My condition has been getting gradually worse over the last week. This morning I took advantage of the fact that there were a few people extra to ask to be released from work so I could be standing on a specialists doorstep when they opened.
Thankfully, the urologist was able to work me in. Unfortunately, the result of the battery of tests was to begin prepping me for surgery. My problem has become more serious and more gross
It seems that the two 5mm stones have dug into the walls of the tubes they are stuck in and are actually blocking a goodly chunk of (but not all of) my ability to urinate. Urination is kinda important.
Now the surgery needed to fix this is going to lay me up for two weeks...which essentially means I would have to drop out of my last semester of school, and not graduate until NEXT May.
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Note, however that there is a ray of hope!
I have a UT/Kidney infection, and they need to knock that out before the surgery, additionally, I asked how long they could realistically wait for me to try to pass the stones, or at least get things flowing again and they said two weeks was the limit, but if any of a list of symptoms came to pass, particularly my eyes turning yellow, they needed to operate right away. There is at least the possibility, that if the infection is dealt with and the swelling goes down, the issue will resolve itself, though this is not terribly likely.
In the meantime, I'm taking all sorts of prescriptions, not only Cipro for the infection, but all manner of things to move the two stones. It is possible that the issue will resolve itself.
As annoying as this is, it is just that; annoying.
You see, my cousin came home from work the other day to find that her husband, two years my junior, had died from a prescription drug interaction. He left 3 children.
That sound wave thing (Lithotrypter?) not an option?
Posted by: Mauser at Thu Feb 2 00:37:58 2017 (5Ktpu)
I'm torn between sympathizing with your latest agonizing graduation roadblock and wanting the GPS coordinates of that store. That picture puts me in the mood for some "kit-bashing".
(and reminds me how much I like the artist's wrench-wench/witch/robot-girl crossovers)
Posted by: J Greely at Thu Feb 2 17:40:20 2017 (tgyIO)
I guess the semester is not advanced enough for Incompletes (if your school even does that). Where I teach, if you're passing, if you've completed x percent of the stuff (I *think* it's 50% or more), and you have a documented medical issue, you can press "pause" and then come back after you're better and the prof will let you complete the class.
But yeah. Stones in the tubes sounds no bueno and hopefully you can get a tuition refund and finish next year.
Posted by: fillyjonk at Thu Feb 2 18:18:16 2017 (gf8bV)
Mauser, I think the lithotripter only works for stones in the kidneys; once they're in the tubes it's not effective.
Also, Brickmuppet, my condolences, all of that sucks.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thu Feb 2 21:45:12 2017 (PiXy!)
That really stinks.
Have you talked to your profs and advisers? I mean, you have completed at least a degree and a half of credits, so they really ought to be getting you graduated by now. Even if they have to visit you in the hospital.
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Fri Feb 3 09:36:25 2017 (S0Svy)
Talked to the professors, but not the advisors yet. I'm feeling better (thank you antibiotics) but am also exhibiting several symptoms that I was warned about (though not involving my eyes, thankfully). It looks likely that I'll be going in to get cut, perhaps as early as next week.
J. Greely, Sadly I don't have coordinates, but I do have an actual photograph here of the interior. It appears to be like Kotobukiya was before they moved, with a whole bunch of little shops and kiosks leasing space throughout the larger store.