I have had stomach pain, it started Monday night. Woke me up in the night both Monday and Tuesday. It was severe in the night, but during the day only bothered me slightly. It did keep me from running, which frankly ticked me off, and got me to the doctor. I was suspicious of gall bladder.
I had an ultrasound yesterday morning. Yes, they think my gall bladder may not be working properly and want further testing. That is what is causing pain.
But that is not why the doctor called me at the end of the day.
She called to let me know that there is a 1-2 centimeter spot on my kidney. It showed up in an ultrasound that I had in January and was cyst-like, so we were told to watch it due to my history. Well, it now looks more solid, a nodule or lesion. They are not jumping to conclusions but because of the definite change from the ultrasound in January, the radiologist suggest further testing due to my history.
My primary care doctor is going to call my Oncologist for the “now what?” I expect a scan or two, maybe a biopsy. I will know more next week.
You have all so graciously come along on this journey with me, so I want to keep you informed. It seems like these “bumps in the road” may just be a way of life– these ups and downs with my health. I am ok with that. I have done my pouting in the past and have come to accept the ‘what is.’ I am at peace, and so thankful for how many prayers have been answered on my behalf. So many.
I am also very thankful for the perspective that all of this brings. It is a gift. I find when pain forces me to face what we all need to face, that we are here on this earth for a short time, I live. I REALLY live.
I see more clearly. I think about what matters. I notice beauty. I touch and hug my kids more. I kiss my husband more (well, I would be if he didn’t have a cold :)) I treasure the moments with those I love. I eat it all up, and I am present. That, friends, is a gift, one that I would not have to this extent, if it were not for pain.
Emotional pain, physical pain, both bring perspective.
I reach out to my Heavenly Father in these moments, I rest in His love, and I find peace.
I will keep you updated. Again, it very well could be nothing. Hoping for the best!!