My Stones

I don’t think I’m spending enough time telling you about my kidney health! On April 1st of this year, I took an ambulance ride to the ER with a kidney stone. No, it was not an April Fools Joke. After a very painful few weeks and some unmentionable surgical procedures, I am right as rain. Since that time I have sworn off some naughty foods and haven’t taken one antacid. Popping tums like candy was one of my very bad kidney stone behaviors. The most important life change is drinking way more liquid than any person should have to. I have two very large water flasks at work that I force myself to finish each day. At home, I have the same flask that I push myself to fill and down right after dinner. Keeping the kidneys flushed with water is the best preventative measure. Stones can’t form if their microscopic kernels are continuously being washed away. Unfortunately this keeps me running to the bathroom more than a pregnant woman, and I am often getting up at night. There is no pain like kidney stone pain. I’m willing the make the trade-off. Now, I honestly get a twinge of fear if I don’t have that full “just guzzled a lot of water” feeling all day long.