March 28, 2008

Slowly healing

Many thanks to all the bloggers who have been saying prayers for my husband's health, leaving supportive comments, and sending me sympathetic emails. He's still uncomfortable, but no longer in severe pain, and he seems to be healing. Yesterday brought another round of doctor's visits and tests, but we hope to have a peaceful weekend that will include some much-needed sleep. He goes back to the urologist on Tuesday, and I am hoping that will be the last of the pain, the medications, the complications, and the tubes in places where tubes should never go.

9 comments:

YourFireAnt said...

I second that.


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Jodie said...

Having suffered similar traumatic insults, the only silver lining I can think of from such an experience is that I am no longer bothered by dentists.

They can't hold a candle to my urologist.

Queen of West Procrastination said...

I'm so glad that things are starting to get better. (Hug)

And my Dad has a similar mentality to Jodie; yesterday he had a scope put up through his sinuses and it didn't worry him at all (actually, he found it interesting and blogged about it), because he knows from experience that there are far worse places where doctors and nurses put tubes.

concretegodmother said...

well, we'll continue praying until he's completely out of pain! have the docs offered any tips for ways to prevent this from happening again? *can* it be prevented?

i hate the helpless feeling of watching someone you love in pain and being able to do absolutely nothing about it. you pray like mad, and you run interference with the docs and ask questions fiercely, but it doesn't feel like enough. hang in there, both of you.

jo(e) said...

Congretegodmother: Well, the fragments of the kidney stone are at the lab being analyzed, but it's likely they are calcium-based, which means he needs to change to a diet that is low in oxalates. He will need to avoid cocoa, peanut butter, nuts, tomato soup, tomato sauce, berries, juices made from berries,and vegetable soup. Sadly, this will eliminate about 90 percent of his diet. It's going to be a big change, especially since he is not an adventuresome eater. The other thing he can do is be sure to drink a lot of liquids every day.

Jodie and West: I read your comments aloud to my husband who laughed, then gasped in pain because it hurts to laugh right now, and then said, "I think it's too soon for me to hear that."

Jodie said...

I think it is not a coincidence that the attack came after a hiking trip in the desert and altitude, and spending long hours in airports, not getting enough fluids.

Other than not pumping enough fluids through your kidneys, does anybody really know what causes kidney stones?

purple_kangaroo said...

Oh, my sympathies. My dad has had a number of kidney stones, and it's really awful. I hope your DH gets well quickly and that there are no more stones in his future.

joanna said...

I had no idea this was going on--I need to read blogs more often! How are you doing? Have you gotten some rest?

liz said...

Best wishes to your DH for a speedy recovery and no recurrence.