Saturday, August 9, 2008

It Just Keeps Getting Better

I knew it was too good to be true. I knew that this whole kidney stone business wasn't over.

Last week we got the news that one of Vern's tests had come back with abnormal results so they were referring him to a specialist. We have an appointment next week to deal with that issue.

If that wasn't bad enough, yesterday Vern got a call from his doctor who wants him to go back to the hospital for yet ANOTHER x-ray. The last CT scan showed a dense area from his kidney out through his back, roughly following the path of where the nephrostomy tube had been. This is the tube that they had so much trouble getting placed because of the size of his stone. And this is also the tube that, once in, was left in place for a couple of months.

Now it seems that there is an issue related to that tube. The area of denseness could simply be calcification because of the length of time that the tube was left in place. However, it could also be a trail of stone fragments that dumped out of the tube when it was removed. Ironically, it could also be part of the tube left behind.

I cannot believe that I am writing about this damn stone again. It's time to move the book about this whole ordeal from the "medical mystery" to the "medical horror" section of my bookshelf.