Nope – not the wrestler/actor…although, it certainly FELT like I’d been body-slammed.
I’m talking about a kidney stone. I had one make its way down from the kidney to the bladder yesterday.
When they say ‘You never forget your first,’ a kidney stone may have been what they had in mind.
But – I did survive my trip to the ER via an ambulance, after scaring the bejezus out of my co-workers – and survived the stone’s travel from the kidney to the bladder. I even survived a brief episode of ‘bumper beds,’ when the lady who was wheeling me from the CAT scan room back to my ER room banged the bed into a wall.
I now get the lovely task of waiting until it takes the final leg of its journey, out of my bladder and into (hopefully) the strainer the ER provided to catch it. They want to analyze it and find out what substance it’s made of, so dietary recommendations can follow.
I already made some changes in the daily diet on recommendations I found on the web…going meatless for my work lunches (I still get cheese & butter, though, which is an acceptable substitute for the Keto-me), looking for protein/fat sources with a little less sodium, and seriously amping up the water intake.
I also have magnesium and potassium citrate supplements on their way. Both are recommended in the prevention of future stones.
I have a feeling there’s gonna be a fight with a nutritionist in my immediate future, though, because I’m not willing to give up ketosis. A year of no heartburn after 20+ years trying everything under the sun to alleviate it – yer damn straight I’m gonna fight to keep my diet.
Should be interesting.