The urologist has an unpleasant way of cheerfully smiling while giving you bad news. I'm calling him Dr. Sardonic.
I have two kidney stones, that's why this infection was particularly painful. He wants to break them in pieces and leave a stent for five days so the pieces will come out on their own. During those five days, I'd be very uncomfortable and urinating frequently.
I'd miss many work days. As a contractor, I don't get sick leave, though getting paid is the least of my worries. It bothers me that I might be giving the impression of being an unhealthy person that constantly misses work. When I was interviewed, they asked me why I had left my previous job, and I mentioned health problems as the main cause without giving too many details. I could tell there was a concern about me being healthy enough for this position, and I assured them I was. But this new situation certainly does not help.
I spoke to my primary care physician, Dr. Nice, and according to him there's no need to rush this. Since I am no longer in pain, he thinks the one stone causing all the trouble has passed already. As for the second stone, he says I can deal with it when in acts up, but for now it's small enough that there is no need to do this.
So, no procedure, for now.
As for my missing period, no luck, Dr. Nice wants me to call Dr. Mediocre. Ugh.