…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!