If you are a regular reader of this blog, first of all, thanks. I hope you’re enjoying it. At the very beginning, I said that I was going to try to update it daily. I was doing pretty well until, as I’m sure you’ve noticed being the regular reader that you are, that things dropped off after Sunday. As Ricky Ricardo often said, “You’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do, Loo-See!”
Monday started off like every other Monday at work. After lunch, I was working at my desk when I started to notice a pain in my lower back. It progressively got worse and worse, and anxiety started to overcome me. You see, I was already diagnosing my problem, and I knew from experience that it was going to be a rough week…for I am one of 1.3 million Americans who will seek treatment from kidney stones this year.
I experienced my first kidney stone in 2003. It was a Thursday night, the eve of my birthday. I was really excited that I was having a Friday birthday, and a party had already been planned. The stone attacked about 8:30 pm. It was a pain like I had never experienced before. The kind of pain that is so bad it makes you throw up…and I did once I got to the hospital. I spent most of the night in the ER getting pumped up on morphine, and they sent me home with simple instructions: drink a lot of water and try to pass it. Take these drugs to help with the pain.
Needless to say, there was no party on Friday night, and I immediately voted it the suckiest birthday on record.
Well, that episode ended with me being checked into the hospital on Saturday morning and having surgery on Monday morning to have the stone removed. It was unpleasant, to say the least. So this time, when I felt that pain, I knew what I was in for. I went to the ER Monday afternoon, had an appointment with a specialist Tuesday morning, and had surgery Wednesday morning. This time, a stent was installed on top of everything else. It was removed this morning (Monday) and even though it’s been really uncomfortable for the past week, I’m feeling pretty good right now.
So that’s basically my story. I can’t really think of anything funny to say about kidney stones, because they are very painful, and I don’t wish them on anyone. I could shove a bunch of facts at you about kidney stones, but there is a ton of information about them on the net. So instead, I’ll share with you something much more pleasant: a clip from my favorite Flintstones episode. I LOVE the Flintstones…much more than kidney stones. They’re a modern stone-age family from the town of Bedrock. Being the 60’s music fan that I am, I always refer to the time that the Beau Brummels appeared on the Flintstones as the “Beau-Brummelstones” as my favorite episode. They do a whole take-off on the 60’s music show “Shindig” complete with host, Jimmy O’Neilstone! The band performs its hit “Laugh Laugh”, but for some reason, they have the lead guitarist (Ron Elliott) singing it instead of lead singer Sal Valentino. In my book that I’m working on right now, I talk to Sal Valentino about their appearance on the Flintstones. He says he has no idea how that whole thing came about, and since they didn’t have a speaking part, they didn’t even know about it until after it was aired.
Here’s the link on youtube…enjoy!