Thursday, June 16, 2011

Emergency Room Farts, Kidney Infections, and SHOUT OUTS!

....But never trust a fart!

Gas.  We've all had it.  And sometimes it really hurts.  So bad that some people might think something is seriously wrong with them.  I've heard the stories.  You know, the ones where people end up calling a  doctor or better yet, driving themselves to the Emergency Room.  They tell the doctors and nurses about how they think they might have some kind of rupture, maybe a cyst, perhaps an infection.   And then it happens.  They are sent home and told they just had gas.  Told that they just need to let one rip.  They just needed to fart!  And for some, this trip to the doctor or ER isn't cheap.  An expensive fart!

Knowing about these "just needed to pass gas" in the ER stories has always had me think twice before freaking out about any unusual stomach pain.  This week I've been experiencing some really crazy cramps along with feeling unusually sore, tired, and grumpy.  On Monday I had cramping so bad that I was in tears.  Nothing helped and the pain felt similar to labor.  By Tuesday I was feeling a little bit better but then by Wednesday my lower back ached like crazy.  Wednesday night came and halfway into book club I could tell that the pain in my back was getting worse.  I was just chalking it all up to a really bad case of PMS.  Although I've never been one to have cramps, I just figured that this must be a sign of getting older.  By 2 a.m I knew that the pain was not normal but I still didn't want to drive myself to the ER just to be told that I needed to rip a big one or go home and take a midol.

So glad I went in!  Turns out to be a kidney infection.  I had some gas too and I did let a few rip while I was waiting for the doctor.  But in all seriousness, I was really glad to get some pain relief!  Looks like God was  serious about making sure I listened to the "Be Still" message from my last post.  My husband had joked that he wasn't so sure that I would be able to actually listen to myself and take it easy for a few days.  A kidney infection is definitely a good way to slow me down.  A forced break.  And a much needed one.  Although my body is hurting a little and working extra hard fighting off this thing, it is probably glad that I'm not out there trying to climb any mountains, swim across a lake, ride my bike to the next town, or do a speed workout on the track just to keep up with my fitness.  Nope.  Instead I sat outside in the backyard, enjoyed a summer evening dinner with my family, and talked with my husband about life!  It was wonderful!  It was the "Being Still" that I needed.

Shout OUTs
On a non-farting note, I wanted to say a few words or post a few pictures for those of you who are competing this weekend!  There are several of you.  Some of you have running events or relays.  Some have cycling races and triathlons.  I'm not even going to try to write down everyone specifically right now but you know who you are! The positive messages below are for you too!

I did want to take a moment to give a special Shout Out to Jenn and Ana Maria!  Jenn and Ana Maria are two people that have come into my life through this blog world and even though I have not met them, I consider them a friend.  I've learned so much from them and am inspired by them daily! I hope to meet them both in Boston in 2012!

Good luck to Jenn as she runs her third marathon this Saturday!  Good Luck to Ana Maria in her first Half Ironman!  I expect both of them to finish strong and surprise us all!  Amazing and gifted women here!  In so many many ways that go beyond their identity as an athlete!  I'll be cheering for you from Oregon!  And just because I didn't included enough exclamation marks: !!!!!!





My daughter helped me with the heart here.  And the coloring. 








Amanda

30 comments:

  1. LOVE those! I will remember some of those during my half this weekend! AHHH

    You are a late night blogger, huh? I think your posts always publish as soon as I'm finishing up blog writing/reading and heading to bed.... glad I'm not the only one who loves writing late at night. :)

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  2. Beautiful signage, Amanda!!
    Best wishes to BOTH ladies!! Woo hoo!

    I am SO glad you finally went in to be seen. It is HARD to make these decisions sometimes...Noone wants to look like a moron or shell out tons of money for something silly. I am just glad you are OK!! And what a blessing to get a little time off. Sounds heavenly. :)

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  3. Get well soon. Kidney infections are nasty things so you get everyone to spoil you and nurture you and feed you all the good ice cream.

