As the title says... it has been a while. Haven't really been doing much online as of late. Too bummed and sick to care. lol.
As most of you know I was admitted to the hospital (after having the surgery the end of March) back around the end of April. Had the stent I had in removed and another one put back in it's place. When I was admitted in April that had been my 4th ER trip. This month it's been 3 ER trips. This last Tuesday and Friday being two of them. When I went in on Tuesday I was told I had an infection. (tho it thankfully only took them ONE poke to get the I.V. this time) Given pain meds, anti-nausea meds and of course antibiotics. Was given enough pain meds to get thru a couple of days. Tho when I called my Dr's office to get a prescription written I had found out that he's not in till the following Tuesday (the 21st)...which is the day after my appointment with him. Didn't make a big fuss since I assumed that I'd just see the other Dr in the office as thats usually how it works.
Well when Friday morning came along I wasn't feeling any better... Was feeling worse in fact. So I went back into the ER since my Dr was out anyway. People are starting to know myself and my husband. Nurses recognize me. The gift shop and coffee stand guy knows my husband and asks about me whenever they see him. lol. Anyway... I.V. took 3 pokes to get. Not too bad... especially pain wise since even their failed attempts were in my arm. Getting poked in my arm doesn't really phase me. Even less so after having an I.V. in my WRIST last month... OW is all I have to say about that. Not to mention it makes it difficult using the bathroom o_O. They did a straight cath this time to collect my urine since they said there were skin cells or something in my urine (same as last time). And at this point Im thinking that if they tell me I never had an infection to begin with I'm going to flip. BUT that wasn't the case. I have an infection. They asked me about the Dr that put the current stent in. I told them who it was but that he wasnt my urologist that I saw... but that MY urologist is apparently out of the office till the day after my appointment. The ER dr called the office.. only to find out that I was taken OFF of the schedule for Monday... But before I could pitch a HUGE fit about that (they said they called but I never got any calls)... they ER Dr told me that I was now scheduled for 9 AM Monday morning to have my stent removed.
Soooooooooooooo yay!! Hopefully. I asked about the fact that when I was in the ER tuesday they said I had a stone in my ureter (where the stent happens to be lol) and that it doesnt make sense.. that theyd be able to remove the stent with a stone there. The Dr said it was fine and everything... so hopefully there are no issues.
I'm a little weary about Monday's stent removals. Since the last time I had a stent removed in the office (last year) it was encrusted with stones... and hurt like you would NOT believe. Granted THIS stent has only been in for a few weeks... but still... Im a tad nervous about Monday still.
It will be SOOOOO nice to take a long break from the repeated ER trips. Hell last year when I went thru this mess I did NOT have these issues with the stent I had in then. No infections, no pain (unless I was moving around a LOT)... This time just sucks. Hell the ER trip before these last two... They had such a hard time getting the I.V. (they'd stuck me a total of 5 times) that after the fourth time they poked me and failed the nurse I had actually suggested putting an I.V. in my FOOT. To which I said NO. My feet are sensitive to pain as it is... So unless you're giving me a pedicure, or a massage or Im unconcious or dying... you dont go near my feet with a needle. No sir. Same nurse and same ER trip.. also suggested a Picc Line. I had no clue what that was.. and he was kind of vague about it. I read up on it later when I was home. Also glad I said no to that. Basically they put small tubing in a vein that travels up the vein and into your heart. That to me just seems WAY excessive. I mean I know I've been in and out of the ER a lot...but DAMN. Anyway.. eventually a nurse who knew who I was and had been very successful with starting my I.V. came in ...and got it on the first try. (She also got it on the first try previously lol).
Anyyyyhooooo....................... I always ramble. Sorry. lol. Hopefully my ramblings made some sense. Long story short... I get this blasted stent out on Monday. (Again HOPEFULLY). Just trying hard not to get my hopes up just in case.