A huge thank you to the many of you who prayed for my husband, Bill, and for me, too, as he had his kidney stone procedure yesterday. He'll have another one, for the right kidney, that one requiring a few days hospital stay, in December. So please don't quit praying, yet! The outpouring of concern and love and encouragement from my precious SparkFriends, our other online friends, our local friend and family blessed me so much. You boosted my faith and strength greatly.
The entire day was blessed in so many ways. First of all, they allowed me to stay in the tiny room they put is in when we arrived as I waited for Bill to have the procedure. This meant I didn't have to set up shop for the five hours of waiting out in the busy waiting area. I had enough stuff with me to keep boredom and hunger at bay!
1. My laptop (I have a laptop now, first time in my life!!)
2. My book bag with my 90 pound, large-print bible and study books in it
3. My purse that weighs a ton
4. My insulated bag with four servings of fruit and two of raw veggies, four bottles of water, two garlic chicken sandwiches on multi-grain bread (one for breakfast and one for lunch), cucumber/tomato salad, and a 100 calorie packet of mini gummi bears (for nervous chewing!)
Can you imagine me carrying all that every time I had to go tinkle? lol I was able to use the little table that goes over the hospital bed and spent nearly three hours of my waiting time talking to the Microsoft tech who took control of the laptop to try to get it to WORK. Windows 7 is brand, spanking new and has LOTS of issues. It's gonna take some serious tweaking. It got me to SparkPeople just fine, and that was a plus! Getting me to Charter's web-based mail was another story. It finally did work but it took hours, so I didn't get through a lot of Spark mails while at the hospital. I'll be all set up for the days we spend at the hospital in December, though!
I LOVE the urologist we finally ended up with. I prayed a lot that we'd have the best one for Bill. He was twice in the hands of other urologists and circumstances happened that prevented him from going into any kind of procedure with them. I knew this was the right man. He is a nice man, very pleasant, really listened to what we were saying. The right kidney is far worse than the left, but the left one was obstructed, so it had to be done first. When I saw the doctor in the hallway as they were wheeling Bill from the little room to the OR, he told he he'd been thinking about Bill having to go until December 3 with the substantial pain in the right kidney and he decided, since he was inserting two stints on the left side, to insert a thinner one on the right, hoping to give relief from some of that right-sided pain between now and when they do the more invasive procedure on it. He was attentive to the complications we face with Bill working out at sea four weeks and then being home two weeks. I appreciate that so much!
After the stints were in and Bill was being moved to the spot where they'd do the lipsotripsy (3,000 hits of soundwaves), the doctor came to the little room where I was waiting. In his hand he had two implements that can only be described as mini rotorooters, very much like the snakes a plumber uses to clear blocked toilet or bathtub lines. He said he figured that Bill, being a boat captain, would be interested in the mechanical side of how things work, so he salvaged the two disposable instruments that are used to go in through the penis, up through the urinary tract, all the way through bladder, and on into the kidney, then opened (See the little "basket" and the three tee tiny claws on them in the photo?) to capture the stones and reverse route to get them out of the body and analyzed. They captured the one obstructing the left kidney and then busted up the two remaining stones in the left kidney with the soundwaves.
Here's a close up for you.
The doctor said he figured Bill might want to take these to the boat when he returned to work as a sort of show and tell. LOL It's GOTTA be a boy thing. It gave me the willies just to LOOK at them. I thought it was neat, though, that the doctor thought enough about Bill to bring them back to me. He really thinks of his patients as PEOPLE, as people with lives that extend beyond the operating room. That's rare these days!
When it was all over and Bill was in recovery, the doctor came back to me and explained every single part of what they had done to my husband and why. He spied the laptop and my other things and commended me for using the down time wisely instead of wasting it. I got to tell him about SP and my successes here. He wanted to know about the Windows 7 issues. He noticed some new computer equipment on the wall behind me and asked: What's all THAT?! I looked behind me and replied that I hadn't a clue. It was obviously something new that he'd not seen there before. He surmised it was some new equipment for monitoring vitals. Then he grinned real big and said: Now see? You should have told me you set that up so you could do work while here and I'd have told everyone I met today how impressive you are for hooking all that stuff up on the wall! LOL He was too cute. Gotta love a man who is so happy in his work and in his life. I have a lot more faith in someone like that than someone who's forgotten how to smile or laugh, how to be interested in what's new in his surroundings and why, interested in how a wife is spending her time waiting while he does surgical procedures on her husband. For me, those traits in our urologist are a prescription for confidence!
The chef turned ship's captain patient is feeling much better today. He feels battered and bruised, of course, very sore, but he feels definite relief in even the right kidney, thank God. That was a big concern for me. He felt so good today that he even went to creating in the kitchen and made me a wonderful dish with pasta and tuna. If you go to my SparkPage and click MORE on the far right, then FAVORITES, Tuna Putanesca will be there. Super tasty stuff!!
Thank you again and again and again! I so appreciate you taking these many and varied steps of life with me. Your presence in my world makes EVERYthing easier, more bearable, sweeter, more fun. Much love and abundant blessings to you!!