two is better than one

…unless you’re talking about kidney stones.

That’s right, friends — I’ve got the stones. Two of ’em. And it’s been kind of a craptastic week, if I’m being honest.

Nope. Not these stones.

It all started on Tuesday morning when, around 9:30, I didn’t feel quite right. I had a pain in my side that was similar to a pain I felt a few weeks ago that had gone away within a few hours… but this time, within ten minutes, I was doubled over and vomiting (sorry). I did what all grown women do and called my mommy, who told me I should call the doctor. They had an opening at 10:30, so I made the appointment, and then promptly called my mom back and begged her to take me there because I was at the point that I couldn’t really walk, let alone drive and Nick couldn’t get home for at least another hour. Despite the icy roads, my mom was there in a flash, and we traveled a few short blocks to my doctor’s office. Within a minute of them taking a look at my extremely pale, sweating face (and did I mentioned I was carrying two plastic Target bags in case I tossed my cookies again? Classy!) and seeing that I was about to pass out from the pain, they helped me back into the car and sent us straight to the ER.

It’s all a bit of a delirious blur because I was in so much pain — and I will say that it was, hands down, the most pain I have ever felt in my life. It took a few hours of agony and a CAT scan to finally be diagnosed with not one, but TWO kidney stones, and I thank my lucky stars for modern medicine and pain killers because I couldn’t take it for much longer. (At one point while being admitted, I remember crying to the nurse that I wished I would just pass out so I didn’t have to feel the pain anymore.) I had more than one person tell me that day that kidney stones are more painful than childbirth, and I sure as hell hope so. Because I never want to do anything like that again. (And at least after childbirth you get a cute baby. I need a t-shirt that says “I went to the ER and all I got were these stupid kidney stones.”)

They’re still, ahem, hanging out, so I’ve been lying low and taking pain meds as needed until my new unwanted friends leave me alone. Thanks for letting me whine a bit — I hope you all are having a better week than I am, and I hope that each and every one of you can avoid the wrath of kidney stones!


  1. Aww I’m so sorry you’re going through this. :-( The last time I was in the ER for pain the doc was concerned I had kidney stones from the level of pain I was in (and the way I was doubled over and retching), and I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I hope you recover soon!

  2. Oh gosh this post makes me feel so awful for what you are going through, and also laugh a bit…you have a habit of making me do that! It’s true…at least with childbirth you get a cute baby. I wish I knew how to screenprint-I’d make you that tee right now! Hang in there…xx

  3. OMG I hope you feel better soon! That sounds terrible.

    This might be a TMI question, but do you have to pass those? Or do they dissolve or something? You don’t have to answer but I just have no idea how that works.

    Hang in there and FEEL BETTER!

  4. THAT SUCKS. I am so sorry!!!!! I hope the pain meds are helping. Ugh, this sounds terrible. I hope you start feeling better very soon, and that your new “friends” take a hike, posthaste.

  5. Yikes! That sounds soo terrible! I would have called my mom too. Hoping you are better soon!

  6. I’m so sorry Brooke– that pain sounds unreal. Take care good of yourself and I hope you feel better soon!

  7. Thanks, everyone! I was going stir crazy tonight and although I was still in pain, Nick and I went out for a bite to eat which made me feel somewhat normal again! After too many days in the apartment, I really needed to get out.

    @Amy, um, yes… I have to pass them, and have yet to do so :/ Hence the continued pain. (Though it’s NOTHING like the initial pain and sickness that hit on Tuesday.) If I’m lucky, they’ll have dissolved a bit and I won’t even feel anything when they pass, but I just want them OUT at this point! (Sorry, a little graphic!)

  8. Alright – so what ER did you go to? Because if I ever have kidney stones, I want good drugs too! Although, Ridle is so close if I was dying I’d probably just go there. Even if it does kind of scare me.

  9. I hope you’re feeling better and that they pass ASAP and without too much pain. My husband’s had a few, and my mom had them too, and they both say it’s the most painful thing ever. So sorry you had to go through that!

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