Dec 19, 2011 - 2:48 pm
Wife and I were having a stay-cation at a local motel on 12/4/11. We were just relaxing and enjoying the hotel amenities. We spent some time in the hot tub and I had the jets pounding my lower back. A few hours later I had blood in my urine. I freaked out a bit,but remembered that had happened once as a child when I had a bladder infection. The wife and I started looking on the internet and thought infection or stones. A few hours later the nauseating pain in the lower back came on. We decided to go to the ER. They were sure it was stones but had a ct scan to be sure. We were devastated when the Dr. came in and told us she was sorry but it was a mass, most likely RCC. Luckily, there was a urologist there on call and he confirmed the diagnosis and got me in to see him two days later. The wait was an eternity. The Dr described the mass as approximately 3.5x4.5 centered in my left kidney. Because of the location, the entire kidney has to be removed. He said I was very lucky that it bleed at this size. I say God sent me to that hot tub to have the jets pound my back. The passing of the clots caused me a lot of pain for a few days but I have been fine since. I am scheduled for surgery 1/17/12. I just want to get it over with. I have been ok most days but last night was wide awake with fear and anxiety. I am 47, never smoked, try to eat well and keep in shape. My first grandchild was born in August, I want to be around for her for her and the rest of my family for a long time. Finding the blog was a blessing, with all the positive attitudes, information, and nice people willing to help and pray for all. Can't say I wanted to join this club but I appreciate that I have a lot of good people with me as club members.