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Gerald H. Williams

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Well, a year ago, I was having lower side/back pain and could hardly walk. I called doctor that asked me the level of pain out of 10. My reply was 15+. His answer was go to the clinic so I did., The doctor on duty asked me a few questions and said I had a kidney stone on the move. (Sepsis and Kidney Stones) Sent me to the hospital with a note. Upon arriving at hospital, I was immediately met and assessed and put on a bed. Off to the ultra sound and an x-ray. 20 minute later was told temperature was at 103f and blood count was ‘off the scale’ Blood pressure was at 90/47. So the doctor came in and said I had a bad stone… 26 mm in size and it is moving and seems almost stuck. Off to the operating room and a (as doctor said) 1/2 hour and I would be better.

I awoke 3 hours later and was told we had a problem. I asked what, as I faded in and out of understanding. Was told as they got to the stone, and put in a stint, they hit an infection pocket and it broke open. It flooded my lower body with infection and they had to opened clean that and they assessed it as sepsis.

\I was taken to ICU and for that first night the doctor sat on my bed checking me every 1/2 hour…or maybe more.
For the next 5 days, in ICU with the pain and the infection getting better. 4 more days in surgery recovery the doctor told me to go home.
I still had the stone , the stint, and a multitude of pills to take. Each second day went to the clinic and had blood work and when I went a week without any problems, I was invited back to hospital to remove the stone. My 20 minute operation now was in its 7th week, and finally the stone was gone. Blood tests for another 3 weeks, (every second day) and was to have another ultra-sound and an x-ray. A week after that went back to see the surgeon and get my report.
His opening remark was, he said, I thought I would never see you again, you were within minutes of passing away.
Well, it has been 18 months and I am here and still kicking. Next appointment in the follow up, is next week.

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