?`s and ANNEswers

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I woke up this morning feeling as if I were having an out-of-body experience. Yes, I remember I’d spent part of yesterday in the Emergency Room and that I have a kidney stone. Yes, I remember I was drugged to relieve the pain and came home to cope.

The out-of-body part comes from feeling disconnected to my usual routine. On Sundays, for example, I often swim. This Sunday I was also supposed to go to the theater and then chat with a friend in the evening. There is no way my body – and my mind – can process any of this. So I’ve cancelled today’s activities. And Monday’s. Not sure about Tuesday but it might be off the calendar as well.

One medication I’m taking makes me pee more often. How does every fifteen minutes sound? So my commode and I are now the best of friends. Which is a good reason to cancel my current calendar’s commitments.

Additionally, the pain meds make me sleepy and fuzzy. I realize that the right thing for one part of your body is usually counterproductive to another part. The medication I am taking for pain is constipating; the diet for kidney stone prevention is counter to a diet for other health issues; the vitamins to take for this isn’t a good idea for that.

So I’ll be compliant for a few days. After that, we’ll see.

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