Monday, May 25, 2015

The BIRTH of a STONE… pics and gory details too.


Well, it happened.

This morning, Monday May 25th, at precisely 7 am, I passed Wilbert, my adorable baby kidney stone.

He’s a tad angular, not at all soft and cuddly, but then, what can I expect from a stone head! LOL

Here… take a look for yourself. He’s a full 5mm in length too. (About 1/6")




Not really sure what to expect on this "passing" occasion, as I’ve never actually gone through labour (C-section girl myself), I was told all kinds of horror stories about the pain.

Well, I felt nothing this morning, other than the general discomfort I have been dealing with these last seven days.

Initially, when I went to hospital, eleven days ago, my pain was out-of-this-world torture. For those that don’t know me well my pain tolerance is incredibly high.

For me to need Tylenol 3’s says something. Oh, at the hospital they wanted to give me a shot of morphine, but hey, I declined, I’m enough of a space cadet without help! 

The T3’s controlled the pain well enough. I only took them for the first three days, when the pain was at its worst.

I was on Flomax (given to men with prostate issues) to make the Urethra relax as the stone travels down it. I think it helped (a lot) as I felt minimal discomfort these past seven days. 

Here’s a picture of what it all looks like… 

Source - Mayo Clinic
I find the Mayo Clinic site to be very useful! 

I wouldn’t have known I passed the stone if I wasn’t peeing into a sieve, in a little catch basin. Oh yes, I’m not holding back on the gory bits! These I consider gory! LOL 

I guess I had expected something more painful to happen on delivery - well, it didn't (YAY) and I'm grateful too. This kind of pain is no picnic, I can tell you that.

See… the birthing gods get even with those of us that had it easy in labour! Yup, there's no cheating the system when it comes to suffering. We all get our share! (Damn!)

This afternoon I'll head off to the lab to have Wilbert analysed. Hopefully the results will tell me something about my kidney stone. What kind it is, what I need to do to prevent more, that sort of stuff. 

Okay… this saga is officially over… I hope!


HUGE THANK YOUs to everyone who dropped in and wished me well. Surprisingly enough, well wishes do work!


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The almighty question - HOW’S LIFE BEEN TREATING YOU? 

Really - I want to know! Has it been as exciting as mine?


Cheers, Jenny

33 comments:

  1. Oh my. This was quite the informative post. Please excuse me while I spend a few moments gagging.

    AHEM. Anyway. Glad that you're okay!!

    Life has been good, just trying to get done with school so I can focus more on writing and summer-y things (i.e., being lazy. Which actually I don't really have time for so never mind.) Have a fabulous week!

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    1. LOL - gag away! I sure did when I saw the little stone.

      I'm pleased to read 'life has been good' - nothing better than when things move along smoothly. I hope you're getting some writing done. Remember, it's one word at a time, eventually you'll get to the end.

      Thanks for stopping by Anne Marie - you make me smile. Hugs, xxoo

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  2. Congrats on the passing.

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  3. I've never had a kidney or gall stone, knock on wood, but I've heard varying tales of how painful it is. Good that that experience is over, and hope there is some prevention for how they are created. Will dietary changes help? Or is it something that is genetic - a predisposition to creating stones? It looks very crystalline. . .I can vouch for painful birthing as I had one natural born child, and one by C-section. Neither was a picnic, for sure.

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    1. Keep knocking - because these little nasties have a way of creeping up on the most unsuspecting! :)
      I'm just waiting for the results as to what kind of stone it is. That will help determine my path, through kidney stone hell, should I encounter the place again.
      I had Miss CP via C-section so this kind of abdominal pain was definitely a first - and… I pray the last! Definitely NOT a picnic! LOL

      Thanks for your visit, DG - I hope life is good, happy, and calm! xxoo

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  4. I've heard how painful passing those stones are. Glad you're feeling better after such a rotten time.

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    1. Hi Susan - Welcome to Pearson Report!

