in a pickle

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What does the idiom in a pickle mean?

If you are in a pickle, you are in a difficult position, or have a problem to which no easy answer can be found. The word ‘pickle’ comes from the Dutch word ‘pekel’, meaning ‘something piquant’, and originally referred to a spiced, salted vinegar that was used as a preservative.

I heard I am ‘in a pickle’.

In my post ‘Inspection, Procedure & Follow-up‘, I wrote the following –

I had another appointment with my urologist this past Wednesday.

Dr. F. viewed the results of the IVP procedure and it was determined there is no blockage in my ureter from my right kidney.  There will be no stent inserted into my ureter prior to my next surgery.  Dr. F. indicated the cancer and scar tissue are very close to the ureter opening.  Upon my next surgery Dr. F. will insert a temporary stent in my ureter, then remove the cancer and scar tissue, then remove the stent.

In today’s post, I write the following –

That last appointment with Dr. F., I was sitting in a patient room alone.  Gary usually comes with me on my visits, but this particular day, he was taking care of business related to selling the home.  I sat there alone in the room and I could hear voices outside the door.  Across the room I was in, is a small enclave that has desks and computers.  I could hear Dr. F’s. voice and I heard the words “Terry is in a pickle.”

Umm, what does he mean by that?  I found out later that he had been viewing the CD of my IVP test.  I think ‘in a pickle’ is referring to the flow of my urine looking good from my right kidney to my bladder.  But, the cancer and scar tissue are very near my ureter opening.  This is the reason for the temporary stent.

My bladder continues to burn, my urination process is painful and the blood clots are more frequent and getting larger.  My lower right back pain continues with pain and is strong at night.  At this time, it is difficult to sleep in the bed as lying flat increases the pain in my lower back.  Most of the night I am in a recliner and trying to get some reasonable sleep.  Don’t forget, I am usually up every hour to go pee.


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Yesterday I received the date; the date for the next surgery.  My surgery will be June 29th, a week from tomorrow. After speaking with Dr. F. yesterday, most likely the stent that will be inserted first upon surgery will not be removed for at least 2 weeks. Again another biopsy will take place on the new cancer growth to determine if it has grown further into the wall of my bladder.  Remember with my last biopsy, it was determined the cancer had NOT grown into my bladder wall, but HAD grown into the connective layer outside my bladder lining.

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    • Thank you Paula, yes I do find some happiness in my days. Honestly I am not looking forward to surgery, because I know what to expect and not everything about it is pleasant. But I know all will be good afterwards. Thanks for your kind comment, hope your day is wonderful! 🙂

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    • Thank you for your support and kind words. Yes, I will be strong, I know this phase will be over soon and exciting things are to come soon. Have a happy day my friend! 🙂


  1. Hi T-liking this post well not really but wanted to acknowledge. It would have been better if the Doctor and Nurse (or whomever) did not discuss whether you are in a pickle or not-I would not personally enjoy hearing that outside a room??? I recall my Mom saying that many years ago to my Oldest brother in reference to his automobile. She rarely says it anymore. I know you will be pain free soon though T-hang in there all will be okay my friend. Sending hugs and good thoughts your way!!! xx

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  2. Terry , as always wishing you well 🙂
    Another hurdle to jump over . Hoping a lot of sweetness will come after all these pickles 🙂
    As for the doctors why can’t they get into their heads that we do overhear them and without the full context we tend to play these crazy and scary scenarios on our heads , most of the times unfounded ?
    May I suggest a hot water bottle – but not too hot don’t go scalding yourself , or get your skin all red and blotchy like I did 😦 – that you apply to your right side where it hurts . Sometimes it helps and even if it’s summer it gets a bit cooler at nights and it’s when we’re finally sitting or trying to sleep that it tends to nag us more 🙂
    Hugs ❤

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  3. 😦 I haven’t been commenting too much, but I AM reading. My sympathies and hope for the best of outcomes. And I wondered something? With the continued pain in your back and the other symptoms (being attributed to the cancer)…has the doctor checked your kidneys? I’m concerned, because that’s where the pain usually centers when trouble of that nature is involved…but I’m also sure the doc has the bases covered three times. You take care Terry, and know we’re all rooting for you!! ❤

