It started with a ki… kidney stone!…

Kidney stones… ummmm not recommended…

So I’ve been experiencing lower back pain for quite sometime (months) I always put it down to the starting of a chest infection as this would always give me some discomfort in my back…

WRONG!

i woke up at 4am in what can only be described as excruciating pain in my right side (front/back) which travelled also down into the right side of my groin, I was throwing up everything and everywhere which was just nasty, it got to the point where I could no longer take the pain and because movement just made things worse I agreed reluctantly to have an ambulance called, the ambulance arrived at around 8am and they did all the usual – blood preasure / O2 Levels / Temperature etc and to be honest I was in so much pain I don’t remember what these important numbers were and at the time I really didn’t care, I just wanted something for the sickness and pain…

So I was taken to The Royal Bournemouth Hospital and after multiple attempts they finally managed to get a cannula into my arm, and I was finally given morphine via IV – Bliss!! for what felt like 10 minutes… and then the excruciating pain returned with a vengeance… Wow! more IV morphine was given to the point where I just slept but apparently hallucinating about feeding camels and was singing while waving a white tissue (I mean no one needs to see that) first doctor I saw was convinced I had a kidney infection as I was peeing pure blood and wanted to keep me over night, however the second doctor thought more must be going on and spoke with a urologist and ordered a CT Scan which revealed – Kidney Stones… hooray an answer to my pain and the lower back pain I had been experiencing for months… or so I thought…

The stones were small enough I should have been able to pass them, so the doctors were happy to allow me home but wanted me to return in a couple of days to be reviewed to make sure the stones had gone… well 4 days passed and a lot of pain meds consumed and no sign of any stones, the X-ray confirmed they were still in the same place and no sign of movement, so I was placed reluctantly (due to my chest issues) on the surgery list for the next day which in my case involved a consultation with three anaesthetist as to whether they were going to risk a general anaesthetic or a spinal, thankfully they went with the general as I didn’t fancy being awake… anyway the night before the surgery I was in so much pain I could have removed my own kidney, finally morning came and I was put into the lovely hospital gown and waited my turn to have the little buggers removed, this happened to be at 7.30pm ish – all I could think about was being pain free apart from the surgery pain of course…

Back on the ward straight after surgery – looking my finest of course….

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so I had the stones removed (weren’t even allowed to see them – they were sent for analysis) and I had a stent placed which was an odd feeling / experience but wasn’t painful, this was removed the next day and everything seemed OK… until I tried to pee… WOW did that hurt (no one warned me about that part) it was like peeing razor blades… but apparently that was normal… a little warning people!… OUCH!

All credit to the doctors / nurses / surgeons / recovery team involved I had no breathing issues at all during my recovery… or so we thought…

Part 2 coming soon!…

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