Thursday, May 21, 2009


Rick, my husband, had surgery today. He is doing and feeling well. The surgery went as planned with no complications. I truly thank God.

I wrote about Rick's diagnosis of a kidney stone a few days back. It is turning out to be more than just a kidney stone....if you can say just in that sentence. He had a narrowing in one of his ureters (the tube leading from the kidney to the bladder). His surgery today was to place a stent in that tube to help to hold it open. The kidney stone is a bit above the stent. The physician is not sure if the stone will pass on its own- further testing and procedures will be in the future.

The biggest worry that I have is the abnormal blood work that has been collected. Rick's lab work suggests that he could be in renal failure. His physician suggested that the issue may totally clear up now that Rick has the stent in place. I am really praying for that. My husband is a very healthy and active individual. A diagnosis such as renal failure would completely devastate him and our family (understandably). Any age it seems a shame to be given such a diagnosis. But surely, 40 seems way too young for renal failure in an otherwise healthy-living individual.

Rick is being kept an inpatient until lab work is done in the morning. At that time, his urologist will make a decision and consult a nephrologist (kidney specialist) if needed.

Like I said before, when it rains it pours.

1 comment:

Mom Mayhem says: said...

Yikes! I also pray for a speedy recovery. I hope the stent works!