Kidney Stones

25 Jan

Today it isn’t Jody’s lungs giving us problems, it’s his kidneys.   Jody has an extensive history of kidney stones, so this is familiar to us.  Recently, during our consultation at John’s Hopkins we learned that people with Cystic Fibrosis are at an increased risk for developing kidney stones related to the malabsorption of calcium.  That, combined with a family history of stones, and a diet conducive to stone formation significantly increases Jody’s risk.

During Jody’s last hospitalization in October a CT scan showed he had a few kidney stones.  Since he was asymptomatic and in the hospital for a CF related infection, and in acute renal failure, nothing was done (which was okay).   We had an appointment with a urologist the last week of November, and I clearly remember him saying, “We’ll see you in a year.”  Knowing full well that Jody has never passed a kidney stone and has always needed surgery, I had my doubts that it would be a year until we saw him again.

Fast forward two months.  Today Jody woke up in severe, walking-doubled-over pain, obviously related to his kidney stones (he has learned the classic signs).  He had another CT scan and met with the same urologist we saw back in November.  The plan is narcotics for pain control over the weekend, and medication that could help him pass the stone on his own.  If not, he is scheduled for surgery on Monday morning.  Obviously we would prefer the least invasive route, but given his history we are prepared for surgery.  Please pray that either way the stone would be safely removed, and especially for comfort for Jody until that time.

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11 Responses to “Kidney Stones”

  1. Karen January 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm #

    Oh Tiff. Praying!

    • CF Wife January 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

      Thanks Karen, we appreciate it.

  2. Nicki Gehman January 25, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Thinking of you guys!! Sending thoughts and prayers your way! Tiffany you are soooo strong. Keep your head up…Mexico soon! Then you and Jodi will be relaxing and stressfree!

    • CF Wife January 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

      Yes, 12 days (Lord willing)! I can almost hear the ocean calling my name. Can’t wait! Now if we can just get all this kidney stone stuff fixed we’ll be good to go.

  3. Nate Hoffer January 25, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    Praying for comfort this weekend for you, Jody! Hang in there – you’re an inspiration to a lot of people.

  4. Sheryl January 26, 2013 at 2:36 am #

    Oh Jody, Jody, Jody…….. Hoping the Medican helps you feel better and you don’t need surgey on Monday!

  5. Ruthie January 26, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    My heart aches to know you are dealing with this yet! Keeping you all in my prayers!!! Your attitude and strength is amazing. You two truly are an inspiration!

  6. Rachel January 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Praying for you all.

  7. Kendra January 27, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Oh no! Praying comfort & good strong pain killers over the weekend! And that this stone issue will be quickly resolved!

  8. Kelly January 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    praying for a passing of its own, however if surgery is required, praying for a speedy recovery

  9. Krystal Frankhouser January 28, 2013 at 5:06 am #

    Saying some prayers today as you go into surgery. Hoping and praying for a fast and speedy recovery. Love you guys!

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