Six Point Five Millimeters
Size does matter…and since knitters deal with millimeters quite often, you may understand the shock I had with my latest CT Scan.
Diagnosis – Kidney Stones
Years ago, a friend of mine was in a lot of pain due to a kidney stone he was passing. Karen, a mutual friend of ours, and a mother of two, asked him about his kidney stone. When she found out that the pain was caused by a sand grain-size object through his urinary tract, her response was:
“Fuck you! I passed a grapefruit size object through mine twice and didn’t whine anywhere near as much!
About a week ago, I started having quite a bit of pain in the area of my kidneys. It got bad enough where I felt I should see the doctor on Monday, who had me get a CT Scan to check for stones. The above image isn’t my CT Scan, but mine looked like it (except for the thin waistline of the patient above). Turns out, I had a 6.5mm kidney stone blocking the ureter (the tube through which urine passes from the kidney to the bladder).
A quick visit to the urologist was ordered, followed by a whirlwind tour of various Hunterdon Medical facilities for pre-op EKG, blood test and x-rays, and then a visit this past Friday to the hospital to have a lithotripsy which successfuly pulverized the stone into a bunch of smaller stones. And now I’m recuperating at home with my best friend, Percocet while I pass the smaller stones.
Despite all the waiting rooms at doctors offices and labs and the time in pre-op for my lithotripsy, I had no desire whatsoever to knit. Now that I’m on Percocet and going into and out of painful episodes, I still don’t care much about knitting.
See? So blogging about a medical condition does have some significance to knitting.