Kidney Stones Update
Sunday, December 06, 2009
Many of you know that my little stone families came home for the Holidays. Life right now seems to be an endless array of issues. I am frankly sick of it. I realize that I wanted time off for Christmas to go to Vt, but I didn't want time off due to needing surgical procedures for Kidney stones. Last week they put in a stent and I have been out of work on pain medicine. I go back to work on Tuesday. Wednesday I plan round 2 with my doc as far as going off blood thinners and breaking up this 6mm stone with laser lithotripsy. This will mean another week off from work. Normally I would relish a couple of weeks away from work around the Holidays, but I feel guilty that I am sick and others with more seniority will have to cover for me when they deserved the time off. I was a little miffed when looking at the December schedule as I was scheduled "on" for every weekend through New Years with no chance to go to Vermont. I was focusing internally on being miffed (without letting on at work because I want to be a good sport), when I woke up last Tuesday with the telltale severe flank pain that let me know that one of my stones was announcing its presence. I was a good Doobie though, I went to work and saw all my patients in spite of the pain and then went to the MD. I guess I am worried about all the time I have had off since starting this new job, first with mom's death and now this issue, I am fighting to control things I can't control I guess. I don't like feeling this way.