Adventures In Running

Sunday, August 1, 2010

There is something worse than labor!

Friday I had one of the scariest experiences of my life. One minute I was feeling fine, the next I was feeling like I wanted to die. From nausea to vomiting to severe abdominal pain, I really didn't know what hit me. Things spiraled downhill quickly and I eventually had to call 911. My blood pressure started to tank and my body was going into shock. They had to turn on the lights and sirens to get me to the hospital. It is hard to describe being blasted like pain like I was and feeling totally out of control. I was terrified that I might be dying. I am usually a pretty tough person, but this was scaring me to my core and a living nightmare. Pain relief was finally given and my body was able to relax.

Many hours and tests later, it was determined that I had a bouncing 7 mm kidney stone that had worked its way from my kidney almost to the bladder. Maybe I should be proud of that, but I'm not. It wiped me out. It humbled me. It made a 100 mile run look like it would be easy.

I sure hope I never have to deal with something like this again.

And, YES! It is worse than labor. Unrelenting pain with nothing enjoyable as a reward in the end. Forgive me for my earlier skepticism.


Hollie and Mike Christiansen said...


I'm glad I have someone to put an assessment on this question. which is worse..but I think you nailed it just right that the reason this one is worse is because there is nothing at the end to shadow over what you just did except for a tiny little kidney stone. :) Glad you are okay and that is wasn't anything life threatening. I can't imagine how scared I would have been!

Miles Milestones said...

Wow. That sounds like it was a terribly scarey experience. I'm glad that you were able to get the medical attention that you needed.