I’ve been avoiding this topic but I write today to ask for your prayers because in one week from today Sarah will have surgery to remove kidney stones from her right kidney.
We found out she had them because she began having a urinary tract infection that came back after antibiotics. Our pediatrician sent us to a specialist and she had an ultrasound and a cat scan done which showed three stones. One is 2 cm, one is 1.5 cm and the other one is –I can’t remember–but smaller. The doctors are intrigued by her because these stones are larger than they typically see for a child her age (5 and a half).
Children can get kidney stones for a variety of reasons, including a poor diet (too much processed food, high in salt, and a lack of adequate water intake). Generally speaking, stones are quite common, which I didn’t know or care about until my own daughter made some. (sigh)
Like most people, I get nervous about medical situations. I was very upset when we learned that she needed surgery and that the doctors couldn’t tell us right away why she made the stones or what we can do to prevent this from happening again.
However, as I force myself to look on the bright side there are many many things to be thankful for:
- She has had no pain. no pain!
- modern medicine and specialist doctors means they can be removed and everything will be done in an up-to-date and professional way.
- Although there is a chance she will need to have open surgery to remove the stones, at this point the plan is that it will be done robotically which means 4 tiny incisions and probably no stitches. They say she can probably go home the same day as the procedure.
- Ultrasound and blood work was normal, and the infection at the time of the diagnosis was very minimal. She takes a preventative dose of antibiotics every day to keep the UTI away.
- although she does have a slight amount of “grit” in her urine, her 24 hour urine test was also unremarkable (according to the doctor).
- all the doctors have been calm and unconcerned about this, which settles my emotions because THEY are the experts….and I am the over-reacting mother.
- in the grand scheme of things…..kidney stones?? not a big deal. She appears perfectly healthy, in fact, she’s brighter and happier than she’s ever been (she loves going to school) and she’s so smart!
- She enjoyed her experience at the hospital and looks forward to going back. (so weird) LOL She especially loved the button that you could push to get a nurse to come and do things for you.
I don’t really want to talk about this, but I did want to let my friends know what was going on because it’s on my mind, and usually the fears that I put out into the light tend to lessen in the sharing.
Psalm 136:26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.