Saturday, January 28, 2017

Six Point Five Millimeters



Size does matter...and since knitters deal with millimeters quite often, you may understand the shock I had with my latest CT Scan.


Diagnosis - Kidney Stones

Years ago, a friend of mine was in a lot of pain due to a kidney stone he was passing.  Karen, a mutual friend of ours, and a mother of two, asked him about his kidney stone.  When she found out that the pain was caused by a sand grain-size object through his urinary tract, her response was:

"Fuck you!  I passed a grapefruit size object through mine twice and didn't whine anywhere near as much!

About a week ago, I started having quite a bit of pain in the area of my kidneys.  It got bad enough where I felt I should see the doctor on Monday, who had me get a CT Scan to check for stones.  The above image isn't my CT Scan, but mine looked like it (except for the thin waistline of the patient above).  Turns out, I had a 6.5mm kidney stone blocking the ureter (the tube through which urine passes from the kidney to the bladder).

A quick visit to the urologist was ordered, followed by a whirlwind tour of various Hunterdon Medical facilities for pre-op EKG, blood test and x-rays, and then a visit this past Friday to the hospital to have a lithotripsy which successfuly pulverized the stone into a bunch of smaller stones.  And now I'm recuperating at home with my best friend, Percocet while I pass the smaller stones.

Current Knitting

Despite all the waiting rooms at doctors offices and labs and the time in pre-op for my lithotripsy, I had no desire whatsoever to knit.  Now that I'm on Percocet and going into and out of painful episodes, I still don't care much about knitting.

See?  So blogging about a medical condition does have some significance to knitting.

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