Sorry to hear that man. Kidney stones are prominent in my family, but I hope I bypasses me. My dad passed one on the golf course in a Porta John once. Apparently his scream was heard on about every hole.
Hang in there. It's not easy.
I have had some set backs this year, physically. Stuff, though not real serious, but has shut down my physical activities. Stuff that has kept me off the golf course for extended periods of time.
Last week was another adventure into getting older. Woke up at 1:30am last wednesday to stomach pains and other nasty stuff associated with a belly ache. Couldn't keep anything down.
Although I am married to a doctor, my wife was back east at a funeral. She did say go to the ER after a few questions.
On Friday I go to the local ER. It was finally getting obvious to my no longer bullet proof brain, that I was not getting better.
After 7 hours of IV bags, 31 different medical tests, pain killers, and other assorted medical stuff, the answer came back that I was passing one or more kidney stones. Those of you who have done this have a decent idea what a woman feels like at child birth.
However the stones were not the serious part. What was serious was I had becomes seriously dehydrated, which had a lot to do with the stones moving. Imagine that. Me, a life long desert rat getting dehydrated.
I guess the main point of this post is to remind folks to watch what they eat and drink. Spicy junk foods, and soda (wife was gone) at the local race book, with my Buds, just doesn't get it done. Especially as we get older.
I am not out of the woods with these stones yet according the urologist I visted this morning. Restricted diet, lots of water, and pain pills is my current life style. Tomorrow I go to see another specialist on what might help determine other causes of the dehydration in the first place.
No golf either for an unspecified amount of time.
It's never going to be a perfect system. It's better if tournaments are flighted so that everyone is competing against others with similar handicaps. I used to be in a league where I was playing matches that I had to give higher HCs 2 strokes on some holes. If they made a natural bogey on a hole, I had to eagle it to win. I'm not sure how things were calculated, but something seemed really off about the system.