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[Spoiler warning: Mildly squicky medical details within. The squeamish may not wish their appetites spoiled.]

I know you've all been waiting breathlessly to hear what's come of my possible kidney stone situation. I just saw my very booked-up urologist, and what he has to say boils down to: "We need to do more tests before we know what's going on."

He cautions me that there could be a myriad of reasons for hematuria (blood in the urine) and stinging urination. The blood (which, incidentally, I've only seen twice) could be coming from the kidneys, the bladder, the urethra, what have you. I need to start out by having an abdominal CT scan and a cystoscopy.

I've never had a CT scan, but I've had a cystoscopy one time before. It Is Not Fun. It involves having a camera shoved up your urethra and into your bladder. Yes, it's done with local anaesthesia, but you still feel it. The only good thing about it is, it couldn't be scheduled until January 18th.

The good news is, my urine is clear of any infection. As long as I was there, they drew blood for PSA testing. (My father died almost four years ago of prostate cancer.) Or rather, they attempted to draw blood. For some reason my veins weren't cooperating. Even when the phlebotomist managed to hit my vein, she was getting a bare spatter of blood in the tube. After two attempts in my right arm and one in my left, she finally struck gold by tapping a vein in the back of my left hand. It's something you feel silly saying to a woman, but I've never had that problem before. Seriously. It must have been her fault.

Okay then. I'll check in again after the (gulp!) cystoscopy.

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