Saturday, October 16, 2010

I'm still here...

For those you who have not heard, I've been sick.

It started with an UTI and by the time I got to the doctors office it turned in a bladder infection. The doc gave me some antibiotics and some pain pills, since I was having pain in my lower right back. Within a few days the pain pills were not working and pain got so bad I went to the ER.

Once in the ER, they started drawing blood right away and did a CT scan...turns out I now have a kidney infection and kidney stones...after some more blood tests, they found that the infection is now in the blood stream as well and the ER doctor wants to keep me over night observation.

That over night observation turned into 3 days in the hospital...I spent my 27th birthday in the hospital, not fun....he blood infection was a lot worse than originally thought....and I felt like took 2 days on morphine for the back pain to go away and for the fever to go away.
After a follow up appointment with my doctor, I was put on another antibiotic and another appointment with a urologist. The urologist went right the point...I have kidney stone and not just a few, but about 7 or 8 and one of them 5.7mm in diameter and anything over 5mm is considered impassible. Are you kidding me?!?! This now means I have 2 options: surgery or stock radiation to break up the stone. 

I've decided to hold off on both options for right now. The urologist wants me to collect my urine for 24 hours and then a blood test. The doc also put my on yet another antibiotic for the next 6 months and a follow appointment in 6 weeks.

WHAT A MESS!!!  Since I'm on antibiotics, this weakens the effectiveness of the birth control pills I'm taking, so I've stopped them all together for right now. Now we need to be careful, we were not planning on anymore kids..two is our limit!

To top if off this whole mess has made me really tired and I have not been able to work on any sewing projects. I'm hoping to work up my strength and slowly get back into my sewing routine, so maybe within the next week I'll have something new to you all!


Katie B. said...

Yikes, Claire! I'm so sorry you've been so sick. I hope the doctors sort this out soon and you're back to good health!

Jen said...

Claire, please take care of yourself and don't worry about us, sewing projects, or any other things you feel you need to tend to! Take it easy and get better! I can only imagine the pain you must be in. I've never had kidney stones, but I've had a couple friends that have and they say it's absolutely horrible. I hope you get better and surgery or radiation end up not being necessary! Prayers and thoughts are with you!!

Jenny said...

wow Claire...take care of yourself and get well soon!