Friday, April 20, 2012

Kidney Stone Fun

I was told for a year that I had a kidney stone.  Last Friday morning, while I was getting a CT of my sinuses, I started to feel nausea and then pain in my lower right back.  Aleve didn't help.  Mom took me to the ER that afternoon, and I spent 5 hours there.  I was told my kidney stone was 8 mm and above my kidney and I would not be able to pass it.  They gave me a name and a number of an urologist. 

    I went to the store on Saturday morning, and haven't driven since.  I was in pain. I called off sick for Monday and Tuesday.  I saw the urologist Tuesday afternoon, and he said I needed surgery, they would try to get me in as soon as possible and would call me the next day.  Mom took me up to school after my doctor's appointment.  Dad took me to school the next day and picked me up.  Got an x-ray that evening.

  The doctor's office called me Wednesday morning, and told me  I was scheduled for surgery on Thursday, the next day, at Western Reserve Hospital for 2:30 pm. I had to be there by 12:30 pm.  I had to have an x-ray before the surgery to see where the stone was.  The machine the doctor used rotates on a daily basis from hospital to hospital.  So which hospital had the earliest opening with that machine, they got me in.  It could've been up to a two week wait.  This machine is placed up to the body and a shock wave is sent through the body to break up the stone. This makes the stone easier to pass.  I was home by 6 pm last night.  I was groggy most of the night.

  I stayed home today.  I seemed a little out of it still this morning.  I got all of my grading done that I brought home on Wednesday.  My throat hurts.  My voice is still bad, and has been for over two weeks.  I lost half of it with this last sinus infection.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Too Many Doctors

I am forty years old, and I have way too many doctors.  I have more doctors than my mom has.
1. personal doctor
2. chiropractor
3. eye doctor
4. dentist
5. dermatologist
6. oncologist
7. lung doctor
8.ears, nose, & throat
9. urologist

Numbers 8 and 9 are the newest ones.  I saw two different surgeons last year.

At 40, I should not have these many doctors.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Kidney Stone Fun

   I have been told three times over the past year, by my onc, that I had a kidney stone.   I have had no problems during this past year.  This morning,  I had to get a CT of my sinuses, during that CT,  I started to feel nauseous, and when I got up, I had  pain in my back.  I took some Aleve and still went to work out.  Came home, and my pain got worse. Around 2 pm, mom and I left for the ER.  We were there for a good five hours.  I had to have a CT of my abdomen,  and blood work. 

   My kidney stone has moved and is now just below my kidney, and the stone is 8 mm in size.  The doctor doesn't think I will pass it.  I was given three prescriptions and a phone number for a urologist, that I have to call on Monday morning to schedule an appointment. 

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jesus Calling-April 12

Here is today's devotional from "Jesus Calling" by Sarah Young.

       "Trusting Me is a moment-by-moment choice.   My people have not always understood this truth.  After I performed miracles in the wilderness, My chosen children trusted Me intensely--but only temporarily.  Soon the grumbling began again, testing My patience to the utmost.

       Isn't it often the same way with you?  You trust Me when things go well, when you see Me working on your behalf.  This type of trust flows readily within you, requiring no exertion of your will.  When things go wrong, your trust-flow slows down and solidifies.  You are forced to choose between trusting Me intentionally or rebelling: resenting My ways with you.  This choice constitutes a fork in the road.  Stay on the path of life with Me, enjoying My Presence.  Choose to trust Me in all circumstances."

                                     Exodus 15:22-25; Psalms 31:14

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Here are some dissection pictures from last month.  My students did both an owl pellet and a worm.

ENT-First Visit

  I saw the ENT (ears, nose and throat doctor) this afternoon. I wasn't with him for long.  Sounds like my throat and sinuses don't look as bad as they did last week.  He did asked if I still had my tonsils, which I do.  I will be getting an X-Ray of my sinuses later this week, and will see him again on the 23rd at 4 pm.  He said he doesn't think I should have to have the surgery again.  Yeah!!!  Cause if I do, I will see about getting it done right after school gets out.  The doctor did call in 3 prescriptions, yes 3.   I will finish my antibiotic tomorrow night.  I now have a Zpack, Singular and another drug. 

   This sinus infection has gotten into my voice, still blowing my nose and still coughing quite a bit, especially during the day. 

   After taking three weeks off, have gotten back to working out again at Curves.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Opening Day-2012

  Today was Opening Day and Season Opener all wrapped into one!  First pitch was at 3:05 pm, and I was still at school.  When I left it was bottom of the second.  The Indians batted around in the 2nd and scored 4 runs.  Shelly Duncan got the first hit of the season.  Justin Masterson got the nod to pitch in the first game of the season.  By the end of the 2nd, the score was 4-0.  By the time I got home, the score was 4-1.

   After eight innings, the score was 4-1, and Justin had gotten 10 strikeouts.  Sat down for supper at the top the 9th inning, with the closer, Chris Perez, coming out to pitch.  I, personally, thought that Justin should've been allowed to pitch the 9th and get to throw a complete game. After supper, dad, looked at the tv, and said the score was 4-4, in the 10th inning.  Chris Perez blew the save.  At this writing, the game is tied at 4-4 with the game in the 12th inning.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

This week's doctor's appointments

While I was in Indy last week,  I got a sore throat, and while driving home on Sunday, I felt it go into my sinuses.  That means I have my fourth sinus infection since December.  Basically, we had a TX winter, and the winter did a number on my sinuses.  I went to school on Monday, and by the end of the day, felt miserable.  I called and made an appointment to see my doctor yesterday.  I am  on an antibiotic now.  She gave me a name of an ENT (ears, nose, & throat doctor) that she wants me to see.  I called and will see him next Wednesday, during my spring break.

Monday afternoon, I had an appointment with my lung doctor.  He is taking me off the inhaler he put me on last May.  He said, that I do have Sarcoid.  I will have another breathing test in October and will see him the next week.


March 28-April 1 were the dates for this year's NSTA's national conference.  The conference was in Indianapolis, IN.  I heard Bill Nye speak.  At the beginning of his lecture, he asked, how many classrooms was he teaching that day?  Probably more than  half of the hands of people in the room went up in the air.  He is hilarious.  After his lecture, he stayed around for people to have their picture taken with him.  I had my pic taken with him.

I visited the exhibit hall, and talked to a lot of people from small companies, to textbook companies, to museums.  I bought stuff, got things for free.  I went to about 10-12 workshops over three days.  Most of them were very good.  I got a lot of info.  I spent Friday afternoon, at the Indianapolis zoo.  I took a lot of pics at the zoo, and saw a dolphin show.

Saturday evening, I spent time with my seventh grade teacher.  I hadn't seen her since August 1994, a couple of weeks before I started my student teaching.  It was good to see her.