Regarding the surgery I had yesterday…
Evidently, the anesthesia is still coursing through my brain because I cannot recall if I told y’all that I had a kidney stone. It would be easy enough to click on something and see if I posted about it but, due to the fact that I’m not allowed to do ANYTHING for the next two days, I’ve been sitting here at the computer for the last two hours and have like, sixteen windows open and don’t wanna open another one. And since it’s too taxing to go into the whole schpiel, I’ll just tell ya. I had a kidney stone. It was 5mm which is considered a decent-sized specimen.
I remember now, I told you about watching the fireworks outside the ER. So I’m covered.
Anyway, I had the surgery yesterday afternoon. Yesterday morning I had an MRI done on a suspicious breast mass. (A post for later.) Yeah, I’m a virtual train wreck these days, but whatever.
I was to be at the second hospital at 11:30 for the procedure scheduled at 1:00. The prep included an IV to administer the anesthetic, something to relax me which I turned down but they gave me anyway (a whole ‘nother topic…) and a strong antibiotic to fend off infection (on top of the other strong antibiotic I’m already taking for a UTI.) I only had one arm left which hadn’t already had an IV in it, so choosing an arm to put it in was pretty easy. They also gave me a breathing apparatus which was described to me as a little box-type thing they put down my throat to ease my breathing. I’m real happy they put that in after I was out cause I don’t think I would have cared much for that. The actual procedure was expected to take 20 minutes. Of course I was “complicated.” My stone was embedded in the tissue of the ureter and took 3 laser zaps to blast it loose. (I hate using words like zaps and blast when referring to my insides… but that’s how they explained it to me.) At one point my BP fell to 80-something over 40. Why did they have to go and tell me that? Luckily though, the stone all came out and they didn’t have to put a stent in which I fussed about anyway and wouldn’t sign the permission form until someone promised me there was no metal in it (the stent.)
Like I said, the procedure was supposed to take about 20 minutes. They took me a little after 1:00, we left the hospital somewhere around 5. That anesthetic must have been some pretty good shit cause I don’t remember ANYTHING for about 4 hours. I do remember that the anesthesiologist was kind of cute but he lost his ID tag. I can’t remember his name anyway.
The remnants will be analyzed to find out what type of stone it is and hopefully that will tell me what I need to change or do to save me from ever having to go through this again. I guess certain types of stones are more likely to recur.
So today, besides the CONSTANT urge to [insert your choice of word for R-E-L-I-E-F] I’m pretty sore and very tired. My only dilemma (hopefully) for today is deciding what to watch or read and whether to do it in bed or on the couch.