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20 April 2010 @ 01:44 pm
mini update  
Well, I'm still alive, if though sometimes I am not feeling wonderful.  Saw a specialist yesterday who seems to think that I can pass my big ole Kidney Stone.  TheStone (5mm) has been stuck a few times enroute to my bladder, which causes the pain, but it is moving - and since I'm fairly healthy (other than having a near magical ability to generate stones) he hopes I'll piss it out.  TMI?  too bad!

I saw 2 doc's yesterday - one a "new doc" who was given space to see me in what might once have been a closet.  I'm not joking.  Its an old hospital - built in 1905 or something.  It looks like they threw all the recent money into building some lovely skylight section (great! The chain restaurants get the best section - while the patients are seen in the 1905 closet). 

New doc was a young woman - tall and beautiful - who grinned when I told her I first used Google to look up "kidney stones".  She says she has a lot of patients who "self-diagnose with Google".  I did point out I also saw a clinic doc who agreed, and then asked, "so how many of them are correct in their Google-med results."  "Quite a few.  Though some people seem to think they have all the answers covered by some obscure disease that will account for every heath issue.  I like to think the years at med school are of some benefit."

Old doc - was a white haired funny guy.  Acute, to the point, and also slipping in some funny comments.  Must be something in the training.  "Don't lay around doing nothing... You have to move."  (guess he doesn't know me very well, do he).  I told him I walked to the hospital, would do shopping and walk home.  "Good! You should try skipping rope - maybe use some gravity to get that stone out.".

meanwhile i have a cold.   blerg.
Shogoshogo on April 20th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Though I don't go to hospitals or doctors much, I tend to do the same. When my wrist was broken, I had webmd and google printouts. I do hope that you get better soon and having a cold in this weather doesn't help much. :(
Arklanarklan on April 20th, 2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
i googled my appendicitis and was right. ...glad to, cause had i not suspected thsat i might have ignored it a few more hours.

good luck with the kidney stone. ick.
mmarquesmmarques on April 21st, 2010 02:51 am (UTC)
wow, this sounds incredibly painful! I hope that the stone works its way out soon.
Hemlock B. Bootsalottathe_siobhan on April 22nd, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
When I first developed gallstones somebody recommended Chanca piedra. It's recommended for both gallstones and kidney stones. Now it didn't do a damn thing for me, but I did find mention of a study that shows it reduces urinary calcium so it might have an effect on developing kidney stones.

I have a bottle I didn't finish if you want to give it a try.