12.19.2007

ESWL: Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy

Tomorrow, I go in for Lithotripsy to break up a stone in my left kidney which is creating blockage. This blockage has, from my perception, caused the left kidney to swell to more than twice the size of its healthy right counterpart. It still works, but it takes a little longer to do what it needs to do. I had a series of intravenous dye X-rays two weeks ago and I actually got to watch the progression of an iodine dye through my system. Now, none of the stones have passed, so I have very little pain. It's when they move that pain happens. They're just staying where they are, causing little issue.

They tell me that lithotripsy is a non invasive procedure, but they're going to put me under general anesthesia, so I don't feel any pain. I'm told by the doctor that when I'm finished, it's going to feel like I've been kicked in the side. And a few days of pissing sand and blood, I should be on the up and up. I've taken the last 2 months off from Aikido, and it's depressing. I haven't really done anything active in fear of dropping a kidney stone into my ureter. That's a painful trip to the ER.

I'm taking Thursday off for the surgery, and 3 sick days on Friday, Saturday & Sunday to recover. If you haven't seen me, talked to me, and you care to do those things, Those days will be prime opportunity to find me. I'll be spending a lot of time with Dawn this weekend. She's even taking a half day on Thursday to take me home from surgery (so amazing!). But make an offer to hang this weekend and we'll consider it ;)