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Saturday, May 19, 2007


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Had hoped to get a weekend posting up, despite a first ever bout with kidney stones which came to call about 2:30 am Friday morning. If there’s worse pain in this life, I’ve not experienced it. Demerol’s a pleasant, if temporary, escape, though my weekend hopped up on said injections was anything but conducive to worthwhile (or even coherent) writing. I therefore plead the reader’s indulgence for whatever time is needed to overcome this insidious attack (I’m still waiting for the stone to pass) and do pledge restocking of Greenbriar shelves immediately upon recovery.

24 Comments:

Anonymous Nici said...

Oh, that's sad news! I hope you'll be well soon. All the best!

Nici

4:17 PM  
Blogger J.C. Loophole said...

Get better soon, John!
As the Great Man himself once said:
"This too shall pass."

7:50 PM  
Anonymous Jim Lane said...

Good grief, kidney stones! For heaven's sake, take care of yourself; we can wait.

8:38 PM  
Blogger stumpjumper said...

John, you are in my prayers. I have had THREE pass through my (ahem!) system and as a female friend said to me "it's like giving birth to a yucca plant.

Hang in there. you're site is remarkable and so are you.
Blessings.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Oscar Grillo said...

The pain made faint once. It'll pass.

11:39 PM  
Blogger East Side said...

Ouch! Rest and relax.

6:51 AM  
Blogger Booksteve said...

Had 1 tiny kidney stone in 1980. Too small for the X ray to find it even. Had it for 6 months before quietly passing it but I have never had 1 again. The most excruciating pain I could imagine!

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Griff said...

Courage.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

John: Ouch. Please take care of yourself.

Regards,
Joe Thompson ;0(

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Deepest sympathies on the stones. I had them twice on the same day. i got four rounds of morphine and an oxycondon combo. That sent me into La La land. Luckily I passed them within a day. After they pass make sure to always drink lots of water so that you might not get them again. My nurse in the emergency room told me she had children and kidney stones, and the stone hurt more than giving birth.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Rich D said...

No need to apologize for the lack of posts. Take care of yourself first.

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Chris U. said...

Yikes.

Whiskey might help move things along. It works in the movies, anyway. ;)

4:14 PM  
Anonymous sjack said...

Take it easy and I hope the stone passes soon. Sorry you have to deal with this.

8:22 PM  
Blogger David said...

Get Well Soon!

8:33 PM  
Blogger the cajun said...

I've had them THRICE! Ain't no fun. Believe me when I say I feel your pain, because it is beyond description.
Take care, sir, and know that you are in my prayers.
If possible, discontinue consumption of all caffeine as in coffee, soda, etc. And, drink copious amounts of water. Trust me, it helps.

9:04 PM  
Blogger John McElwee said...

On my way to surgery this morning (Tuesday), as it's not likely to pass otherwise, according to urologist. Thanks to all of you for the encouragement and kind words.

5:04 AM  
Anonymous Tim Lucas said...

Take care, John. Hope to see you back in the Greenbriar saddle soon.

2:07 PM  
Anonymous brickadoodle said...

May the mighty doctors of urology,
With whetted blade or sonic blast,
Prod your innards until
The hateful stones have passed.
And slake your pain with laudanum
(But not upset your duodenum)
For, John, this is no eulogy--
Take courage and Get Well Fast!

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've thoroughly enjoyed your site for almost a year now. Chin up and Get well soon!

9:31 PM  
Blogger Mariana said...

Try taking hot water baths when you feel that pain. It dilates the inner walls of the kidneys so that the stones stop being in direct contact. Worked like a charm with my husband, who also suffered horribly until we discovered this trick. Get well soon!

12:29 AM  
Anonymous ayres orchids said...

Poor dear man! What an awful thing to have to endure. I hope the surgery has helped and you're out of the pain.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope everything is well with you. This is a great site but you need to take care of yourself. Best wishes.

6:17 PM  
Blogger radiotelefonia said...

I wish you a fast recovery.

In the meantime, here are links to a classic Argentine film that MGM bought it's distribution right (although now is in the public domain).

It is in Spanish (Oscar Grillo, among people here, will understand it), but it is masterpiece worth to be rediscovered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlOf-M_J0nA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdZLv_1c4xQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wynJ2_yZOxw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Mo3Up8Nf0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d9ib_lvtMw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rEUF63QwOE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIyHZ-zxxRo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=291C7e17ArE

12:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lord have mercy those are painful. Please feel better soon, John!
Tommy Gibbons

10:48 AM  

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