Appendicitis or Fun Kidney Time?

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Choices, choices. Which would you rather have, appendicitis or kidney issues? I'd rather have appendicitis. I have a 3:45 PM appointment with my internist to figure out what is going on. The pain started yesterday as a pain in the middle of my back and it went through to the middle of my abdomen. I woke up this morning with a horrendous pain in the right lower side of my back that again went through to my abdomen. I tried to sip some tea to see if that would help but it just made me nauseated. The common sense person would say "You have a stomach virus." I know what a stomach virus feels like and this is not it. I also know it's spring time, the last of the winter bugs are trying to make their appearance. But just to be on the safe side, I'm going to the doctor.

I can't eat or drink anything for now. I would kill for a promethazine but that requires me swallowing liquids. I've got a drugstore in my room but yet nothing is of use to me. I'm hanging out in the bathroom with my laptop. I've got my TV turned up loud. Regis and Kelly are talking about cars, I think there is some big auto show in New York this week? It's so funny how when you mention your kidneys might be having issues, everybody jumps in to hand over theirs. I don't think they realize the seriousness of it. If they do, they are truly awesome friends. The donor surgery and recovery time always seems to be longer than the time it takes for the person getting it. It's painful and it's a kidney. You have to think about the "What ifs?" What if your kidney goes kursplat in the future? What if you get injured and have damage to your only kidney? What happens if a certain medication chews your kidney up? What if you end up with some horrific disease that decides to chew up your kidney? You would definitely have to go on dialysis and you might even die if your renal failure is bad enough.

So yes, before you go throwing a kidney in my direction, let's rule out some stuff. First, we have to figure out if it could be a stomach virus, appendicitis, or kidney issues. Second of all, if it's a stomach virus, I just have to wait it out. If it's appendicitis it's a little slit, snip, yank, and sew and I'll be as good as new. If it's kidney related, whatever it is has to get diagnosed, then they determine if it can be treated with steroids, pain killers, immuno-suppressants, dialysis, and/or a transplant. If it's a transplant I get placed on the wonderfully long list, probably at the bottom. That's where the family/friend kidney comes into play. Plus you have to be a match, the better the match, the better of a chance it will work.

Of course I could just be crazy? But I don't go to the doctor unless I absolutely have to. I don't enjoy going and plus I don't want to drive the cost of health care up. Plus I'm feeling pain, I have a high tolerance for pain so if I'm feeling pain in the first place, it's a big deal! I stink at the pain scale thing because I never know what my pain is supposed to be. All I know is that I'm feeling it, it hurts, and pain medication ain't cutting it. I'll let y'all know how this afternoon goes! If all else fails, I'll have my sister get on and post a blog. Dangerous, very dangerous. Believe me, you'll know if it's her! She'll be talking about shoes and lip gloss.

Loverly Lupie Me


Ashley said...

I'm serious about offering up mine. :) You know how much I care about you, and would do anything I could for you, within my ability that is. Bad jokes aside, my first thought was my liver I've probably destroyed from my love of Jack. You have so much good to do in this world, and I will do anything I can do to help you accomplish that good.

Loverly Lupie Me said...

I'm serious about taking it. On my FB someone left a comment thinking it probably wasn't my kidneys. I don't know at this point. It isn't hurting as bad now. I guess that's a good thing? It really only hurts when I move around.