Every cloud has a silver lining - or at least a little
shine to it. Or crisis presents opportunities.
Sunday morning, spent three hours in the emergency room (2-5am)
prompted by 4 previous hours of what the medical profession
refers to as "discomfort", accompanied by nausea and a hint
of vertigo. Diagnosis - likely a kidney stone. Hard to
believe that could produce the symptoms it does - "discomfort"
is in no way an adequate descriptor of the feeling.
But the wood working related part is that they gave me a
great little plastic funnel with a very fine mesh screen
acrossed the bottom opening. Looked like an ideal finish
strainer so I asked for, and got, a couple more.
Wonder what the diagnosticians going to say after analyzing
a shellac crystal? Don't know what I'm going to do if he
prescribes a "no shellac" diet.
Put me in a room full of horse manure and I'll start digging
looking for the pony I'm sure is in there somewhere.
I had one of those about 8 years ago. I, and my friends and family, remark
about my apparent high threshold for pain.
But that lil' stone turned me into a sobbing, racking, wreck of flesh.
Never, ever had I had such pain!
I was on the road, in KC, when it hit. I took a taxi to the ER and happened
upon an ER physician who quickly ascertained the likely cause of my
discomfort, and (literally) ran for the Demerol. Turns out he had one once
and knew the pain level. God Bless that Doctor. God Bless meperidine.
I had my first kidney stone about 7 or 8 years ago. When I was in the
emergency room the Doc told me that when someone comes in there screaming
and they don't seem to be bleeding, they are usually either pregnant or have
a kidney stone. Had another one last year and required surgery to get rid
of it. I was hooked up to a morphine machine with a little button for about
24 hours. I counted down the seconds each time until it allowed another
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