To Hell and Back...

This past weekend I had an experience that wasn't really World War II or Miniatures related...  but because I'm so obsessed with World War II History, that's all that was going through my mind.  I had a Kidney Stone.

Maybe I'm just being a baby, or perhaps I have low tolerance for pain...  but this kidney stone was the absolute worst pain I have ever had.  It was so incredibly painful I was delusional and on the edge of consciousness.  As I was laying in an emergency room hospital bed, I was begging the nurse to give me something for the pain.  Her response was "Try to relax, we'll get you some Morphine."

Now...  I've never had Morphine before, but immediately scenes of Saving Private Ryan started flashing through my head.  In a delusional state of mind, I started thinking about wounded servicemen during WWII and pondering if the Morphine injections they received really worked as fast as the movies portrayed.

I did not receive a syrette injection like those in World War II (pictured above); they gave me mine through an i.v. drip.  But, it IMMEDIATELY relaxed me the moment it went in.  It took about 5-10 minutes to take full effect; and after the addition of another painkiller (can't recall it's name) I was comfortable and almost pain free.

I have the deepest and most sincere gratitude for those men and women who have been wounded or died in the defense of our freedoms and liberties.  I also applaud those war-time medics who had to deal with the unenviable task of attending to those in pain.  While my kidney stone can never compare to what they experienced...  I now have a much greater appreciation for their sacrifices.


  1. Ouch. I once had incredible pain from an appendix. They cut my gut open and pulled out after a few days of delays and lots of pain. Not cool at all.

  2. Ooooooh. Nasty. Though I do have an amusing kidney stone story that *might* cheer you up...

    My doctor suspected I had a kidney stone so I was sent to the hospital for a scan. Unfortunately the NHS scan department is - naturally - part of the maternity ward and so I had to sit in a waiting room full of pregnant women!

    I got some funny looks!

    Good luck and I wish you well.

  3. Nice to hear that you came through it mate!

  4. Mmmmmm ...Morphine!

    I went in for a scope-a-bum-a-me (my word for colonoscopy) and I was sooo high on the morphine, completly at bliss, that when I woke up and they wheeled me into the recovery room, the nurse said 'ok, careful what you say as there are young patients here'...I was thinking, what the heck WAS I saying??!

    Tanner, Hope all is well and you get some 'ME' time for the hobby.


  5. LOL Thanks Troy, I had to give a few apologies myself for telling the nurses how slow they were.

    Stephen, that's a pretty good story but I have to one-up you. When my wife was delivering our oldest daughter, the Hospital power generators caught on fire and they had to evacuate everyone into the streets. That is... except for the 5 or so women who were in labor at the time - they all got sent to a single "safe room" that had auxiliary power. I spent the morning in this safe room with 5 women giving birth. There were curtains between each of the beds for privacy, but it didn't help one bit with the sound. Needless to say, I was scarred; it's a miracle we had two more kids :)


  6. mmm, I've had those, wouldn't wish it upon anyone, get well soon


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