The W Family Chronicles

Crap. And a lot of other bad words that I won’t say because my mom reads this blog.

Posted on: June 26, 2007

My urologist visit did not go so well. I have, on the left side, 2 very large stones. Both are the size of the single one that caused me to need a c-section 2 weeks early last summer. Basically nearly 2 cm of stone in there. And then on the other side, I have several smaller pieces.

First of all, I have never had a stone on the right side. For me to now have small pieces on that side is very bad news. I could always count on my right kidney to behave and do what it is supposed to do quietly and without fuss. I loved my right kidney. Now, not so much.

Secondly, the large stones on the left require treatment. Not right now (thank goodness, b/c my urologist is out until the end of July…I saw a fill in today) but soon. That will be lithotripsy #3 on that side. The good news here is that right now I’m not in any pain. And won’t be, assuming they don’t fall into the ureter. The bad news is that they are close and I’m basically a ticking time bomb. And also that lithotripsy costs approximately $25k at our hospital. Yes, we have insurance and won’t pay nearly that much, but it’s still a lot of money that we don’t need to be spending. And technically *until* I’m in pain, litho is an elective procedure and they may not cover it, according to the doctor. WHAT?!?!?

I’m just *so* over all of this. I want to know what is causing them…apparently it can’t be *just* dehydration or inadequate fluid intake. If I was that chronically dehydrated, I’d have a LOT more problems than just kidney stones. I have a family history, but other than that there’s no obvious reason why I keep getting them. It’s frustrating and I wish we could figure out what is causing them.

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D is the dad, the husband, and the breadwinner. All around nice guy and good at pretty much everything he does. It's disgusting, really. But makes him worth keeping around.

M is the mom, the wife, and the hopeless housekeeper. At least the kids' heads haven't fallen off yet. Beyond that, she sucks at the "stay at home" thing. Oh, and she's the blogger.

J is the big boy. Born October 11 2002, he is in kindergarten and loves it. Now 6 years old, and too smart for his own good. Talks a lot but extremely entertaining.

C is the little boy. Born June 26, 2006, he went through a lot in his first year but is doing just fine now. The only blond in the family, so his paternity is routinely questioned by rude strangers.

V is our baby girl. She is brand new and arrived in January 2009. So far everything is going well. We're thrilled to have added the final piece to our family puzzle. And yes, she WILL be the final piece!

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