After the movie, the pain got so bad that I was moaning and I couldn't concentrate on anything. I kept trying to shift positions, but nothing was helping. By early afternoon, I was in so much pain that I was crying. I considered go to the emergency room, but it seemed like an overreaction to a cramp in my side. My kids were going to be staying the night at my parents' house, so I decided that if it still hurt after they left, then I'd decide what to do.
At around 6:30, I couldn't take it anymore. Instead of going to the ER, I went to the Urgent Care clinic (it's cheaper, and I figured this wasn't really an "emergency" situation). From what I read online, I was guessing it was a kidney stone--but I didn't have any other symptoms, so I wasn't sure.
I had to wait about 30 minutes to see the doctor, and after a urine test, he told me that I have a kidney infection! I was really surprised, because I had no symptoms other than the (severe) pain. He prescribed antibiotics and a pain reliever (Tylenol 3). Unfortunately, the Tylenol 3 did absolutely nothing for the pain, so I was pretty miserable all night and for a lot of the day yesterday. It was so hard to get comfortable while lying down, so I ended up taking Joey for a walk to hopefully distract me.
I know that antibiotics have a tendency to make me retain water, but I was still shocked to see that I gained five pounds overnight! I ate well yesterday, and haven't binged or gone over my points at all, so I'm sure it has to be from the medication. Still, it sucked to see the scale shoot up like that, after I've worked so hard for the past month to lose weight. I hope that after I finish the antibiotics, it'll drop off just as fast.
We've been having a crazy amount of rain and thunderstorms for the past month or two. I can't even remember the last day that it didn't rain at some point! I actually really like storms, so it doesn't bother me, though. This morning, after the rain stopped, Eli asked me to go for a bike ride with him. It was extremely humid (82 degrees with a "real feel" of 96 due to the humidity!), but he never asks to do that, so I said sure.
Noah came with us, and we rode bikes around the neighborhood. I haven't ridden my bike recently, and going out today really made me want to start doing it again. Actually, I have to, because I signed up for that 30-mile bike ride in Detroit this September! Since I can only run three days per week, it's a good time to throw in a little biking. I'm going to aim for once a week, probably on Sunday mornings.
Last night, I decided to try this wet hair technique for curly hair, called "plopping". My mom sent me a link to a video, and just for the heck of it, I decided to try it out last night. After showering, you put your normal product in your hair (I just use a spray gel) and then you turn your head upside down and "plop" your curls onto a big t-shirt. Then you wrap the t-shirt around your head in a way that keeps your curls plopped up on top. And you sleep that way! Then, in the morning, your curls are frizz-free and looking fresh.
|Lying in bed with my t-shirt turban|
Sleeping with it wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought it would be, surprisingly. I didn't like how it felt when the shirt was covering my ears, so I put it up a little higher. When I woke up and took off the shirt, my hair looked pretty good! It was dry and curly, and really soft. I should have taken a picture, but I went outside to ride bikes with Eli, and my hair frizzed right out in the humidity that we have going on.
Here is the video that I watched, if anyone is interested:
Tomorrow, I'm supposed to run/walk 30 minutes, so I'm anxious to see how that goes. If I have any pain at all, I'll have to stop right away and just wait until I see the physical therapist again. I'm hoping that what happened on Friday won't happen again. I haven't had any sort of pain, or even a small twinge, since then, so it's looking good so far.
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