Ringing in 2014 in the ER

We began our New Year’s Eve with plans of driving to see a group of friends that we hadn’t spent time with in quite awhile. After the Prince was born, we pretty much stuck close to home unless he was with us. It was kind of a big deal for us to leave him and drive an hour away… even if we did leave him at our house with my mom. Turns out, it wasn’t him that we needed to worry about.

About halfway to our destination, Lord Tyrneathem started to look a bit strained and pale. I asked him what was wrong and he commented that his back was hurting. Once at the party, he just got worse. He couldn’t sit comfortably. He couldn’t lay out comfortably. He got so pale that he’d put a white sheet to shame and he was shaking from the pain. I tried massaging the area that was bothering him (lower right back) and I could feel serious tension in that area.

At some point, he admitted it was bad enough that he wanted to go the ER. Luckily, the ER was pretty bare… looked like we were the only patients getting treated at the time. The triage nurse was nice enough to let Lord Tyrneathem know that she was certain it was a kidney stone and she knew it could be quite painful because her husband actually blacked out from the pain. So encouraging!

They gave him some pain and anti-nausea medications along with fluids. It took about half an hour to all kick in, but he was feeling much better once they did. He wasn’t able to give them a urine test, but the CAT-scan revealed an obvious kidney stone. Luckily, it’s the type that will likely pass on its own. They sent him home with the meds to help it along and control his pain and nausea.

Not a great start to the new year, but it could have been worse. I hope that your new year began much better.


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