Thursday, October 13, 2011

CT Fun and Games

So… After two horrific nights of excruciating pain, I went to the doctor and a scan was ordered. I’m not a big fan of stuff like that, mainly because it’s usually so damned expensive even after insurance has had their say. But I’m even less of a fan of unknown and dreadfully uncomfortable ailments that could, or could not be, something ugly and serious.

The doctor threw around words like diverticulitis, cysts, and a few others that I cannot remember or spell even if I could remember them. Unpleasant words that had to be eliminated by me going for a scan.

I’ve driven over this cliff before, and I hated it. Barium drink is some of the nastiest stuff. Oh, they flavor it with something that makes it taste similar to a tropical drink, but there’s not a whole lot they can do about the thick, chalkiness.

Even better, I have a sensitivity to the contrast dye they inject into the veins, so that was a lovely experience as well. Actually, the loveliest part of that experience was sitting around until the tech was satisfied that I wasn’t going to drop dead on her watch. I would have preferred to just leave.

However, thanks to today’s technology, I was able to get the results back this afternoon. I have an 8mm kidney stone that is attempting to kill me as it leaves. Also, there are cysts on both kidneys, but I’m not sure what that means, so I guess I’ll have to wait for the good doctor to explain it all to me.

But, it’s not serious, and for that I am thankful.


  1. Ugh. Not serious in the "life threatening don't want to think about this way" to be sure, but not comfortable either. Not sure thinking good thoughts is much help here, but it can't hurt and you have them anyway.

  2. I know your pain, my dear friend, having recently gone through a similar episode. Sending hugs and strength your way!

    Sagacious Woman

  3. I haven't had a kidney stone or cysts but I have heard they are extremely painful. I hope everything 'passes' as it should. You poor thing. Thinking of you.


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