I promised an update, but it will have to be in bits and pieces, I'm afraid. First, though, I want to thank all of you for being so patient and not forgetting me during a long absence. I am reading as many of the posts as I can, but won't be able to answer many for a while. I still pray for all of you many times a day as I have to interrupt my activities for bath room breaks. My bathroom is still my prayer room; I hope it helps someone else, but I know it helps me enormously to add some purpose to my days.
I am slower and dumber than usual, as I am taking dilaudid for a kidney stone. I is my first, and I fervently pray my last, but when that excuse for being out of it wears off, I'll think up another one. I went to the ER eleven days, got enough dilaudid and phenergan to make me more comfortable, and was sent home with a supply of oral medicines. I sleep a lot but I can manage.
I had blood in my urine for a week or two and had already scheduled CT scans, which confirmed an 8 mm obstructing stone and a smaller non-obstructing one. Today I finally saw the urologist; he scheduled outpatient surgery for next Thursday, unless, of course, it passes before then. He also gave me a seven day supply of Flomax, which he said might help. It's not just for gentlemen, who knew? At least I have a deadline now and will have relief one way or another. I must have known at some point that Crohn's is a risk factor for stones, but I had forgotten that and didn't know that it happens to both genders.
Not related, as far as I know, is a Spigelian hernia, which just happened to show up on the tests. I may have to deal with that down the road, but first things first.
Meanwhile, I am reading as many posts as I can and will start responding ASAP. I hope to become a regular again; it will take some juggling but I'll go at my own speed for now. I have missed you all so much and wanted to post again but didn't know what to say. I just decided to start with now, and then go backwards if I need to. My thoughts and prayers are with you all while I "leave no stone unturned."
Take care. Lois