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.