Hi all . . . Teri Wellbrock here just to wish you a blessed week! I had emergency kidney stone surgery on Sunday and am home resting. I will have the ureter stent removed this coming Monday.
My social media post about it prior to surgery:
At this point it’s laughable. I’m trying to keep a sense of humor about it all.
Saturday August 20th, after grilling our family a delicious dinner, I started experiencing severe abdominal pain. We chalked it up to nerves over upcoming solo traveling. Within a few hours I was in such excruciating pain that I was nauseous, shaking with chills, and sobbing. My family convinced me to go to the ER around 11:30 PM as we thought I might be having a kidney stone issue as my left back pain was unbearable.
Hilton Head Hospital had a CT scan done and the tech said to me, “Can you come back here? I want you to see this.” As she pointed to my kidneys, I noticed the large blob on my left kidney image. She went on, “That’s a kidney stone. And it’s huge. You are one strong, lady.”
The doctor then drew me a picture and explained a kidney stone of size 5 is the largest passable stone. Mine is a 13! They gave me a pain cocktail and I passed out.
Soon after they strapped me to a gurney, stuck me in an ambulance and shipped me off to Coastal Carolina hospital. I’m now here waiting to go into surgery. It’s non-invasive. They’ll be conducting Lithotripsy which treats kidney stones by sending focused ultrasonic energy or shock waves directly to the stone. Then possibly putting in a stent to allow passage of the remnants.
Goodness! I’m ready to get off this crazy health crisis ride!”
Photos: ER doctor’s drawing of my kidney stone blocking my ureter, before surgery, after surgery
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