Jul 26, 2012 - 9:28 am
At first I thought June 18th was going to be a typical day off. But when I got out of bed to go to the bathroom I realized something was very wrong. I had blood in my urine. I decided it was time to make a doctors appointment, but the earliest I could get in was the next afternoon. As the day progressed, the more miserable I became. The blood continued and by that evening I could not urinate at all. I finally decided I could not wait until the next day and asked my husband to take me to the emergency clinic.
When I arrived, my blood pressure was sky high and I still could not urinate. They took blood and inserted a catheter. It was such a relief when the pressure of a full bladder subsided. The doctor decided to do a CT scan to look for kidney stones. There was no evidence of kidney stones and the doctor was concerned about my symptoms. He called a Urologist and was told to do another CT scan, but this time to use the glow in the dark stuff. I agreed to go through another CT scan. Afterward, I was sent home with the catheter still in place and told to contact the Urologist office the next day to verify I had an appointment. Needless to say, I didn't sleep well. The catheter was uncomfortable.
The next day, as I waited for the Urologist office to open, I received a phone call from one of the emergency room doctors. He asked how I was feeling and then stressed the importance of following through the Urologist appointment. He went on to say that I had a mass on my right kidney and I should act immediately. Then he added the strangest comment... He said, "Don't worry... you live in America."
I was reeling from the news and was on the phone as soon as the Urologist office opened. I verified my appointment for that afternoon. When I arrived at his office, I was ushered into a small conference room where he gave me an anatomy lesson and told me that there was a 90% chance the mass on my kidney was cancer. He wanted to order an MRI and chest Xray so he could look a little closer. Then he said that he wanted to do a bladder scope. I was taken into a cold room and placed on a narrow table. If you have never had a bladder scope... oh boy...
Anyway, he found the cause of the blood. I had a blood clot in my bladder. He broke it apart and after awhile I was able to pass it and finally I was able to urinate without struggle.
Blood tests were done, MRI and chest Xray were ordered and I left the Urologist office with my new diagnosis.
A week later I had the MRI and chest Xray. Then I returned to the Urologist for a follow-up bladder scope (he found a lesion the first time around and wanted to make sure it was gone). Thankfully, it was not there anymore. He felt it was caused by the catheter that the emergency clinic had inserted.
The MRI showed that I have a 4.7 cm mass on my right kidney. It appears that it is stationary to the kidney. My chest Xray was clear.
Doctor said that the next stop would be at the cardiologist to get cardiac clearance. This took several weeks. I was placed on blood pressure meds and had an echo-sonogram done. My heart is fine. My blood pressure is responding to the meds.
Surgery has been scheduled for August 20th where they will do a radical nephrectomy. I would be lying if I said I wasn't scared and I look forward to being on the other side of this whole thing.
Anyway... thanks for listening. I would love to hear from anyone who has good info that will help me prepare for before/after surgery. Thanks in advance. Have a blessed day.