Look At You From Inside As Well - Ureteroscopy Images 11-09-22 01

Look At You From Inside As Well

I want a doctor to take your picture
So I can look at you from inside as well

From “Turning Japanese” written by David Fenton and performed by the Vapors

Look At You From Inside As Well…For What?!?!

Many of us thought the song Turning Japanese was about masturbation. The song-writer says it’s not, but I’m not so sure.

Regardless, the feature photo today shows images taken during a recent urology procedure (ureteroscopy for kidney stones) in case anyone is looking for a picture of the inside of me.

I mentioned a little over a week ago I was going to have a procedure to remove kidney stones from my ureter. My urologist did a ureteroscopy with laser lithotripsy in the hospital this past Wednesday and inserted a stent (a flexible plastic tube) in my ureter (the canal between the kidneys and the bladder).

Despite how well my urologist described the procedure, I wasn’t expecting it to be quite as harsh as it was on my body. The point of entry for his scope/laser device was sore to begin with, but I was also expelling small fragments of stones in an already-irritated canal. So I was in quite a bit of discomfort the day after the procedure.

The following day, I was feeling better, but still having some odd, albeit mild complications to the procedure that are a bit too explicit to describe in a Monday morning blog entry.

Fortunately, I am very grateful to have had this done. I really like and trust my new urologist, so that made it an easier decision. It does look like they will need to do this procedure again soon, and then have a final follow-up procedure to remove the stent. Hopefully they will be able to determine a diet and/or lifestyle that will make me less “stone promotional” in the future.

Remnants of My Hospital Time

One odd, yet funny experience I had the day after the procedure. After I had shaken off the cloud of anesthesia, I realized I still had some remnants of the procedure stuck to my body. My favorite was one of the EKG pads that the technician missed when she was taking them off me.

To be fair there were a LOT of them. Just thought it was funny to find a memento of my time in the hospital.

Current Knitting

Despite all the activity and associated recovery (lots of napping/sleeping), I was still able to finish the latest Knitted Cross Stitch Scarf.

I really LOVE how these to yarn colorways melded in this scarf. Best color combination I think I’ve every made. I also find it amazing how the same colorway of yarn (the yellow) can look so different when paired with a semi-solid yarn.

But I think they’re both really great.

I also got a bit distracted by a test-knit of a triangular shawl. It HAD to be started as well.

I’ve made enough headway to have completed the repeat enough times to provide feedback to the designer. It’s a fun knit, and I’ll enjoy finishing it.

3 comments on “Look At You From Inside As Well

  1. OH, dear. I get what you’re going through.

    Did the laser removal about 6 years ago and will never do it again. Your mention of how hard the procedure is on the body is an understatement. I had to do it 2x. First time they pushed the stone back in the kidney. The second time they got it. but in between I had that ever loving stent in. Couldn’t go more than 1/2 hour between bathroom visits. Have they removed the stent yet? PM me for info.

    Best of luck. I just passed on last week and my recent back pain has alerted me to another soon.

  2. I’m glad you came through the procedure- and have a story to share.
    As a nurse, I’d like to reassure you that it is common for several hours after the procedure you may have a burning feeling when you urinate.

    This feeling should go away within a day. Drinking a lot of water can help.

    You may have some blood in your urine for 2 or 3 days. It’s common.
    Believe it or not, a nice hot bath may help you to feel better. That and a nice cup of tea.

    The navy blue and white colorway of the electrode is kind of nice, don’t ya think?

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