Virtually friends…

So apparently my body is trying to tell me to slow down. On Monday it crashed hard.

I had been feeling sick since Friday but thought it was food posioning or the flu. Sunday I was feeling better, went to church and what not, woke up Monday and started throwing up again. Then, later that morning I felt so awful I asked my parents to take me into the ER.

Long story short, there’s a kidney stone that’s blocking one of the entry ways into my kidney. This blockage caused an infection that could kill off that area of my kidney. The doctors at the hospital I went to couldn’t remove the stone themselves and there’s a long waiting list for the hospital they wanted to send me to. So Tuesday evening they were talking about putting a tube in to drain that part of my kidney until I can get the surgery. I said no to the tube, especially after they warned me one of the risks would be the infection spreading to my lungs.  So I have antibodics, pain meds and the like and I’m trying to figure out what to do next. I am amazed that such a huge hospital with a urologist couldn’t remove a kidney stone. Apparently it’s harder than I had thought it to be. I’ve been resting and drinking fluids and the like, so thoughts and prayers can be directed towards the next step and figuring out what it is.

It’s times like these though that I really appreciate and love my virtual friends. I came back to my computer today after a long absence to find worried emails, thoughts, care and and amazing outpouring of love and support. Thankfully my friend Kim was able to post over at my LJ about what was going on.

I had been in a conversation a couple weeks ago about social media and being online and blah blah blah. A large percentage of people apparently don’t like getting on the computer after being on it all day at work. And part of me can understand that. But a huge amount of people, like myself, have a vast network of friends, “business” relationships and the like that exist in an entirely virtual setting. I am not sure what I’d do without that network. And anyone who laughs at the idea of having virtual friends has no idea what they’re missing – my friends have been the most supportive, loving, giving and “there for you” people you could ever meet. I really appreciate and love them for that.

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One Comment

  1. Posted July 26, 2007 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Amen my BTF! I have one or two virtual friends that are my closest confidants. Having an online network only opens doors to finding those extra souls to match your own. 🙂

    Love you, and my thoughts are definitely with you to get through this time. You need to be well by September, for sure! 😉

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