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The short version of a very complicated issue

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Over the last 3 months I have had a couple serious medical issues come up, most were dealt with quickly but last week I had an issue that I thought was a case of "kidney stones", and I thought it like Kansas City's playoff hopes would quickly pass.  Well by Thursday the pain was severe enough that I didn't go to work, but tried to work from home, that evening I found myself in so much pain that I feared I would pass out (I have a high pain tolerance, so it was nasty bad) and I called an ambulance to take me to the hospital, I didn't care which one.

The crew of ambulance did a quick job of driving and getting my vitals and starting the first of many IV's. The reality was that "kidney stones" were not to blame and my system for still not clear reason had gone into Acute Renal Failure.  16 plus IV's of liquids, 4 IV's of antibiotics, 21 pain shots (1 bad loratab pill), over 20 blood pulls, 28 other shots and 5 days in the University of Utah hospital, and I am now home.  There is still a very long recovery path for me, one that will impact me for the rest of the year.

I have only gotten 3-4 hours of sleep since Thursday night, so I am going to bed now and will probably sleep most of Tuesday as well.  I will then be working from home for the rest of this week until I go back for some evaluation and follow-up on Friday morning.  I will try to put together a couple posts this week but I am not going to make any promises.  I want to thank the many readers and other SB Nation writers who joined my many other friends in expressing concern and offering to help.  If you want to help out this week, I would be greatly in your debt, just create a fan post, see the link on the right hand side of the page, and I will post it up to the main page.

thanks again to all of you who offered so much support, you simply have no idea how much it meant to me to get texts, emails, and tweets from all of you.  I honestly believe I would still be in the hospital for the rest of the week if it hadn't been for all the support.

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