This Too, Shall Pass

I FINALLY PASSED MY KIDNEY STONE! Praise the Lord, HALLLELUIA, glory to God in the highest. Thank you for all who prayed for me. I know the Lord moved, literally on behalf of all his people praying. Here’s the short version…

The pain started a week ago today. Thursday I was in the hospital. They said they think I have a kidney stone. Friday I saw some minerals in my urine but the pain was still intense. I dealt with pain pretty much on (mostly) and off since then. I tried baths, hot and cold packs, pain meds, walking, laying, anything I could think of to help alleviate pain to no avail. Finally I couldn’t take it anymore and I went to the hospital again last night at 1 a.m. They took more tests and did an ultrasound and found that I had hydronephrosis (swelling and dilation of the kidney) on the left side and a kidney stone on the right side. That did not make sense to me because I had NO pain on the right side it was all left side. So after a consult with the urologist they decided to put a stent in at 3:30 p.m. today. Stent – annoying little plastic tube to help drain the kidneys that I would have to have in until after the birth, that is supposedly super uncomfortable. I felt like this was my only option because the other alternative was to live on pain meds for 8 weeks and have a drug addicted baby. So they hooked me up to some fluids and an antibiotic to try and let down some of the swelling on the left side. So at 10:30 a.m. in between bouts of restless sleep I had my last dose of pain meds and then at 11:00 a.m. I went to the bathroom and passed a stone. IT WAS HUGE…the size of a peanut. Immediately the pain on my left side was gone. At 2:30 p.m. I was the feeling the best I felt in two weeks and they decided to release me and forego the stent.

At this point they are unconcerned with the stone in my right side. It could stay there the rest of my life, they don’t know. But until it moves and causes discomfort there really is no reason to try to get rid of it, so they say. Apparently they believe the stone that I passed today was stuck between my bladder and my kidney, which they can’t see on the ultrasound.

It was a miracle that I passed it when I did. I am so grateful I did not have to have a stent put in and that my pain has passed. It was by far the worst and most painful experience of my life. I feel like a new woman right now. THANK YOU JESUS!

Now I can focus on the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy. Good news…Kayla is head down and ready to go. She is so low that I actually got to see her head when they did an ultrasound of my bladder.