Not One, but Two Stents
by Joseph B. Dooley
I was ill, with symptoms that were similar to when I had a Cyst in my Colon. I went to the hospital and they detected a LARGE kidney stone on the left side.
The next day they put in a stent and I went home. I do have some sort of a plastic thing coming out of my left side. A week or so later I had a severe pain in my lower RIGHT abdomen, which was caused by a larger kidney stone on the right side.
The next day they put a stent in the right side, but with nothing sticking out on the right.
Now I have to urinate frequently. I have no pain, but a strange "sensation" when I awake, almost every two hours. Last night I did not get much sleep, since I have had some difficulty sleeping on my left side. Not because of pain, but I just know the tube is there.
After a week, I am still bleeding a bit and I sometimes experience dizziness and weakness. In general, however, I am alright.
Our local Urologist is unable to "work" on the stones but I have an appointment at the Ohio State University Hospital on the 23rd of January, with a Kidney Stone specialist.
Not sure what the future holds but I am hopeful. I am 82 years old and I had a "spell" of the Gout about 50 years ago and a bout with kidney stones about 30 years ago.
With my third operation, the Urologists did a complete "rebuild" of the system. I was on the table for six hours. The problem was Uric Acid stones and I did not imagine I would ever have a problem again... but I was wrong.
My Quality of Living is now at about 70% ... I sometimes feel light headed and dizzy, but it's not too bad. My wife is a Cancer Survivor, has AFib, so my days are spent taking care of her, gladly. Perhaps it takes my mind off of my problems ....