hello it's me Ellen, icklenellierose, with the greatest type of YouTube video
ever: the "why I haven't made a video in ages" video
I'm sorry to bring yet another one of these types of videos to you
but I have two good reasons why and those are
my kidneys! For those of you that don't know, I have a really weird genetic disorder called
cystinuria and I made a video about it which I will link to here & if it is not there
it will be done in the description but it basically means I've got a chemical
in my kidneys that means I create a super rare special type
kidney stone YAAAAAAAAAY
and because I was ill over Christmas, throwing up a lot,
that meant I was really dehydrated so I've now got stones
that I'm kinda suffering the fallout from that basically
this horrible Domino affect and
So a couple weeks ago on a Monday morning I went into A&E going
I've got a kidney stone
blocking my kidney, because I know, 'cause it's really painful but
it took them three days to believe me because
they don't show up on scans very well and it wasn't until I had a CT scan that
the doctor looking after me was like "yeah
yeah, your left kidney's blocked" at which I was like
I know I've been telling you that for THREE DAYS
but anyway I digress. Because I had this stone blocking my left kidney
I had to have a special operation called a ureteroscopy
what a ureteroscopy is, is they get really really long wire with a little camera on the
end, and a "frickin' laser beam" cuz I have to say it like that
and, one of the best things - it's crappy having kidney stones -
but it is really cool when people ask me about what operations I've have and things
and I say "laser" and they always have to go
into a Doctor Evil impression
AND IT'S THE BEST THING, EVER.
it doesn't quite make up for having crappy kidneys
but it is very funny saying the word laser
and then everyone around you going "laserrrr"
now they take this camera and "laser"
and they stick it up your pee hole
it's not the most glamourous of operations
not that operations are glamourous, but it's just like,
*sigh* renal system... mmm...
and this is a procedure that I've had done many many times
so I seriously have no idea
how many people have seen my vagina
*laughs* I don't know
I'm sorry if I've thrown anyone off with that really weird piece of information
but once you've been in hospital so many times your inhibitions
with certain things just go down so these weird facts that you'd
never thought that you'd ever tell anyone, you decide to just put on the Internet
'cause why the hell not?
It's fine, it's just body parts, it doesn't matter!
it's just funny and weird
it's just like, yeah, whatever *laughs*
also, fun fact, the best accent to say that word in is Brummie:
Vagina *giggles childishly*
"what did you do this week, Ellen?" "well I said the word vagina on the Internet"
"Ooo good!" *pained noises*
anyway, back on track: they went in and they blasted the stone with the
laser and they also put in a thing called a Stent, which is a hollow plastic tube
that goes from your kidney down to your bladder so that your kidney can drain
'cause that's what causes the pain - it all swells up and...oww.
so I got out on Friday. On the sunday because I was
ill before and during Christmas I missed out on my family Christmas party
with my family in the Midlands, so we had a Christmas party in February
because why the hell not?! And then when I came home, I was a bit knackered,
so I stayed in bed for a couple days playing far cry
it was cool, and then I was like "YEAH, back to it!"
got back into doing a couple of things. Thursday night, saw my friends
and then when I was there I was like "OWW" on my right side
which was GREAT. So I left early, didn't tell anyone apart from one person
'cause I didn't want them all worrying about me
went home, it got so painful that I had to go into A&E again
the thing that really kicked me into going to A&E was I was peeing quite a lot of
blood, which freaked me out. So 1 o'clock on a Friday morning
a week after I previously got out of hospital I was back in A&E and they kept me in
and they just kept an eye on me, I was okay
they let me out on the Saturday so I spent Valentine's Day
in hospital, but Valentine's evening I spent at home
eating fried chicken and catching up on Charlie Brooker, so that was
not so bad. However on the Friday evening there was a woman in my ward who was
a fairly loud snorer and meant that I got very little sleep
any play you a snippet of what I had to listen to
*LOUD SNORING & hospital machines*
So yeah, that's why I've been a little bit quiet recently because
stuff happens to me like that because yay.
it's one reason why I'm like "FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA" I'm not
desperately trying to get my numbers up on social media, it's just so I can be like
I'm not dead! yaaay! I've not abandoned you
But yeah, I've got a couple of follow-up appointments, might need another operation
or two... yay... but fingers crossed
I won't be rushed into A&E again anytime soon
because its really annoying and it gets in the way of things slightly
so annoying trying to get your life on track, but your body's like "NOPE"
I'm sure there are loads of you out there who will feel exactly the same
and to you, you have my complete empathy and sympathy
and HIGH FIVE we can do it!
but anyway, thanks for watching, thanks for listening, more videos soon, and also
I've decided that this little guy
is gonna be "Sir Pugsley Pugglesworth" because
that's a couple of names that came up that were adorable
so yeah. Or "Dave"...
hey everyone it's the Q&A video that I promised like ages ago
because I hit 20000 subscribers and then I kinda disappeared - if you wanna know why I disappeared
you'd better watch my previous vlog and that'll kinda explain a few things, but in the meantime
let's answer some questions!