Anna Kendrick shared some sweet words about the nurses and doctors who helped her through kidney stone removal
Kidney stones are an awful, awful ordeal (if you want proof, just watch this clip from Friends). Anna Kendrick had her first experience with kidney stones and sent out some kind words to the hospital staff, thanking them for helping her during such a painful, scary time. She also offered an important reminder about paying attention to pains in your body and not just shrugging them off as nothing.
First up – a quick primer on kidney stones. They’re hard deposits made out of minerals and salts and they form on the inner lining of the kidneys. Symptoms include blood in urine, throwing up, and fever. Also, the removal process can be very, very painful. Kendrick took to Twitter to thank the hospital staff who helped her through the whole difficult experience.
“I need to give a shout out to the Atlanta doctors and nurses who helped me through my first experience with kidney stones when I was at my most vulnerable and terrified,” she wrote. “Especially the truly wonderful ladies: Renee, Sandra, Muriel, Beverly, Ashley, Nina, Callie.”
So, I need to give a shout out to the Atlanta doctors and nurses who helped me through my first experience with kidney stones when I was at my most vulnerable and terrified. Especially the truly wonderful ladies: Renee, Sandra, Muriel, Beverly, Ashley, Nina, Callie, and...— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 1, 2019
She also wanted to thank a young woman whose name started with an “L” but she couldn’t quite remember because it was right before she was given the “heavy shit” that put her under. “You laughed at my tired ass ‘If I die, clear my search history’ joke and I appreciate that,” Kendrick wrote.
…the young woman whose name started with “L”?? I can’t remember… in fairness, you were one of the people giving me the heavy shit right before I went under… but you laughed at my tired ass “If I die, clear my search history” joke and I appreciate that.— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) February 1, 2019
The actress added that she was initially concerned the pain she was experiencing would wind up being “nothing serious” or something that she could have just pushed through. “I’m so grateful to these women,” Kendrick concluded. “Even if we only interacted for a moment, know that the attention and kindness you give your patients is so appreciated.”
The Twitterverse came together to lament how awful kidney stones are and how happy they are that Kendrick is feeling better. Also, some noted that they also worried that their pain was “nothing serious” before getting an official diagnosis.
I've had two kidney stones and they're not fun. The nurses are honestly superheros in disguise and I genuinely am disgusted at how little they're paid.— 🏴💖Wee Scottish Lass💖🏴 (@MoscoMoon) February 2, 2019
My ramblings included: "why do bad things happen to good people?"
Hope you're feeling better Anna 💖💖💖💖💖💖💖💖
I have chronic pain, and didn’t realize it for 23 years, because it was ingrained in me that I was just weak and lazy.— jessie not jessica (@jeez_itz) February 1, 2019
Anna, I feel you on so many levels. I had my first bout of kidney stones earlier this month while I was in the newsroom and thought it to be "nothing serious" until I was in agony for 4 days straight ...without stopping wishing for it to end. I hope your recovery goes well! 💕💕— Meagan Falcon (@meaganfalcon) February 2, 2019
THIS. I went through my entire pregnancy with a severely sick gallbladder and it wasn’t diagnosed until after my son was born. Doctors just kept telling me pregnancy was uncomfortable and to suck it up. Ended up with emergency surgery when I had a 4 week old.— Siobhan (@redheadedwitch) February 2, 2019
It’s actually not all that surprising that women underestimate the pain they’re experiencing. A recent Yale University study found that adults were less likely to believe that a child was in pain if that child was a girl. The study’s authors concluded that “explicit gender stereotypes — for example, that boys are more stoic or girls are more emotive might be at play.”
“We really hope that these findings will lead to further investigation into the potential role of biases in pain assessment and health care more generally,” said Joshua Monrad, one of the study’s authors, said. “…Any biases in judgments about pain would be hugely important because they can exacerbate inequitable health care provision.”
Yikes. A big thank you to Anna Kendrick for sharing her story and giving us all an important reminder about gender and pain biases.