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."
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.