A Cancer Journey: My Leukemia, Part 15

chronic lymphocytic leukemia

There are not enough words to describe the pain…

No matter. I need help. Now. If I wasn’t scared to death of Covid, I would have gone to the Emergency Department.

Instead, I squeezed myself into my oncologist’s schedule.

In the meantime, my recent Eyes to Thighs PET Scan report came in.

Summary: Some of my deeply buried lymph nodes became so enormous that they were compressing my left ureter (the tube that connects your kidney to your bladder). Diagnosis: Hydrophrenosis. In layman’s terms, my left kidney was dying because it couldn’t drain normally. That’s what hurt so badly. That’s why I had that horrible taste in my mouth. That’s why the reflux persisted. That’s why my left leg was swollen. That’s why I was in horrific pain.

Finally, an answer to all those symptoms.

Things moved quickly from there.

We hit the pain harder with opioids and pushed to have a stent installed in left ureter (to allow my left kidney to drain properly). A low-risk Interventional Radiology (IR) Procedure. Done for kidney stones all the time. Twilight sedation, expecting to go home the same day. No big deal, right?


Shocked awake, not from a nightmare, but into a nightmare. Screaming through my clenched teeth. Blood and urine squirting everywhere. The angels known as nurses were there in a matter of seconds.

Continue… My Leukemia, Part 16

Author: Frank J Peter

A uniquely burdened and blessed citizen of the world thinking and acting out loud!

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