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.