In 2004 I had my first kidney stone attack! I asked the doctor in the Vermont emergency room if anyone had ever died from kidney stones. (Even after having had two 10 pound babies and surviving, I literally felt like no one could ever survive this pain). He assured me that I was not going to die and said “It’s the spasms that are causing you pain right now, not the kidney stones. If you start to feel those spasms coming on in the future, take an ibuprofen, drink lots of water and it will stop them before they get out of control” So that’s what I’d done for 12 years until about 4 years ago when both kidneys started bothering me.
One Dr. told me, three years ago, I was a walking time bomb and wanted to operate the next week. Unfortunately when Obama Care came into effect I could no longer afford the 300% increase in the out of network office visits and had to leave my Dr that I had come to trust. I saw several others that were in my plan but I could not muster up the confidence I needed to allow them to operate on me.
Finally, I found Dr Barsky,from the Delaware Valley Urology and Stone Center, after much research and was quite confident in him. I saw him this past August (Although I had Foolishly put off the operation he wanted to do the previous year!) I went back to him due to the constant pain in my left kidney. I remember, quite some time ago, calling my friends to pray and laying in bed praying intensely for God to take authority over my body and the seriously intense pain in my right kidney. I had not had any pain in my right kidney at all since. I honestly thought God had healed me.
Prompted by a dream vacation Chris and I had coming up with friends to celebrate our 38th anniversary (and the pain in my left kidney that was no longer responding to the large amount of water I was drinking) And not wanting anything to ruin it I thought I’d best get the pain in my left kidney checked out. As Dr Barsky was looking at my reports he asked me repeatedly where my pain was. I would say, “my left kidney”, and he would say, “show me. You have no pain in your right kidney?” And I would repeat, “no”. He said were getting aggressive with this and started that day with a flurry of tests that ended with my first operation on Sept 1.
I was wheeled into the prep room- Number 11 – which had been my favorite number since a child. (Me and Him!) I looked up and directly across from me was the number 7- Representing perfection and the sign of God in the bible as well as completion, obedience and rest! Lol I knew God had just spoken to me and I had complete peace. I was amazed!
Afterward, at home, I was in excruciating pain and still another 2 hours to go for my next dose of pain medication! I could hardly speak as I called Dr Barsky. He said if I needed to I could take one every 3 hours rather than 4. I took one and my husband called his friend Frank to pray! Unsurprisingly the pain was totally gone shortly after Frank sent out the prayer request! No more meds! Never underestimate the power of prayer!
So the next operation on Sept 13th my prayer was NO Pain LORD please! Ironically enough I was checking phone messages just before I was wheeled into the operating room and there was Dennis once again in my voice mail praying for me! After the operation I asked the male nurse if I could have a stronger medication for the pain this time as the last pain meds didn’t work! The attending male nurse in the recovery room said, “You may not have any pain at all”, When he wheeled me to the car and said God Bless You, I had the sense he had prayed for me NOT to be in pain. Finally home in bed, I kept waiting for the pain, however, amazingly enough, it never came! I had NO PAIN! I never even had to take the pain meds!
Once again a third procedure on September 23rd to have the stent removed proved to me that we “Have not because we ask not”! Again in excruciating pain a prayer request was sent out and within an hour God had taken all of my pain away and I never had to take another pain pill! For pain that intense to end so quickly could only have been an act of Gods mercy!
After more tests, X-rays, ultrasounds, etc. Dr Barsky concluded that my right kidney was again healthy and fully functioning. He decided that it was safe to operate on my left kidney to remove Goliath, a 16 mm stone. This time rather than put me through the agony of a stent for two weeks he opted to do Shockwave Lithotripsy. I thought “this should be a breeze compared to September”. Afterward I literally felt like a boxing match had taken place inside my body. This time the pain woke me in the middle of the night, so intense I literally got sick. This was worse than any pain I had felt so far. I took a pain pill and I prayed for God to come against the pain in my body that I knew was NOT designed by Him! My husband Chris sat on the edge of my bed and prayed for me and after a couple hours I was able to fall asleep. When I woke the pain was gone- no more pain pills and it did not return! Thank you Lord!
I tell you all this because I want to urge anyone who is putting off taking care of their body- to not be a bull headed wimp like me And take care of your temple! Trust God! I thought I could control what was going on with my body and I allowed the fear of the stents and operation to affect my quality of life and make decisions for me. You see I was very close to losing my right kidney due to my foolishness. A 13mm and 8mm stone had been stuck in my ureter. My kidney had completely shut down and stopped working and had not been working “for quite some time” according to Dr. Barsky. He was not sure how much damage had been done at first.
God in His graciousness completely restored my right kidney. His timing was perfect! After the operations in Sept we were able to go on our cruise as planned. Afterward on November 3rd Goliath was delivered! Through the powerful prayers of my church, friends and family God got me through the pain- quickly!! And thanks to the God given knowledge and gifted hands of my Doctor and the amazing equipment used today, I now wake up each morning with NO PAIN and do not have to scope out a bathroom every half hour!! The power of prayer was evident and I am so grateful. God was with me as He promises, every step of the way and would have been years earlier as well. He says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go” Joshua 1:9