Part 6 (Nephrostomy tubes)

Towards the end of 2018, my mom kept having back pains for a couple weeks. Every night I’d massage it with an ointment called Tiger Balm, but that wouldn’t help. She had her annual CAT Scan due, so we waited which was just a few days away. When my mom took the CAT Scan they told her that, her kidneys were swollen which would explain her lower back pains. To reduce the swelling she was prescribed Prednisone. Prednisone is a type of steroid that can help lower certain immune related symptoms, including inflammation and swelling. Two weeks later of taking the steroid it didn’t work. It actually did the opposite for my mom, she got all the side effects. She had swelling in her hands, feet and face, she was throwing up everything she ate, pain increased and increased sleeping. My mom was hospitalized after realizing and taken off the steroids because they weren’t working.

On valentines day I had to bring my mom back to the hospital because she was unable to get dress due to being in so much pain. On the 17th of February 2019 my mom got a Nephrostomy tube on the right kidney. Nephrostomy tubes is a catheter or you can say a thin tube. It’s normally placed through your skin into your kidney to drain out your urine. The nephrostomy tubes was placed in my mom because she had a blockage in her kidney which explains why both her kidneys were swollen. Three days after the doctor decided to put another tube on the left side but this time it would go through her skin and kidney all the way down to her bladder. The tubes were successfully place, there was a lot of urine being drained out.

Three weeks later my mom started having high fever, server pain, excess weakness, shortness of breath and sleeping majority of the day. I had to call ambulance because that was very abnormal. My mom would scream so much in pain. The tubes gave her an infection due to it being a foreign object to the human body. Since then my mom has been doing alright, her appetite is not quite there yet, and we have been in and out of the hospital but God is good ! I have attached pictures down below.

First tube inserted
weeks after tubes inserted
bags for urine to drain in.

7 thoughts on “Part 6 (Nephrostomy tubes)

  1. Your mom is a warrior ,you are also a strong young lady God is a healer and it’s not over until God say it’s over.prayers going up for your mom while she recovers.


  2. To God be the glory. Great things He has done. My dear, I would like very much to know you and your mom and to help you care for her in any way that I can. You both capture my heart and I love and admire you equally. Your mom is a soldier and it reflects in you also. You should start a go fund me page. Through it all she keeps on smiling and she is still very beautiful as well as you. Keep the faith. I am sure there are many who are remembering you two in prayers as I will also.
    Thanks for sharing.


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