Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Crappiest Date Night Ever

Ever so often my mom offers to take the kids overnight so Steven and I can have an extended date night.  It is wonderful!  This past Friday was our date night.  The kids were so excited for their slumber party at Grammy's and we were excited for a 100% adult evening complete with sleeping in the next morning.

Earlier in the day I kept to my usual routine. I dropped Little Man and his bud off at school, went to the grocery store, got milk, and came home to work on numbers and colors with Little Miss and Chunky Monkey.  Mason came home from school, we had lunch, and took naps.  For some reason I decided to lay down and cuddle with Little Man, and about an hour into the nap I noticed an uncomfortable pain in my left side.

I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, so I wasn't worried.  Thirty minutes later, I could barely stand.  An hour after the onset of pain, I was puking my guts out.  Thankfully, my wonderful sister-in-law (Chunky Monkey's mom) was able to rush over from work.  I got ahold of Steven and we were on our way to the ER.

To make a long story short, I was admitted into Labor and Delivery for 3-4 hours, dismissed, sent down to ER for another 4-5 hours, all to find out I had some of these...

The dreaded kidney stone.  Actually, the ER doctor thinks it's kidney stones since he didn't see me until after I passed them.  Well, I think that's what I passed since there was not a strainer available to me and I was NOT going to stick my hand down a hospital toliet.  

I believe there's been a debate over the pain associated with labor and the pain associated with kidney stones.  Which is worse?  I can now attest that kidney stones are much worse.  Ladies, imagine your worst contraction without meds and never getting a break for 8 hours straight.  Hideous, hideous pain.

The good news.  I survived.  The bad news, I've been enlightened about how kidney stones can occur.  At first I was baffled.  I drink mainly water and milk.  Maybe one caffeine free non-water/milk beverage every other week.  Obviously it's not the lack of water that contributed to mine.  What could have been was the spinach (a huge offender), peanut butter, whole wheat toast, kale (another huge offender), green bell peppers, and green beans.  I would have never guessed that foods that are supposed to work for your body can work against it. 

Another cause for me could also be holding my pee.   All you preggo girls know frequent urination is slightly annoying, especially at night.  I now know that the annoyannce is better than the stones.  I'm hoping and praying to stay away from those bad boys.

All in all, I'm all better and our baby is just fine.  That is all that matters.  I hear I'm pretty lucky passing the little boogers within eight hours.  I can't imagine lasting any longer without some kind of drugs. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this info as so much of the time people have the misconception that kidney stones are cause by too much caffine, and thats simply not the case as I too have dealt with the horrible pain of a kidney stone. It surprised me too that some of the foods we think to be healthy can actually do this! I'm so glad your feeling better! -Dana