Thursday, April 23, 2009

MY Wild Night

upper left hand corner is my 7mm kidney stone
lower left hand corner is what was left of it for me to pass

For about eight months I have been having problems with the right side of my back. The pain was unbearable (I was sick to my stomach and could not function) and would last for a few hours each time it happened. I finally got so sick of it and went to the North Ogden Clinic only to have the doctor tell me it was a muscle spasm in my back because there was no trace of blood in my urine. Although I knew better I trusted him and left for home. Well, the back "spasm" episodes kept occurring closer and closer together. Then Tuesday night at about 6 pm I felt the back pain coming on again, but this time it did not go away it just kept getting worse. At about 1:30 am on Wednesday I had finally had enough and went to the ER. Again they tested my urine and surprise surprise there was not any blood.

Meanwhile I am sitting in an ER room feeling like my right kidney was being ripped out and begging for more medication. 10mg of morphine-still no relief, 1 mg of dilaudid-still no relief, another 1 mg of dilaudid-went from 20 out of 10 pain to a 7 out of 10, and finally a few mg's of toradol-the pain finally subsided. Then as I am trying not to pull my hair out my oxygen level went down to 78 %, so they put oxygen on me. Meanwhile Ben is trying to entertain the kids, which might I mention were so good for being woke up at 1:30 in the morning, and was trying to get the nurse and doctor to give us an update.

Needless to say 2 X-rays, 1 CT scan, 7 hours in the ER, 4 hours in a room upstairs, and 1 one and a half hour surgery later my 7mm (size of a marble) kidney stone was removed all after trying to pass it over an 8 month period.

This was the most painful thing I have ever had. I would take all natural labor and birth times 10 any day. I am feeling a whole lot better, still really sore and taking some meds. for it, but am happy it was taken out. However, the only bad thing about feeling better was that all of the medication that they gave me made not be able to walk very well and made me throw up, but was a good trade in the end.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Living Planet Aquarium

On Tuesday Ben decided to take the day off work to spend some much needed quality time with the family. He surprised Boston by taking her to school, which was the highlight of her day, and then going to the aquarium in Sandy. Boston and Lincoln loved all of the exhibits, although she was a little scared of the octopus. It was so nice to spend a whole day with just Daddy, no phones, no work, just the four of us.


We finally got new pictures taken of the kids, thanks mom!