I'm happy to say that I'm kidney stone-free for the first time since 2012. Woo-hoo! It's been a long road and one that's probably complicated to understand if you're new to my blog. Basically, I've had hundreds of tiny, sand-like kidney stones in my left kidney for the past few years and my urologist wasn't sure if it was better to just leave well enough alone since the procedure to remove them nearly killed me when I had it done in 2007 or if removing them before they grew would be better. In recent months I had been starting to have more complications, so my urologist recommended that I see his colleague to get her opinion since she's a kidney stone specialist. I met with her at the end of January and she suggested doing the procedure to remove the kidney stones, so I had it done in February.
I'm finally able to close the book on the kidney stones for now (well, this chapter anyway, since there will likely be more kidney stones in my future). I went in for my follow-up appointment two days ago and had the stents removed from my kidneys and my doctor said that everything looks great. All's well that ends well, as they say. I'm so thankful to be stone-free again!