      I had been dreading the "passing" but, surprisingly, there was no extra pain, other that the steady dull ache I had been dealing with for seven days. So, when I looked into my pee container, and saw a little black object, I was quite taken. Overjoyed, would be more like it - not having to suffer any additional discomfort was like winning a mini lottery! LOL

      I popped over to your blog and added myself as a follower - I look forward to reading you! hahaha Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  5. GREAT GOOGLIE MOOGLIE, YOU PEED THAT!!??
    Well, I won't complain when I have my prostate checked in a couple months.

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    1. You guys don't know how lucky you are to have Flowmax as a go to drug for prostate problems. I was pleased with how well it relaxed my Urethra so that little bugger could sneak out undetected. Thanks to my little potty pan I was able to capture it. Now I'm waiting to find out what alien life form it is! Clearly can't be from this planet - we know I'm not! LOL

      Thanks for the visit, Mr. Bones! Good luck on your check up!

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  6. Yay! Woo hoo! Finally. Somehow I think that would be really painful upon exit for a man. Cringe just thinking about it. I'm just so glad it's out. As to the answer for your question...it's been very boring without WBC posts! Lol.

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    1. I don't envy the boys on this score! But… seeings how we gals have that whole birthing BS to deal with… hahaha. Looks like that little gloat bit me in the bladder! Since I delivered Miss CP via C-section I never experienced labour pains. I had a pain in the butt divorcing my ex, but never this much pain from a teeny, tiny stone! LOL Go figure!

      I'm tickled you miss my WBC - you're a saint, you know that! I think I write them just for you! :) So… to that end, I'm up and writing again. Playing catch up no less! Hugs and Smiles coming your way. xxoo

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  7. Yowzers! Wilbur is adorable indeed...and fascinating!

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    1. The good thing about birthing a stone is it won't drain me financially! Well, I hope not anyway - you never can tell with things like this! LOL

      Thanks Andrea, for stopping by, always a treat seeing your smiling avatar. Smiles are coming your way too, xxoo

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  8. OK that stone is jagged and awful-like a mini meteor crashing through your system. It looks like a salt crystal. Wilber's birthday is shared with my hubby's. I think if I had my kidney stone today they would give me the same stuff you were given rather than be in the hospital for 5 days or was it 6-it was a Demerol world back then

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    1. It does look like that, doesn't it?! I'm waiting to find out what it is, when I do I will most certainly share the news! I'm sure everyone is sitting around, waiting with bated breath - okay, maybe not! (a girl can dream, eh)

      The definitely treat kidney stones, of this size, less aggressively as they did in earlier years. In a way, this suited me fine. The thought of hospital food for a week would have been more painful than Wilbert! LOL

      Thanks for dropping by, Birgit, much appreciated! Love your sense of humour too. Hugs, xxoo

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  9. Yikes! Just looking at that gnarly little dude makes you realize why it hurt so much. Thank goodness it passed!

    Me? I "passed" a new book recently. The Big Fix--now there's a title that might be applied to your kidney stone adventure. Not nearly as painful as what you've been going through.

    May you never have another stone! Unless it's, you know, it's of the gemstone variety. ;)

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    1. Yup… thank goodness it passed! My sentiments exactly. Now I can get back to the world of the living, well, in my case, the semi-conscious! LOL

      I just finished In A Fix - enjoyed it. Will be heading to Amazon to pick up The Big Fix - I'll jump the queue and pass over The Quick Fix - I'm that impatient! Yikes… this explains so much of my life!

      I hope I never have another, but if I do… I've got a hammer ready! LOL
      Thanks for stopping by, Linda - good luck with the new book - I know it will be a great success! Hugs and Smiles, xxoo

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  10. Are you going to get him back and keep him in a jar?
    Last week was nuts, getting ready for Kiddo's party. Took her to a concert for her present and it was standing only. Ugh. It has become apparent to me that I can't do those shows anymore as I had to have assistance walking back to the truck.
    But, I survived the week and I am now the proud parent of a high school graduate.

