How to Pass Kidney Stones

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As I type this, I’m literally on my couch writhing in pain. It’s been almost a week since my lithotripsy and these suckers are really making their way out.

Before this procedure I had 5 stones, all 7mm or larger. Also, it should be noted that this past procedure marked my 16th lithotripsy. Yes 16th. I’ve also had a percutaneous nephrolithotomy which is much more invasive.

Back story goes like this…I got my first kidney stone in 2005, when I was 20. My first lithotripsy was in 2006. I’ve had at least one procedure a year, sometimes more, since then. They’ve done every test and we still have no idea why I produce so many, so quickly. Not dietary, checked the parathyroid several times over the years, I’ve increased my water intake to an insane amount every day. Crazy!!!!!!!

Anyway, this post is not about preventing them since I obviously don’t know how to do that šŸ™‚

This is strictly about tips I’ve learned along the way on how to pass these painful things.

1. DRINK, DRINK, DRINK

This one seems so obvious. but can be difficult sometimes. To help, I have a very large water bottle (like this one)Ā and I force myself to drink on a time limit. I’ve also seen people write on water jugs with times to make sure they are getting an entire jug down by the end of the day. If you prefer smaller more portable bottles, try one like this or this. Any way you decide, just do it! It’s so important.

2. MOVE

I know it hurts guys, but you’ve got to get up and move. If you’ve been to the doctor then I’m sure you’ve got some medicine. Take it and go for it. I only go walking distance from my home just in case, but I will get outside and walk or try to play with the kids the best I can. Yes it’s painful, but it gets the stones moving quicker.

3. Lay inverted

I learned this one from my urologist. When I have stones, I do this twice a day for 15-30 minutes. I notice a difference immediately. Of course I’m passing hundreds at the moment, but if you’re looking to get one out, doing this will get it out of the kidney and headed toward the bladder. If you have stairs, lay with your head going down them. It can be uncomfortable, but it works. If you don’t have stairs you could hang off a couch or bed with your legsĀ propped on the cushion or mattress. On the extreme side, you could invest in an inversion table. Seems like it might be something I should do myself lol.

4. Sleep on your side

Example: my kidney stones are in my left kidney so I sleep on my right side with my left kidney up. That also helps get the stones out of the kidney and start to pass.

 

Good luck to anyone out there dealing with these dreaded things. Trust me, I feel your pain.

 

 

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French Toast Bake

Found this quick and easy French Toast Bake recipe at Lil Luna (recipe here)
I baked mine for about an hour since the kids don’t really care for softer french toast. It was delicious and super easy. Kids thought it was a hit!
The best part was that it was completely make ahead. I just woke up and threw it in the oven and the kids had an awesome breakfast before school!
Scored points for mom!!

 

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Easy Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Recipe

I scored a large bag of ripeĀ banana’s at my local market for $1.99. Love those finds! My daughter just happens to be a banana freak so of course she loves these finds as well.
But, since they were ripeĀ it meant she only had a couple days to eat them before they were overripe.
These overripe bananas leave me plenty of recipe options. I always make something with the remaining mushy goodness.
These time it was a delicious banana bread that I, of course, found on Pinterest. (Where else do you go when looking for recipes?!?!)
Since my son does not like nuts, this recipe fit the bill perfectly. Cinnamon swirl banana bread…just the name sounded scrumptious.
The pin took me to Lovin’ from the Oven (link for recipe found here)
This is a must try and has definitely made it to my list of rotation recipes when I have those leftover bananas!!

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Low Calorie Mac and Cheese

Low Calorie Mac and Cheese

Ingredients
3 slices turkey bacon or center-cut bacon
4 1/2 oz. (about 1 1/2 cups) uncooked whole-wheat or high-fiber penne pasta
2 large yellow summer squash
3 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 large tomato, chopped and seeded
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
2 tbsp. fat-free sour cream
2 slices fat-free cheddar cheese
Optional: salt and black pepper

Directions
Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat on the stove. Add bacon and cook until crispy, about 4 minutes per side. Once cool enough to handle, crumble or chop and set aside.

In a large pot, prepare pasta al dente (firm) according to the instructions on the package. Drain well, return to the pot, and cover to keep warm.

While water comes to a boil and while pasta cooks, cut squash into pieces similar to the size of penne, about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch thick.

Spray a large skillet (with a lid) with nonstick spray, and bring to medium heat on the stove. Add squash, cover, and cook for 5 minutes, occasionally uncovering to stir.

Add spinach and tomato to the skillet, re-cover, and continue to cook for about 1 minute. Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until spinach has wilted, tomato is soft, and most of the excess liquid has cooked off, about 3 minutes. Drain any remaining excess liquid. Set aside.

Place cheese wedges in a microwave-safe bowl and stir to break them up. Add sour cream and cheese slices, breaking cheese slices into pieces as you add them. Microwave for 30 seconds, and then stir thoroughly. Microwave for another 30 seconds, or until cheeses have fully melted. Mix until smooth.

Add cheese mixture and cooked veggies to the pasta. Toss to coat. Top with bacon. If needed, bring to desired temperature on the stove. If you like, season with salt and pepper, to taste.

PER SERVING (1/4th of recipe, about 1 cup): 227 calories, 5g fat, 491mg sodium, 33g carbs, 6g fiber, 4g sugars, 13g protein

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