A modern-day stoning/kidney stones
Ken and I have been friends for two decades. We share much in common, and are also as different as two people can be. We have sworn to be there for each other, and keep each other honest and informed. What I know about this man, who was born exactly a year before me (to the day) is that his heart is as big as his kidney stones are plentiful. He would be the first to contribute to someone else's cause. So it's our turn to step up and help him. I'm in, are you? Please help my Twinnie.
-Annie Shull, Hillsboro, OR
A modern-day stoning, from the inside out.
And probably feels just as bad.
I never thought something so small could end up ruining a life, but in my case, they may cause homelessness if I don’t get some financial help.
I'm a generally resourceful, hard-working, and well regarded guy. My friends laugh at many of my stories. My employer likes me enough to pay me for my skills: I'm an IT consultant. I have my own healthcare coverage, and flexible hours. I lead a basically healthy lifestyle — I have a regular yoga practice & a largely healthy diet (lots of water, & I LOVE green foods!) Overall, I'm a solid citizen, who was dealt a very bad hand in the kidney department.
(not a fan of pics. this was a (relatively) good day, so a co-worker took a snapshot for posterity. 2-3 weeks ago.)
Anyone that's had a kidney stone knows that one is more than enough for a lifetime. They're excruciating, scary, debilitating, can even send you to the emergency room. In a little over 18 months, I've had over 30 kidney stones. The latest round of stones (9 in a month and a half) lasted longer than they had before.
They are supposed to be rare.
They're supposed to happen to younger people.
If you get more than one, they're supposed to be manageable by diet and medication.
Passing one stone can take a couple of excruciating weeks. During that time, heavy-duty pain medication makes it impossible to drive or even focus on work.
(3:17am, 3/13/2017, when the pain hits after the drugs quit — can't concentrate, can't get comfortable)
Having used all my flex time for these surgeries and downtime in the past 18 months, I don't have any left. Though my very understanding employer is holding my job, they can't pay me when I don't work.
My landlord is less understanding. While they're fully aware of my issue, and offer their sympathies, they also plan to evict me if I don't get caught up on rent. Dealing with this issue has depleted my savings. A big chunk of my money has gone to tests, medications, specialists, etc. Which puts me in my current situation.
I am not asking for more than what it would take to get caught up with living expenses, and be prepared for the next surgery. It seems there are always stones in situ. So, a little help would put me back on the right track.
Thanks so much for reading/listening. Your time and consideration means a lot. And, even If you can't help financially, I would be so appreciative if you could "signal boost" this!
"The best of friends walk in when the rest of the world walks out."
• tl;dr — i get kidney stones, LOTS of them, no treatment is working, unable to work when they hurt, behind on rent, hoping to avoid eviction.
doc called, yesterday (4/27/2017), with the "verdict":
• lots of stones;
• 1 is stuck in a ureter (means it's big);
• so...Surgery IS coming up.
week after next, most likely...
(also got the bill for the ER/hospital stay — $742.
at least it wasn't the $6,700 of the full total! healthcare/health insurance )
(Big) THANK YOU TO EVERYONE READING THIS!
⭐ special thanks to Everyone supporting me via sharing, signal boosting, discusing, & donations⭐
busy week for stones:
• 4 passed (1 just a few minutes ago);
• 3 recovered;
• CT—earlier today—to assess how many left in situ
all my best to all of you! ❤
take good care...
as always, Thank You—So Much—for your kindness & generous spirits:
it was particularly helpful, this week.
whilst i've been to the ER for kidney stone related pain, until this past thursday, i had never:
• had kidney stone pain that i was unable to manage (pranayama breathing practices...and percocet);
• been admitted TO the hospital because of that pain;
• since birth, had another overnight hospital stay;
• never experienced the pain-relieving wonders of morphine.
now, i never felt like any of the drugs i've been prescribed were "recreational" — the only "happiness" i've derived from them was, simply...
"nice: that physical pain is gone."
i was skeptical about the morphine being able to provide any meaningful relief because i was experiencing a level of pain, of a longer duration, that was more than i thought possible...
yet, i also knew it could get worse.
that compound put a stop to it, almost instantaneously.
and held the pain off until my usual practices regained their effectiveness.
(i think it was due to the stone continuing its transit — 6mm in size and, as of this writing (11:29pm-3/26/2017), yet to pass)
i know what "severe pain" feels like, now, and am grateful a drug like that exists.
(and why drugs in that class are, and should only be, used under a doctor's prescribing & supervision — too powerful to EVER be recreational)
i was able to rest, and leave the hospital, late friday afternoon.
again, thank you for your support & care.
and, all of you, take good care of yourselves, too...
(for generally accepted as "Good" coffee")
first, thank you, all, again, for your care & support — it definitely means everything to me.
as an appreciation, because i don't currently have the means to buy you a cup of coffee/beverage...
i might be able to show you how to get free (multiple) cups of Starbucks coffee!
hence, this "recipe!"
if you do this, and run into any problems, let me know!
MISE EN PLACE
• A "Microsoft" account — if you're using Windows 10 you probably already have one.
that applies to Microsoft Live/Outlook/Hotmail/MSN accounts as well.
• enroll in Microsoft Rewards — there should be an option on your Microsoft Account settings link.
• Setup all your devices to use Bing as your default search engine.
• On your desktops, use the Microsoft Edge browser for all your INITIAL searches.
(Bing is VERY GOOD for things you would normally find in, say, wikipedia, IMDB, etc. but, if you don't like your initial search results, just use google.)
• Sign up for Starbucks' reward program.
• Microsoft Edge provides a 5x points bonus for your Microsoft Rewards when you use it for searches. i keep 1 tab open, just for that, and use the standard chrome or firefox for my regular browser.
• when you reach 5,250 pts—sounds like a lot, but actually very easy/quick to reach with this method—you can redeem those points for a $5 Starbucks gift card, which you can add to any existing Starbucks card you have.
• 10,500 pts nets you a $10 Starbucks gift card.
• if you EVER drink Starbucks beverages, even once a year, sign up for the their program.
I'll bet you'll go twice a year, because you get a free beverage on your birthday.
NO, REALLY — ANY BEVERAGE you can conceive of, from their menu, you can order it, customized however you'd like, to your heart's content/imagination run wild.
• i've used this method multiple times A YEAR, over multiple YEARS!
• there are other reward options but...
i'm not familiar with them, because i only use this one.
• and, as far as i can tell, the Microsoft Rewards gift cards count toward your Starbucks reload bonus AND you get Starbucks points for your purchase!
• you can become a Starbucks Gold Card holder, basically for free (you are spending your time), in perpetuity.
(or until this promotion gets cancelled but, as i've said, i've been using it for YEARS.
again, thank you.
take the best of care...