A Time of Medical Miracles
Perhaps it’s easy for some to take for granted what they can do in this day and age. But I am constantly amazed at the medical miracles happening all the time.
Which Medical Miracles This Time Joe?
Some of you may know that I had kidney stones about 5 years ago and went through a couple of sonic lithotripsies to have them pulverized so I could pass them.
Recently, I started passing more kidney stones and went back to the doctor to get them addressed again.
First of all, can you envision what this process might have looked like even 100 years ago? Even if I was rich and entitled and had the most advanced resources available to me? It wouldn’t have helped. I might have passed the stones naturally. Or more likely, I would have had some ureter and/or kidney damage that would have lessened my kidney function in the future
But today I get two miracles.
The CT Scan
A CT (computed tomography) Scan is an X-ray image made using a form of tomography in which a computer controls the motion of the X-ray source and detectors, processes the data, and produces the image.
Or in other words…it can look inside my very body and take photos of organs, tubes and even kidney stones. That, in an of itself is miraculous.
Ureteroscopy (you-Rita-roscopy is how I pronounce it)
It is a procedure in which a small scope (like a flexible telescope) is inserted into the urethra, bladder, and ureter and it is used to find and laser-blast kidney stones.
It is UNFATHOMABLE to me that they can navigate a device through all these body parts, hunt down and destroy kidney stones. But there you have it.
Hopefully, this time next week, I’ll be having stones laser-blasted out of my urinary tract.
I was able to finished the Interlocking Crochet Scarf.
I’m quite pleased with how it came out. I will do a final steam-blocking on it before I add it to the craft show inventory.
I also started another fast scarf.
A simple, black tweedy scarf in lengthwise garter stitch. These scarves usually sell quickly, so I’ll finish it before the craft show.