Drink lots of Water

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    Jun 22, 2008 7:04 AM GMT
    Three days ago my father started pounding on my door at 2AM, yelling that he was dying. Half asleep, I sped him to the ER. After two blown stop signs, one clutch, screaming, untold amounts of dilaudid, 8 hours in a sadistic little plastic chair and one CT scan later they concluded that the issue was a 4mm kidney stone at the mouth of his bladder, it was ready to drop in. 4mm was ok they said, it would pass, 6 and 7mm would require surgery. He was admitted.

    That was day 1, day 2 comprised of "The stone dropped.", ineffective dilauded dosages (4mg) and another trip to the ER; he was admitted.

    Day 3: They put him on a regimen of 4mg of dilaudid every 6 hours and a schedule for outpatient demerol every day. That lasted five hours before he went back to the ER. "Oop's that stone is 9mm, not 4mm." He's in the ambulance on the way to Tucson for an eventual surgery.

    For years I've been drinking four or more 32oz glasses of water each day, and I sure as hell ain't gonna stop! I've seen enough vomitting, screaming, moaning and pacing.

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    Jun 22, 2008 7:08 AM GMT
    Kidney stones. A lot of my friends are nurses, they describe operating on a patient with kidney stones. They said it looked remarkably like coral. Ouch.

    What's with the oops? icon_eek.gif

    Hope your father's gonna be alright. icon_confused.gif

    I drink lots of water everyday anyhow.
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    Jun 22, 2008 7:44 AM GMT
    They said it was 4mm, and that it would pass. It turned out to be an unpassable 9mm stone. Someone misread the CT scan.
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    Jun 22, 2008 7:50 AM GMT
    Buckwheet saidThey said it was 4mm, and that it would pass. It turned out to be an unpassable 9mm stone. Someone misread the CT scan.


    Yeah I know. But errors like this in modern hospitals?... icon_eek.gif man...
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    Jun 22, 2008 11:34 AM GMT
    The size of the kidney stone could have easily been misread based on the angle it was in the scan. It doesn't excuse the error, but there's definitely a possibility of error not attributed to new technology.

    The development of kidney stones have genetic predisposition that can be associated with them as well as diet. My brother had them and had to change his diet for it. I've been lucky, since I don't eat all the junk and drink soda the way he did. His diet is still terrible but he doesn't eat the foods that can cause the stones to come back. He also doesn't drink water at all.

    I've been checked and because I don't eat the way he does and I drink a lot of water, I've been clear of any stones.
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    Jun 22, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
    I had one about a year ago. One of the most painful experiences of my life. Unfortunately I thought I had a twisted testicle and attributed that pain to it. Only until I passed the damn stone did it occur to me what was happening. Ouch! Glad your dad is ok.
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    Jun 22, 2008 4:21 PM GMT
    Wow - amazing story.....thanks for sharing it. Glad your Dad is better. This is a great reminder to all of us to skip junk and sodas and just down that water. For me, water is boring, so I've gotta say - I add grapefruit and lime juice to my water - and that helps me drink much more of it.
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    Jun 22, 2008 4:26 PM GMT

    OUCH!! Excuse me, I need something.
    ....................................glass of water