I Spent the Weekend With a Kidney Stone and Non-Stop VomitingDevan McGuinness
When my husband and I were making one of many pro/con lists trying to decide if we should have another baby, there were a lot of things in the pro list. We had some things we wanted to take care of first and then when we were ready, we had infertility to manage and now that I am pregnant, I experienced one of the big cons on that list we’d made months and months earlier.
I make them — quite a lot of them when I am pregnant actually. I have had different types of stones from both kidneys and over my three full-term pregnancies, I have passed a total of 19. I have had surgery, pain medications, a stent, diet changes, extra water intake, and never-fail I get kidney stones throughout the entire pregnancy.
If you’ve ever had one, you will understand when I say it’s a pain that can’t be described. I have a very high pain tolerance and these little stones still have me cursing in pain and looking for relief. This past weekend, the inevitable struck and I was down with a kidney stone.
I have been trying to manage some pretty intense nausea and vomiting, even though I’m on the highest dose of anti-nausea medication I can take, there are times where it still gets the best of me. And this goes hand in hand with dehydration and then, of course, kidney stones start a-moving and I am out for the count.
I had been feeling like there was a stone or two in my left kidney for a while and I knew that as long as I could stay hydrated, it would be okay. The dehydration came on quickly from the “morning sickness” and on Friday I spiked a fever and the left side of my body felt like it was trying to remove itself from the rest of me. The normal nausea and vomiting that I’ve experienced during this pregnancy was elevated thanks to the intense pain of trying to pass the stone, making it harder to combat the dehydration while the stone was moving.
I spend the weekend in pain, worried about taking any pain medication stronger than Tylenol since the baby is still in those crucial growing points. It’s never happened this early on and if this is a taste of things to come, I’m going to have to keep well stocked in water and ice packs for the next 9 months.
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