Friday, May 11, 2007


After a couple days of long, serious posts about kidney stones, today is all about beauty. No, no pictures of me you silly little nippers. BTW, still peeing blood, no pain, so it hasn't passed.

I took a lot of pics in the yard yesterday that I will intersperse over the coming week. Hopefully I will get to the Tulip Festival over at the Capitol in Albany this weekend so that will mean lots of tulip photos. Albany, indeed the entire Hudson River valley, was stolen from the native Americans settled by the Dutch way-back-when so the weekend full of activities is a tribute to that heritage. Who knows, maybe I'll win Tulip Queen!

Here are the two tulips in our yard:

We had our first thunder and lightning storm last night and the rain came down quite forcefully. I'm sad to report that the petals of the tulips in the top photo have been knocked clean off of their stems. I hope those in Washington Park faired better!


I get a large number of hits from Google searches on "Kidney Stone", "Lithotripsy", and other related terms. In an effort to make this subject easier to navigate on this blog, I am adding the following list of posts to every kidney stone entry to make them cross reference accessible.

If you are reading this because you have, or think you have, a kidney stone, I know your pain. Unless you've had one, and I've had some mild incidences and some really bad ones, no one can even imagine the level of pain.

Make an immediate appointment with an urologist. I am not a doctor and these are my experiences only!

You could be experiencing a kidney stone, but it may also be a urinary tract infection, a tumor, or other medical condition. Don't take any chances with your health!

These posts involve my passing of two giant 6mm stones this summer...three days apart! Wrapped in these posts are stories that detail my lifelong battle with them.

In the interest of clarity, these links are in temporal order.

First Signs Of A Stone May 7, 2007
What I Know About Kidney Stones May 8, 2007
A Discussion Of Lithotripsy May 9, 2007
Peeing Blood, No Pain May 11, 2007
Pain Returns May 18, 2007
Pain Again In The Back May 26, 2007
Bloody Urine Is Back July 12, 2007
Passed Kidney Stone #1 July 26, 2007
Passed Kidney Stone #2 July 30, 2007
I wish you well.


Gay Canuck in the Capital said...

I dont know that much about tulips but I read a cool book about plants and some of the colour variatons in tulips are caused by plant viruses.

cb said...

My guess is that the picture you posted of the tulip looked almost exactly like the end of your penis when they had to open your urethra to insert the stent grabber...

so indirectly, your post WAS about kidney stones...

Y | O | Y said...

Excellent, cb, exactly the laugh I needed!