On Wednesday, May 8, at about 7:30 PM I began to feel the most intense pain I have ever experienced in my life. My wife called our local medical center and asked for an emergency vehicle to be sent to our home. In a matter of minutes an EMS vehicle and two medical personnel arrived. After some good advice from the personnel, my wife drove me to the medical center with the EMS vehicle following us on standby as we drove through town. At the medical center I was given an IV and received Toradol to ease my pain and, when that did not work, I was administered two doses of morphine. Fortunately the morphine did the job and my pain subsided. I stayed at the medical center overnight. The next day I was sent home with some pain meds and instructed to see a urologist as soon as possible as a CT scan indicated I had a large kidney stone stuck in my left ureter at the junction of my urinary bladder, and another group of very small stones still in my left kidney.
On Thursday, May 20, I met (wife was on the phone) with Dr. Jared Wallen at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, IN. Dr. Wallen was very cordial and immediately put us at ease. Dr. Wallen explored the various options as to how to deal with my kidney stones as he had thoroughly gone over my medical records and was knowledgeable about my problem before we met him. Obviously, he had done his homework and done it well! Dr. Wallen went over the various options associated with my fairly large kidney stone. He felt that by me drinking a great deal of water daily that the water might push the stone in my ureter into my bladder and then it would be excreted. He also “prescribed” me drinking four ounces of lemon juice daily so that new stones likely would not form and the small stones in my kidney might not be a problem.
When we found out that Dr. Wallen was a locum urologist (temporary urologist ), we were disappointed to learn that he would be returning to Florida to his practice at YOU & WEE Urologic Surgery & Wellness in Sarasota, Florida, and we would not see him again. An appointment was made to see another locum at Lutheran on June 8 (My stone had not passed). Alone, I met with the new locum, but was not impressed. I wanted to know what Dr. Wallen might recommend. I knew he was not coming back to Lutheran in Fort Wayne, and I was very frustrated that I was going to have to meet with yet another locum urologist on June 21 —three visits and three different urologists! The thought of that was very disconcerting! After my experience with the second urologist, I decided to call Dr. Wallen in Florida. He was not available, and I left a message on his answering service. In a few days, Dr. Wallen called me back and we discussed my kidney stone. I was reassured and regained confidence that Dr. Wallen was a great fit for dealing with my kidney stone problem. Dr. Wallen spent at least twenty minutes with me discussing my various options in dealing with the stone. I wanted to pay Dr. Wallen for our phone appointment either by insurance or personally if insurance would not cover the time he spent with me. He wanted no money. Dr. Wallen is the kind of doctor we all wish we could have on a permanent basis! He is an excellent doctor and a fine human being.
During our conversation, Dr. Wallen suggested I see Dr. Paul Arnold. As it turned out, the third doctor that I would meet with was Dr. Arnold. My appointment with him went well. He suggested I continue taking four ounces of lemon juice daily and drink lots of water. Hopefully, the stone will pass, but if not, I am confident in Dr. Arnold’s ability as a surgeon. The fact that Dr. Arnold was recommended by Dr. Wallen adds to my confidence in Dr. Arnold.