I have been missing from the radar lately. I did make a goal at the beginning of the year to blog more often, but I have been in much pain. And I mean A LOT of pain. Since the year 2004 I have been so blessed to have kidney stones every year. And not just kidney stones, but very large stones that are too large to pass. Just to give you an idea of how large I am talking about it was 2006 when I had my first surgery on one the size of a golf ball. I don’t know how many of you have had kidney stones a normal one the size of the point on a pen can give you immense pain.
So here we are 8 years later and I am still getting them because the doctors have never taken the time to figure out what is going on in my body. This is obviously not normal. I have had a total of 7 lithotripsies(sending acoustic shock waves to the body to break up kidney stones into smaller pieces so it can be passed through the urethra on its own.) and 1 nephrolithotomy( a small incision in the person’s back to remove kidney stones. The surgeon puts a hollow tube into the kidney and a probe through the tube. In nephrolithotomy, the surgeon removes the stone through the tube.)
Monday was my 7th lithotripsy and Park Ridge Hospital did an amazing job. I am just now getting up and moving around in an attempt to get them to pass. I am putting my faith in this doctor. He is the 3rd urologist I have seen and is actually making an attempt to find out what is causing my problems. So far he is ruling out smaller problems before we rush into bigger issues. I am going to see an ENT doctor to test my parathyroid gland. If just one of those glands malfunction then it could be causing the stones. They are growing far too rapidly to just be lack of fluid. If it is not the parathyroid gland then it is my actual kidney malfunctioning. The doctor told me that with the frequency of surgeries and trauma this is causing my kidney then in another 5 years of this I could possibly loose this kidney. He did discuss sending me to a university hospital and relocating my kidney so that it would bypass the tube altogether. Either way this is a painful and scary time for me. Please send your prayers for me.