It was about 6:30 early in the morning today when I and my husband woke up to be ready in going to BryanLGH Medical Center East. Today is his appointment for IVP test.
To give you an idea (from radiologyinfor.org), intravenous pyelogram (IVP) is an x-ray examination of the kidneys, ureters and urinary bladders that uses iodinated contrast material injected into veins. An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. When a contrast material is injected into a vein in the patient's arm, it travels through the blood stream and collects in the kidneys and urinary tract, turning these areas bright white. An IVP allows the radiologist to view and assess the anatomy and function of the kidneys, ureters and the bladder.
That was exactly the examination they did today to my husband. I wish we have the result already but it will take 2 or 3 days more before they can have the conclusion. I am glad that my husband is not experiencing pain anymore. It is difficult to see him discomfort and distress.
More than two weeks had past from the first occurence of the pain. It happened early morning the 26th day of October when we rushed him to BrynLGH Medical Center-East. I can't help but to cry seeing him in excruciating pain. Upon arrival at the emergency room and after some questionings, they gave him pain reliever. That was just the only time I was able to breath normally again when the sensation of physical discomfort started to go down. After some medical examination like the CT Scan (CT Renal CALC without Contrast), they found out that the sharp cramping pain and nausea was due to a small stone which has formed in the kidney and is now passing down a narrow tube (ureter) on its way to his bladder. Once it reaches the bladder, the pain will stop. The stone may pass through urine stream in one piece. The size is small that it may break up into sandy fragments which he may not even notice when it passes.
What a relief. After that, were adviced to go home. He was given the instructions what to do like drinking lots of water, of course straining the urine, saving any stone that comes out and try to be active as possible since it will help the stone to pass. Things went well after that.
It was October 29, midnight when he felt the sharp cramping pain and vomitting again. Pain reliever is not working and so we went to Bryan LGH Medical Center again. He was given emergency treatment. The stone is too small to pass on its own so we need more days waiting. It was almost 5 early morning when we went home. We were adviced to seek the referred Urology Doctor for thorough observation so we went to Urology, PC. We were able to visit their clinic twice already after those incidents, but the same thing, the stone is tightly hiding. In our second visit, the stone is not visible where it is positioned. Supposedly, from there, they will get a reading or a decision if it is "for operation or not" and so they suggested us to go to BryanLGH again to do the IVP this time.
Things are doing well for my husband. He did not feel any pain for 3 consecutive days now and were hoping and praying that the stone passed already. It is very discomforting physically for him and even financially. Our first bill reached to $2,600 plus and we still have more bills to come. But I said to my husband WITH GOD, dont you worry, things will just be fine.