Where I’ve Been

I figure after being out of the world for a month, some explanation would not go unwarranted.

A few days after my last post, I got a kidney stone. This is incredibly unpleasant, but I’d had one before and it passed within a day. This one, however, came with a few complications:


  • My first ER doc believed it was not a kidney stone and could not check due to a broken CT machine, so I went 4 days with mediocre pain meds and instructions to relieve a problem I did not have.
  • I ended up with 2 further ER visits due to insurance not wanting to pay for meds.
  • The stone camped out just before getting gone, meaning that after 12 days of excruciating pain, lack of sleep, and brain-numbing drugs, I got to have my very first surgery ever.
  • After this point, I found out that given one or two more days the infection from the stationary stone would have entered my blood stream. That is one of those things that minimum puts you in the hospital for a week, but can kill you. Funsies!
  • This required putting in a stent, which came out a week later and was not much more comfortable than the stone while it was in.
  • You don’t want to know how they take the stent out.

I’m still recovering, but I’m mostly off meds and I can lift my kiddo again, so things could be worse. I just have to slow down from time to time, take a shorter work day here and there and skip a night out or two. It went pretty poorly, but I’m just thankful that it’s done and it didn’t go worse.

I’ll be jumping back into writing mode again soon, as my head is finally clear and I’m catching up on 3 weeks of life lost, but it’ll still be a bit longer as this week is a rough one. Next Saturday marks one year since I lost my brother, so my mom and grandma will be in town and I’ll be mostly off the grid. I’ll probably have some wonderfully dark musings on the last year, but after that I’ll try to lift it up again. Even when things are¬†looking plenty dark, life’s still got its bright¬†points.

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