Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Off to the hospital . . .
Later this morning I'm scheduled to have a kidney stone broken up. I'll be undergoing a procedure called 'Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy', which sounds like a spaceship drive unit out of one of my science fiction novels! I've been warned I'll be black and blue after the procedure, and in pain for a few more days. I hope Miss D. can stand it for a little longer - she's already had more than enough of my pain-induced tetchiness for the past five weeks or so.
The thing I really don't like about this procedure is that it has to be conducted under a general anesthetic. I've had more than a dozen surgeries in my life, and I can't help the niggling fear that one day, I may not wake up from one. It's statistically very unlikely, I know, but I just hate the feeling of not being in control of what happens to me. Yeah, I know, it's terribly male and all that . . . but that's me, I guess.
At any rate, please say a prayer for a successful procedure, and for extra patience and tolerance for my poor wife over the next few days! Blogging will be light today. If I can, I'll report in tonight; otherwise, it'll be tomorrow.