Monday, November 11, 2013

Crawling My Way Back…Slowly

Well, it’s been a tough last six months where I didn’t feel well but couldn’t figure out why. I knew one of my problems had been a kidney stone, and assumed it had passed through…it hadn’t.

On one particularly bad day, a trip to the emergency room resulted in three different kinds of antibiotics, but an incorrect diagnosis. I kept getting worse. Eventually my system closed down until I couldn’t eat anything; not even liquids. Periodically whatever went in eventually came back up and out. I’m thin already, on a 6’ 4” frame, but I lost about 15 bound in this process.

Finally I went to the doctor in one final act of desperation. I sat in his office at 1:30 and by 2:00 was admitted to the hospital. Several tests were run including scans of my abdomen. An 8mm stone was found stuck in the system, but there was another big surprise. A quite large abscess covered most of my abdominal area.

With around 25 scans, a surgeon guided a long needle through my back until it reached the mass. I had to be awake for this because if he were to hit my spine, I had to tell him if I felt a tingle anywhere. He did and I did. A tube was inserted into the abscess and attached to a pump outside my body. I won’t even begin to describe what came out over the next couple of days.

The next evening, a laser was guided to the kidney stone where it was smashed and removed. Now I’m back on a bunch of antibiotics but at least I’m home and getting stronger. I have to go back for a few more tests in the next three weeks or so, but right now, things are looking much more positive.

I’m not spending a lot of computer time just yet, so I won’t likely respond to emails. What time I do have is on catching up and doing a little promotion since I’ve been pretty much silent on that for such a long time.

I wanted to thank everyone who sent congratulations for a story sold, birthday greetings on Nov 3, and especially for those who have been praying for my recovery. It’s so true, isn’t it? We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

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