Friday, December 19, 2008

Crunchy, with a chewy center

So last night I ended up in the ER with a kidney stone. I get them every 4 or 5 years so it's not surprising. I was sent home to try and pass it, which is nicer than staying in a hospital and passing it there. At least at home I can snooze in my own bed. They give you the same painkillers either way, so the only other difference is the expense. That pain is almost (almost) as bad as the pain of the stone. Happily, I have insurance this time around. Unhappily it's half way through December. I will have used up our Flex Spending Account and paid my deductable and in two weeks, it resets and I will need to pay it again if I have any complications or illness. But at least we have the insurance, and I have hardly put anything on the Flex Spending Account, so it will cover almost the entire deductable. It would have rolled over... but I'm still far better off than the last time I had a stone.

As for the stone itself, it was/is a very big pain. I'm on some painkillers now so I'm not hurting, but last night was insanely bad. It hurt so bad I puked. But even in the midst of all that, I am still a smart-ass at heart. When the nurse asked me if the pain was sharp or dull, I said that it was dull all over my side and back, but the pain in the center of my side was very sharp. What I thought was "crunchy, with a chewy center."


Tara said...

Feel better Karen!

maidto5 said...

I hope you are doing better!