Friday, March 5, 2010

Expressions Explained, Part 5



In the 1700s, ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and dignified woman wore a tightly tied lace.

A proper lady is still known as "straight laced."





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I have stage 3 kidney disease, and I haven't felt good since July. My kidney function dropped down to 28%, then back up to 40%. The specialist ordered a scan and later, a MRI with contrast. Contrast is dye, and it's VERY dangerous for someone with kidney disease. (The kidneys aren't able to clean out the dye, and that sometimes requires dialysis.) However, the doctor felt it was necessary; I seem to have withstood that test.


The scan and MRI showed a blockage in my bladder, such that it only empties halfway. Urine is backing up into my right kidney, causing further damage.

That's why I had minor surgery this past Tuesday. The surgery showed the urologist that I have a kidney stone and a "thing" which could be scar tissue or tumor. He took a biopsy of the "thing," and the results should come in next Tuesday when I see him. The surgeon inserted a stent, which is SUPPOSED to open the tube to allow the urine as well the kidney stone to drain.

I am thoroughly grateful for all of your prayers, love, and support. Please continue to pray as I wait for the results of the biopsy.


38 comments:

LV said...

Sally that breaks my heart to think you are having these kind of problems. I never dreamed when you said you were having an outpatient treatment it was something like this. I feel like you are a friend I see and visit every day, so this is disturbing. Trust all the test come back great, and what they did works for you. Take care and hang in there. May the good Lord bless and keep you strong.

R.L.Scovens said...

I'm praying for you!

Becky K. said...

You've got it! You will be in my prayers. It is good you have gotten this far with all of the challenges that have been facing you...with God's help you will face whatever comes next. Praying that it is scar tissue! Gone. Done.

((Hugs))

Becky K.

♥ Kathy said...

Oh Sally :( I've been praying for you and will keep doing so.

Carol said...

Sending good wishes your way!

jlshall said...

Sally, that is such heart-breaking news, but you know we're all hoping that things go well for you from here on. I'll be sending all my best wishes and positive thoughts your way.

Andrea said...

Continuing to pray for healing!
Hugs, andrea

barbarah said...

I am so sorry about all of that! I am glad that the test and the surgery went well, and I hope you have a good, uneventful recovery and a good report back from the doctor next week. Take it easy and don't overdo!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sally, I love you and am standing with you in prayer...

XO,

Sheila

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, Sally...I had no idea. I am praying that everything turns out positive on Tuesday. Wow, you have been through the ringer. I have only one kidney so I am super careful about check ups and any suspicious symptoms I may have with it. I wouldn't make a good organ donor!! ;-)

Get well soon.

xoxo
Jane

Needled Mom said...

Praying for you Sally. I know that the waiting is always so difficult.

Shelia said...

Oh, Dear Sally! I'm so sorry to hear you're having to go through this! Want you to know I'm lifting you up in prayer right now! Thanking our dear Lord now in advance for a wonderful outcome for you!
Blessings and love ya,
shelia :(

Linda said...

Sally I am so sorry to hear of your health issues. I am praying for good news and your healing.

ellen b. said...

Sally I will be praying for you.

Knitty said...

Prayers from me as well, hugs too.

Cherie said...

Sally please forgive me that I didnt know you were going through hard times. We are dealing here also. I am thankful to read about some amount of breakthrough regarding your condition. I know that healing is a long slow process but you are strong in heart and will be up in spirits in no time at all. Much love to you. I have one other thought, when that lady in the picture took off her clothes, what on earth did her body look like? Odd. lol

Regina said...

Love and prayers!

Regards Sally.

Judi said...

Hi Sally
Oh my I didn't know you were having health problems. I'm so sorry about that. I hope that your news will all be good news and I will think very positively about that and keep you in my prayers. *hugs*
I hope you are feeling better today...I've missed you.
Judi

Sassy said...

I haven't been on your blog in so so long and I happened to be roaming around today and I can't tell you how very sad I am to hear that you are having struggles.....I am just so sorry.....I will keep you in my prayers....

Matty said...

Oh dang. I get kidney stones and I've had a few stents. Not fun. I hope you are doing well.

thestonerabbit said...

I'm sending a BIG hug, across cyber-space to YOU! L, Dana

Diane at Crafty Passions said...

Waiting is the hardest thing to do... I am so sorry Sally that you have to endure this.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Diane

artis1111 said...

I can feel your pain. I had kidney stones before. Hubby has them too. A customer in the shop is going through the same thing you are.Nothing but the best goes out to you. Kathy

Mevely317 said...

Whoa ...that certainly was the "scary blue room" you mentioned on Monday ... I had no idea! Thank you for sharing this with us, and know I'm holding you in my prayers.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My Goodness Sally... .I am SO sorry to hear this. I hope they can find the problem and correct it for you. Hopefully the 'thing' is just that --a 'thing' --and they can get it... I will keep you in my prayers... Keep us posted please.
Hugs,
Betsy

Susan B said...

Dear Sally,
So sorry to hear of your health issues. I will continue to pray for you. God bless you...

Sewconsult said...

Prayers are being said! As someone who has dealt with bladder issues for the past 57 yrs (I'm 59) I understand much of your problems. Hugs to you. Keep smiling.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Praying for you, Sally.

Blessings,
Sandi

meandering pearl said...

oh dear, this is heartbreaking!!! many prayers & lots of loveliness for you!!!

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Sally, I've been away from blogging regularly and am so sorry to read what you are going through. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Cindy said...

I will definitely pray. When I was a tot, my ureters were blocked and backing up urine into my kidneys, which were rotting out.

Miss. Clippy said...

You'll be in my prayers, Sally!

Cindy said...

Oh dear! Just now read this and I can't tell you how sorry I am that you are going through this. I am praying for you and God is good.
Blessings,
Cindy

Monkey Mommy said...

Oh, My it sounds like you have been through alot I will keep you in my prayers for good health and good results at the doctors.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Sally,
I just now read this post and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I too had what they thought was a kidney stone and my "thing" turned out to be a tumor instead. It was in my right ureter which is the tube from the kidney to the bladder. They were able to laser it out even though I signed the surgical consent for a possible removal of my kidney in case they could not. It was Grade I Squamous cell carcinoma but fully encapsulated meaning no spread to anywhere. I needed no chemo or radiation and had to go for a cystoscope every 3 months then every 6 months and now every year. That was almost 5 years ago and I am still cancer free. I pray yours is benign but should it not be, I am an example that it is not the end of the world and things will work out. I am grateful every day for the gift of time that I have been given.
Hugs,
Debbie

Cathy said...

Oh, Sweetie, I did not know you were going through all this! I'm praying for God's healing touch. Love and Hugs ~

Self Sagacity said...

I am sorry to hear what you're going through, this isn't easy. And you sure are doing a great job keeping up with your blog and keeping us in the loop. Thanks for being you.

Nishant said...

! You will be in my prayers. It is good you have gotten this far with all of the challenges that have been facing you...with God's help you will face whatever comes next. Praying that it is scar tissue!
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