Friday, August 8, 2008

Dirty, rotten concretions!


Amelia Earhart once said, "There are two kinds of stones, as everyone knows, one of which rolls." Unfortunately, my son Adam's kidney stones seem to be the non-rolling variety. They've managed to cause plenty of pain during the past 2 weeks but they don't appear to have any plans for rolling away anytime soon. We'll give it a bit longer but it's beginning to look like surgery is the next step.

I've featured Jay King on my blog in the past and he's become one of my favorite artists. I admire his talent and his wonderful sense of humor. When he heard that Adam was dealing with kidney stones, he created a polymer clay kidney stone just for him and labeled it a "dirty, rotten concretion." It gave us a much-needed laugh. Jay has quite a fan club and the comments under his daily Flickr offerings are almost as witty and wonderful as he is.


Although it clearly states at the top of this page that Imagine Uncommon Things is a blog about "polymer clay, creativity, rocks and other things", kidney stones aren't exactly the kind of rocks I had in mind when I wrote that. So many of you sent nice notes and left comments here when I talked about this last week and I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate all the good wishes you've sent to Adam.


I've had some requests to list my teaching schedule so I added a few upcoming classes right under my mug shot. You can drop me a line if you want info on the particulars for any of these events. I'll have more dates to add soon.

6 comments:

Clay Happy said...

He may not need surgery, Kim. Check out lithotripsy. They blast 'em with sound waves...

Kim Cavender said...

Unfortunately, his stones aren't in the right place for that. It works great if they're closer to the kidney though. His doctor is going to have to use a lazer if he can't grab them with a "basket."

lalg said...

I had kidney stones at 14 and the doctors were so amazed I kept having strange doctors come in just to look at me. Awful experience. I feel for him. I had surgery of course because there weren't any other options then anyway. He's not alone!!

lalg said...

Gosh darn, I forgot to say I loved the 'dirty, rotten concretion'! Everyone with kidney stones should have one of those too!!

Jay King said...

Thanks, Kim.
I sure hope Adam loses that booger soon.

Kim Cavender said...

Kidney stones may be a gift I gave him since almost every male relative of mine has had them at least once. Wish it would have been ME instead of him!