Wednesday, September 9, 2009

My Lithotripsy Adventure


That lady lying on the table with the blue cap on her head was me yesterday. I had a kidney stone. A big kidney stone, that was stuck in my kidney. I was lying on the table to have a Lithotripsy procedure, They put you to sleep, then lower the machine into place. It hits your kidney stone with shock waves until it breaks up into small pieces.

The procedure took about 45 minutes, they tell me. I had no idea, as I was sound asleep the whole time. I asked the nurse what it would feel like if I remained awake. She said it would feel like someone is snapping a rubber band against your side about a thousand times. Ouch! They told me that the stone broke up really well. Now I just have to wait for the pieces to come out.

8 comments:

Jenn Jilks said...

What an adventure, to say the least. Hope all is well!

judy in ky said...

Thank you Jenn, I feel pretty good.

rachel said...

Good news. How brave you are; let's hope the last stage happens painlessly.

Bearette24 said...

You must be glad it's over...

Susan said...

Hi and OUCH! Sounds like the easy part is over. I don't wanna know what it's going to feel like when those little pieces start coming out!

Anyway, I found you on Natalie's Chicken Blog and I like your blog, so I'm gonna hang around. BTW, we're almost neighbors! I live on the NW side of Columbus and come almost to your area quite often....Oxford, OH, home of Miami U.

judy in ky said...

Welcome Susan! I was a student at Miami University long ago myself. Both my grandfather and my uncle graduated from Miami.

Susan said...

My legs are crossed tres tightly - ouch ! hope that stone turned to kidney stone dust.

Bless you for trying to catch and neuter the sweet black kittens.

Have you seen the show Mad Men (brooding music) it's excellent - not sure what US network it's on. I think you'd like it. xo S & les Gang

judy in ky said...

Hi Susan,
Yes, I have been watching Mad Men. Here, it's on the AMC channel. I find it strangely hypnotic. I wasn't sure I liked it at first, but I got hooked. I can remember the days when everyone smoked, and when women were only secretaries, nurses, or teachers. Men in offices called their secretaries their "girls".