Friday, January 29, 2016
The "One More Physical Malady Conquered" Story
It was an ordinary day. Sitting in the passenger's seat of our Honda CRV with a slight smile on my face, for you see, Carol and I have just exited my urologist's office after having my catheter and kidney stent removed. For perhaps the 20% of you who have had a kidney stone in the past, you know the pain and subsequent anguish that it causes. I was lucky that it wasn't as debilitating as it is for some people. I had just two painful attacks, weeks apart, before it was removed. Some were probably luckier than me and were able to pass their stone without a needed procedure. My last few days were ones of wondering if the procedure had worked which I wouldn't know until today. I must have taken close to a dozen different types of drugs during the last week. Some helped while others did no good at all. All prescriptions were for small amounts so as not to allow me to consume too many. And the receptionists and nurses at my urologist's office are saints to have put up with my constant barrage of calls over the past few days describing the "pain of the day". Well, today went smoothly. After talking with my doctor where he reiterated what took place during my procedure, his nurse practitioner removed the catheter and stent with one slight tug on it. You could tell she must have done it many times before. Instant relief was felt. Shortly the doctor returned and told me he wanted to see me in a month to do another scan and make sure everything looked as it should. The many doctors I have visited and trusted with my health in the past have all done a fantastic job. The doctor who pulled me through my latest adventure, Dr. Seiber, is an incredible and passionate doctor. He told me what he was going to do and why, and then completed the task with great skill. I only wish that all readers on this site have the same positive outlook and results that I have had in the past. The field of medicine is truly a blessing. It was another extraordinary in the life of an ordinary guy.