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    1. I don't think I'll get him back once I send him off to the lab. Besides, I'm not a fan of keeping things expelled from my body around for that long. Well, Miss CP I kept for about 18 years… but a kidney stone, nope, not happening! LOL

      I'm sorry you had to stand for the concert you and Kiddo went to - that does suck. I'm not up to standing for long periods of time, particularly if it's on a concrete floor.
      I'm glad you survived the week - congrats to Kiddo for making it to the end of phase 2… the high school years! Does she have plans to carry on with college?
      Thanks for visiting Ruth, always a treat! Hugs, xxoo

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    2. No college yet. She is hoping to eventually get a fulltime position where she works. It might take a while, but she is living at home so beyond paying for her phone and eventually car insurance she is good.

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    3. Sound good. College is only helpful, in my opinion, if there is an actual job waiting at the end. Going, for the sake of going, is a waste of time and money. Mostly money! (the parent's that is, hahaha)

      Miss CP lived at home, worked part-time, and did go to college - paid by her own money and grants. She came out with her Animation Diplomas (2D and 3D) and is gainfully employed. Getting a skill set, and being able to use it right away, is the best thing.

      I'm sure Kiddo will be a great success at whatever she attempts. :)

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    4. Here, so many people think the next step should be college. So many jobs can be done without it and if she can make enough to live on that is fine with me. Good for CP for going after what she wanted and getting it.

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  11. Now that I look at it, it kinda looks like a granola. A type of granola which better never end up in my cereal bowl.

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    1. Look at you, Mr. Bones, back for an in-depth study of my stone! My granola stone - hahaha. Yup, this would be an unpleasant thing to bite into and worth a mint in a lawsuit… hmmmmm…. got me thinking! LOL

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    2. Or Honey Nut Clusters.
      And THAT'S why I had just an English Muffin this morning.

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  12. That stone is pretty big. I'm glad you didn't feel more pain - you were lucky, I think!

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    1. Photos can be so deceptive. It wasn't small, by any means, but it wasn't huge either. I sure was surprised, Monday morning, to see I had passed it without any serious pain, or discomfort. I guess the Flowmax really did its job - which I'm ever so grateful for! Yes, I was lucky! Most definitely!

      Thanks Annalisa, for stopping by and checking out my adventures! The things I do for a little attention. LOL Smiles and hugs coming your way, xxoo

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  13. Hi Jenny - that looks incredibly uncomfortable ... and yes that info is always useful - though I sincerely hope I don't have anything like that EVER! Gosh - so glad that is over and as you say you can deal with the results and stop eating whatever is turning bits of you into stone ... take care and look after yourself now - that agony is over ...

    Cheers and all the best! Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary - the uncomfortable part was at the beginning of this 11 day journey; the day in hospital, and the two that followed. I think that was when the stone started into the tube and caused so much pain. Once I was on Flowmax the tube relaxed and let the stone work its way through. On passing it, as I mentioned, I did not feel any extra discomfort, as I imagined I would, and was anticipating. So it was a pleasant surprise, and painless to boot.

      I hope it never happens again, but I'm told we all have the potential. If only I had the potential of some other "great" event! Alas… this was yet another stone on the road to wherever it is I'm wandering.

      Thanks, Hilary, for stopping by. How's life in your neck of the woods? I hope the sun is out, and shining down on you. Hugs and Smiles, xxoo

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  14. Cheers, not just to passing it, but to successfully giving me the heeby-jeebies. I cringe just at the thought of passing that as a guy, Flowmax or not.

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    1. LOL Better a slight case of the heeby-jeebies than the actual experience. Which is nothing short of torture. Don't knock that Flowmax stuff - it's gold! I'm guarding the few I didn't use - I'm sure they're worth a ton on the black market.

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Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

I'd give you a penny for them, but alas we just snuffed it out. Yup...gone!
It's all about the nickel now...so at this rate you can leave 5 thoughts!

Cheers, Jenny

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