Monday, March 29, 2010

2nd attempt to remove my kidney stone

Top Ten Reasons I Deserve The Last Cupcake

10.  Wednesday:  Went into Virginia Mason for a "in and out" procedure involving a nasty kidney stone.  Procedure does not go well.  They can't get to the kidney stone because it's too far in and actually inside a "pocket".  So, surgery was a bust.  The next option would be to open me up and take it out.  I don't like this idea but I will see how I feel in the fall.

9.  I wake up to bladder spasms, which is basically like causing acid reflux with your kidney (urine going back into the kidney).  I wish this on NO ONE.  It's insanely painful.  I'm crying like a baby.  They get me to my own room and medicate the crap out of me.  I have a temperature of 102.  Didn't have a BM (bowel movement that day).  I stay the night.

8.  Thursday:   Mom flies down to be with me.  She arrives and shortly after I begin to feel the same pain I felt after the surgery, but it's like 10 x's worse.  I'm crying, moaning, holding onto the nurses hand and screaming "WHERE IS THE DOCTOR?!"   They gave me pain medicine through a pill form (which would take 20-30 minutes before I felt relief).  40 minutes pass of excruciating pain when the doctor finally arrives allowing me to have morphine put in my IV.  Within a minute I don't feel anything.  Imagine being in labor for 40 minutes with no breaks and not even getting a baby!  This is how it felt (or I would think it would feel!)  I still have a high temp, and no BM.  I stay another night.

7.  Past ex boyfriend with mental illness comes to visit me.  Wasn't too stressful at the moment but caused a little unneeded stress.  (Very bizarre story).

6.  Friday:  I have a migraine.  First migraine ever.  Out all day... no noise, no light, no nothing.  Food starts to taste bad.  Saliva in my mouth tastes like metal and I have severe cotton mouth.  I hate Oxybutynin (meds to help bladder spasms, so I guess I don't hate them that bad).  Still no BM.  I stay another night.  

5.  Past ex comes to visit again, whispering things in my ear about how great I am and that we should be friends.  Buys me a little girl butterfly necklace that you would give a 6 year old.  Um, helllooo, a little weird, and I'm a little preoccupied with a migraine, among other pains, right now.... GO AWAY!

4.  Saturday:  Mom goes home to shower, as she has been staying at my bed side day in and night, and is gone for a few hours.  I am feeling not too bad but look down at my feet and see that my heals are purple and so are my toes.  Weird.  I look at my fingers and they are purple and start to tingle.  I page the nurse, who then goes to get a heating blanket.  When she comes back, I am having severe shivers, also know as rigors.  Basically my body was fighting an infection and went into stress mode moving all the blood to my major organs.  I shivered.. hmm...i hate to say the word shiver, more like a seizure for 10-15 minutes.  In that time, Sue, the awesome nurse she is, got an emergency crew in my room.  It felt like Grey's anatomy.  I looked up and there was George, Izzy, Meredith, and Christina putting oxygen on me, injecting stuff in my one IV, adding another IV, and trying to calm me down.  This was probably the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.  My fingers and toes got their color back and I was okay.

3.  I had to give blood samples and urine samples to test for infections  They put me on an antibiotic even though they weren't sure what infection I had, but rigors is usually caused by infections.  Still no BM after 4 days and I stay another night.

2.  Sunday was told I have e coli in my urine.  I am feeling better already but then turn to feeling crummy by mid day.  Fever is down though and I had my first bowl after multiple suppositories and laxatives.  YUCK!

and the number 1 reason why I deserve the last cupcake, after all of this, going through rigors, bladder spasms, fevers, vomiting, constipation, bad taste, 10 lbs lost, etc etc....... lovely Aunt Flo came to visit me.

The end.

Mom helping me out!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Building a story.

The book research trip was eventful and successful.  First stop was Vegas, where I interviewed my dad's mother, Sandy, and her family.  Here is the breakdown of the family members:  Sandy is my dad's biological mother, Cori is Sandy's daughter, Bill is Sandy's husband, Sid is Sandy's sister, Bob is Sid's husband, and Gayla is Bob and Sid's daughter.  I interviewed Grandma Sandy on Tuesday for almost 5 hours.  It went really well.  It's so hard to ask her questions that I know must be hard for her to answer.  She gave her son to my grandparents and that is a huge decision that could not have been made lightly.  I'm not going to share much on the details, as that is being saved for the book..... you're just gonna have to wait (and it might be a long wait!!!)  I also interviewed Sid and she is a "kick in the pants!"  Cori and Gayla were just as awesome!  Two of the most coolest ladies, so smart, and cultured.  I loved listening to their stories growing up as we sipped on margaritas and talked over dinner!  Here are some pictures I took.
Aunt Cori and Cousin Gayla
Cori and I at Sid's house
I always wondered where I got my beauty, and now you know!  Don't you think we look alike?!

I left Vegas on Wednesday, after a shopping spree at Charlotte Russe and a rental car flat tire, I made it safely to Salt Lake City where I spent two short nights with Rosie!  We had a good Thursday together, hiking in the snow, a movie, Mexican dinner and then off to Boise!! 

Miss Rosie in the mountains in Utah!
 Dad and I went snowmobiling one of the days up on the mountains.  My first time ever.. I know, I know, I am from Alaska and never have been snowmobiling, but we never owned one!  When we left the mountains, Dad's trailer that towed the snowmobiles, got a flat.  This was just the week for me and flat tires!!

I am heading to Alaska shortly, but will know exactly when once I schedule my second kidney stone surgery. Yep, that's right!!  The first one crushed the stones but now they are stuck in a little "pouch" and causing me a lot of pain!!  Ugh!  Hopefully the second time around will be just as funny as the first!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Back in Seattle

Our last few nights in Mexico were great.  Saturday night Marcos and I went to the Lovely Bones and then off to find the bar that had swings for seats.  We walked all the way down 5th avenue but couldn't find it.  So then we walked all the way back, and still couldn't find it.  We were about to give up and just go home, but it was really bugging us as we had seen it all month.  Did the bar just disappear?   So then we walked up and down the streets by 5th avenue.  We asked directions 4 different times and got 4 very different answers.  Two hours later, we finally found it on 5th toward the end... geez!!!  How did we miss it?!

Marcos and I on our swings
The name of the bar.
Margarita and Pina Colada! mmmmmm

Our last night in Playa, Marcos and I went out to dinner.  Nothing fancy, just some good Mexican food.  Our last day we spent playing volleyball with some local Mexicans on the beach.  It was the first day we saw Playa with no clouds, go figure, the day before we leave!! 
I bought a piece of art on 5th avenue.  I had been admiring this guys work the entire month and finally caved in.  He does it with air through straws.  His work just amazed me.  I bought this specific one was because it has the city in the horizon and then a tree/nature on the left.  My life in a way, as I live in Seattle and Alaska... city versus the outdoors.
You can see a man sitting by the tree with a small pit fire.
Overall the trip was a awesome!!  We all left on Monday, but poor Marcos missed his connection in Philly and had to leave 24 hours later.  Poor guy is still in the air on his way to Spain as I type this.  He won't even get to Cadiz until Thursday!!  
Next trip is research for the book.  I leave on Monday!!  It feels good to be back home!  It will be a busy month for me for sure!