Throat Blog — Getting Stoned

Well, not that kind of stoned (unfortunately). Tuesday night during the night I thought I was in a bad position, and kept turning over to ease my back. When I woke up fully, still had some lower left back pain. Started about my day, but as the day wore on, I had waves of pain that went from a 2 up to a 6 (on a 10-point pain scale).

Not horrible, but it was radiating into my gut, as well. I met a friend after work to help him pick up a new car, and the pain started pushing up into the 7 range. Bailed on him (did get him to the dealership in Corinth) and drove to the UTSW ER. They put me in my usual room. Actually, not there often (I think 5 times total), but I got exam room 28, which I’ve gotten before.

I told the ER doc that I thought it was probably a kidney stone…my last CT scan did show one in my left kidney. Pain swelled up while I was there into the 8 zone. Actually got nauseated. By the time they brought me some morphine (mmmmm, moooooorrrphiiiiiiine), the pain was mostly gone, again, but they dosed me up, anyway.

First blood work came back as “patient is dead.” I think they didn’t completely clear my mediport and it still had some heparin and saline when they did the draw. Second blood work, I was low on RBC, WBC, hemoglobin, and platelets (same as the day before) but not dead.

CT scan results showed…kidney stone had moved into one of the ducts and was causing the pain. Very small (2mm). But, big enough.

So, 5 hours in ER ending up with them telling me what I told them when I walked in. No big pain, today. Hoping that it can clear on out w/o another bad episode. Urologist tomorrow morning (that will be my 15th UTSW doctor I’ve seen since last October). Hopefully they can do something to help prevent a recurrence. This is almost certainly related to cancer treatment, though, so … well … I guess I’ll just have to wait until tomorrow and see what they say.