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  4. Kidney infections are NO FUN. I hope yours clears quickly and that you are back feeling fine soon :) So glad you got it checked out!

    Best wishes to those two ladies... Jenn and Ana Maria... I'll bet they both crush their respective races!

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  5. so sorry you have a kidney infection :( Hoping it's a quick recovery. I looooove those signs, so awesome!

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  6. Thank you Amanda! A HUGE blessing you are to me. You know this....Your words are so much more than words...

    Can't adequately comment but since I know what's going on with the kidneys here, you'll forgive me for the short one just this once:) Love you!

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  7. Love those. I am glad you went to the you found out what that stomach pain was . Hope you are mending fast. Take care of yourself. Good Luck to Jenn and Ana Marie and all the other runner this weeekend.

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  8. Love the inspirational messages and how they are applicable to anyone!

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  9. Honestly, the word "fart" makes me chuckle like a 12 year old boy. On another note, I hope you get to feeling better, Amanda!

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  10. This are awesome!! I'm sorry that you are sick...praying for healthier times soon!

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  11. So sorry about your kidney!! I'm hoping you feel better really quick!

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  12. I'm so glad you found out what was wrong and get to take a little time off to enjoy your family.
    Good luck to your friends racing this weekend! This blog world is amazing for the support from folks we've never even met! I love it!

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  13. Ugh, those are so painful! I had the same type of experience a few years ago, ended up driving myself to the ER in the middle of the night. Glad you got yourself in...isn't it funny how we'll wait it out forever? I swear, I'd be having a heart attack sitting home not wanting to be sent back with indigestion.

    Good luck to everyone racing!

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  14. So glad you went in. I think you are just like me, pushing health concerns away....I hope you are feeling better. Hugs to you:)
    And thanks much for this post and your support. Man, between you, Jenn, Raina...so much creativity. I guess I'll stick with what I know, support from the sidelines:)
    Thinking of you and take good care of thoese kidneys.

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  15. Kidney infections are awful!! I Hope you feel better soon.

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  16. Yuck on the kidney infection!! Hope its better soon!

    Fun signs!!

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  17. Ouch! Hope you are already on the mend, Amanda. Enjoy your rest.

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  18. OH, and the positive messages are for everyone....not just AM and Jenn. :)

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  19. So sorry about the kidney infection!! Love that you are taking the tie to connect with your hubby and be still. You notes are SO SWEET to your friend!! Thanks for making me laugh too - somehow talking about farting is still funny even as an adult. I guess I should remember that when i am annoyed that my 7 year old son thinks it is so funny.

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  20. The signs are sweet. Glad to hear that you trusted your gut and went to the ER, that could have turned into something really scary really quick. I understand the pain and discomfort, so take care of your body. There is only 1 you!

    Now you'll have more time to enjoy Father's Day weekend with all those beautiful little faces in your life.

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  21. I hope your kidneys heal up quickly.

    The next time I fart (We had beans for dinner, so any time now) I'll think of you.

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  22. ah poor yuo, those are painful
    I have had that before. I hope you get better soon and that the meds are working their magic!!!

    I love all these messages!

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  23. I'm so glad you went to the ER!! Reading your description, it reminded me of my ER visits when I had kidney stones. Crazy how much pain our kidneys can cause us. I hope your infection goes away ASAP!!

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  24. I'm so glad you finally went in! That must have been so painful! Hopefully it will get better soon!

    And, your signs were so thoughtful and fun! What a great idea!

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  25. where do you buy circle paper? those were great signs :)

    eeks! well i am sorry it was not just one big fart but i am glad you had it checked out so you can get better!

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  26. I hope you're feeling better and recover quickly...sounds painful.
    Love those colorful and inspiring signs! you are very thoughtful and inspiring person!

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  27. fantastic, thoughtful messages!!! You are such a wonderful friend and inspiration.

    Holy shart---I'm so glad you got checked out and listened to your body!! How are you feeling today?!!

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