hydronephrosis. So a kidney scan was scheduled. That showed a sluggish kidney with some obstruction. I should hear from the new doctor on Tuesday with more information.

The new urologist explained that because of the other medical conditions I have, that I would feel worse than someone who is healthy. Also, I’m on immunosuppressant medication which could cause me to reject the stent and/or have an underlying infection. I’m pretty much in bed most of the time because of the pain, weakness and exhaustion, but I see light at the end of the tunnel with this new doctor.

I’d appreciate if you’d pray for me and send me some healing vibes. I really need them.

Image: by James Heilman, MD.

About Jennifer Massey

Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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