*From Saturday August 17. I had started writing this and before I finished decided a nap was a better idea. Thought I should post this BEFORE the removal rundown.
Good grief! This stent cannot come out soon enough! I am always aware of its presence. Some days are more tolerable than others. This morning while I was emptying my bladder I felt like I’d been punched in the kidney. As the bladder contracts, it moves the stent, which irritates the ureter AND the kidney. This was a sharp enough pain that I actually let out a yelp.
|Drawing from http://www.fairview.org/HealthLibrary/Article/83047|
(In my case the blockage comes from the sutures, not a kidney stone)
I find sitting up straight for too long really aggravates things. Not a sharp pain, just a dull, constant ache that gets stronger with time. I guess that makes sense. When I am in a more reclined position, the stent is basically straight. When I sit up, the stent has to bend a bit. Although it is very flexible, it is still putting pressure on the ureter, kidney and bladder, a pressure that they are not meant to deal with.
(I hate the dangling preposition. But for me to type “..a problem with which they are not meant to deal” just sounds so…elitist, arrogant, British??? *sigh* How to use proper grammar without sounding like a snob? Is there a book by this title?)
It also seems that this is becoming more uncomfortable as the days pass. I am not sure if the stent is moving further down into the bladder, causing more pressure on the kidney or if my body is just tired of this and no longer tolerating it. Regardless, I have had to take more pain pills the past few days than I have in a while. And all due to this damn thing. I honestly believe if it weren’t for the stent, I would be completely off pain meds and only using Ibuprofen.
On the other hand, I am VERY aware that I am lucky to have the evil thing. I could be dealing with far worse issues if my doctor had not noticed that he nicked me. I am grateful it was taken care of the DAY of surgery and NOT weeks down the road.
Have I mentioned how much I love my doctor? YES...he is the one who nicked me. But considering the fact that everything was basically super glued together down there, I think he did a damn fine job! And I credit his 30+ years of experience to my relatively easy recovery.
Just two more days.