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    • The doctor seems to think it is not the kidney but some restriction of urine from the kidney to my bladder. This is the reason for the stent, because the cancer and scar tissues are very close to the opening. I do notice when the pain increases in my bladder that it radiates into my kidney. I am hoping this next surgery will take care of all of this – we shall find out soon. Thanks dear for reading and commenting – I know you have a lot going on also, and my thoughts are will you as well. Hope you are better with each passing day. 🙂


  4. Bummer about the pain….but yeah on the upcoming surgery date…and in a week….YAY…the sooner you get this done the sooner your onto recovery mode and on to your new life…..I twirled for you last night my friend….the moon was behind the clouds and was never able to see the beautiful solstice orb but, the beams where coming through the clouds…its was beautiful nevertheless so twirl I did!!!! sending you healing energy…..kat

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  5. Hugs Terry….oh I wish this was all over for you, and that you could be fully recovered now. Not being able to sleep properly must be awful, let alone having to get up frequently, and the pain. One week to go, and then all will be heading in the right direction…. I want you well. You are dealing with all this like a real trooper. Sending you strength, love and hugs. Have a wonderful day. x

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    • Thank you Lynne, I am feeling your strength, love and hugs already! Another week and then the recovery for about a week, then all will be good. So much taking place right now, but soon things will calm down some. Happy day to you my friend! 🙂

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  6. Oh – Terry – wishing for July 29th to come quickly, alleviate your pain, and be successful with a full recovery. In the meantime, let’s cherish the good moments – recognizing and celebrating them! Sending HUGS and love from Mars!

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  7. Your doctor is very informative about precisely what is going on and what he intends to do. That would make me hopeful that he will try his best to get you more comfortable after this surgery. I will be thinking of you and sending my usual fairy dust, kisses and hugs. Fingers crossed for a successful outcome. K x

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    • Thank you Kerry, Dr. F. seems to know his stuff, he is not the most personable person, but I do believe he is a good doctor. I appreciate your thoughts and all the good stuff that comes with it! Hope your day is going well for you. 🙂

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      • I struggle with my doctors who are not touchy feely but you have to get the right man for the job. I endlessly research my doctors like a mad stalker. 🙂 I was volunteering today so am writing to you from my boudoir…

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  8. Good luck, Terry, I hope you get some relief very soon. I use heated lavender and wheat bags on my back. It is the only thing I use a microwave for! Raw ginger preferably juiced (with other veg and fruit of your choosing) taken several times a day may help reduce any inflammation, or even as tea. Thinking of you. 🙂

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    • Thank you Chris, I will certainly look into your suggestions. I am hoping once the surgery is over, the pain will subside and all will be well again. I appreciate you and your support. Happy day my friend! 🙂

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  9. Pleased to see you have a date, thinking of you and hope all goes well, you have more dancing to do in your garden!
    (By the way “in a pickle” is a very common saying in England,) My grandmother was always in a pickle or at least that’s what she use to say !

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  10. Take care of yourself, eat your favorite treats, rest, laugh and get to feeling better soon! I’ll be sending healing thoughts your way 😊

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  11. I’m glad you now have your surgery date and hopefully this will alleviate the pain you have been experiencing and enable you to really start to move forward with your life and goals. That’s horrible that you overheard the doctor speaking about you, although I know doctors have to discuss with colleagues to get advice/ second opinions etc, but they should be professional about it and make sure the patient and also others in the waiting room don’t overhear them. Mmmm I wonder what my doctors say about me! I have 4 consultants and 1 GP that I see on a regular basis, so I must be the source of many ” interesting “conversations…. Lol. For pain have you tried using a pregnancy pillow, they are kinda v- shaped and really good for helping find a comfortable position whilst sleeping. Keep positive, keep smiling and laughing and hope you manage to find something enjoyable each day to take your mind of the pain. Take care xx

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    • The doctor has good intentions and did not mean anything bad about the comment, I think he is just concerned how to handle my situation. I have not tried a pregnancy pillow, I have recently been using two pillows to help me be in a more comfortable position and that has helped some. Appreciate you reading and commenting, have a happy day! 🙂

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