May 16, 2012 - 12:05 pm
Wow, reading garym story and others makes me realize that through it all, we are pretty darn lucky. I had a kidney stone, which normally ain't considered a lot of fun. I was in another town working and went to the ER. They did a scan, said yep, it's a kidney stone, here is a Rx for pain. Go home and go see your urologist if it doesn't pass in a day or two.
When it didn't pass I went to the urologist, which I would not have done if I had passed it. He said not to worry it could take up to a week, but he wanted the hospital info so he could call and get my file, just a precaution.
When I called him and told him it had passed, he told me to come back in to talk. He said in my file from the other hospital ER they had noted a shadow or mass that needed checking out. they did other scans etc. and turned out to be a tumor the size of a golf ball right in the middle of my kidney. If I hadn't had the stone, if I had passed it before going to the doctor, or if the doctor hadn't gotten my file from the other hospital, well, not good. Lucky is all you can say.