Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kidney stones, Part II

Steve seems to be experiencing another kidney stone attack.

The pain started about an hour ago. He says it feels just like it did three weeks ago, when he had the first one. (The scan three weeks ago showed a 2 mm stone on its way out. It also showed a 4 mm stone hanging out in the kidney. The ER doctor said it could very well stay there for a decade.)

I don't want to drag him to the ER and spend six hours among people with flu and strep on the eve of his next chemotherapy treatment.

So I called Dr. M, who responded right away. She's called in the most potent pain killer she can, and Liz is on her way to the pharmacy now to pick it up. (It won't be as strong as the IV drugs he received at the hospital.)

Our hope is that he gets through the night with just the oral pain meds. If the pain becomes too unbearable, we'll head to the ER.


11:50 p.m. update: The pain meds have taken the edge off. Steve says that his pain level is at a 3, on a 1-10 scale. He is close to falling asleep and can take more medicine at 3 a.m. if he needs it.


5 a.m. update: Steve woke up around 4 a.m. with more intense pain and took another pain pill. He was asleep again by 4:45. We leave the house at 7:10 to take Cooper to the Bassens and Katie to Zita's before reporting to UT-SW by 9 a.m.


Chitnis and Chahal said...

Sorry to hear, hope the pain medication works and Steve gets some rest tonight. Praying that this passes soon as well. It was really nice to talk to Steve on saturday. I remember I had come to visit him last year around Mardi Gras time, I thought of him when we got some kingcake home.
Tyra, I have said this before, we can watch Katie and Cooper also. Also if you need to go to the ER, I can drive up and spend the night with them, just let me know.
I will be looking at the blog for better news tomorrow.
A sincere prayer for Steve to start feeling better and having few weeks of comfort and stability in the weeks to come.

Natalie Willis said...

I wish I was closer and could offer more tangible help. I will send lots of prayers for comfort tonight.

Sharon Harris said...

Tyra and Steve,

If you need me to spend the night with Cooper and Katie, all you have to do is call.

Right now I am praying for relief from the pain.

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