ON A PERSONAL NOTE: Friends, if you've got sharp, uncontrollable pain on the side of your lower back, radiating to the front where it feels kinda like constipation and mostly like you'd like to die, and the nausea and pain has gotten to a point where you're wondering if you should go to the hospital—go to the hospital. You might have a kidney stone, as I learned two nights ago.
I say this not to attract your sympathy, even on the apparently-I-can't-drink-so-much-iced-tea-anymore front, but rather to relay a simple message: being macho is overrated. Doctors and nurses are good. They have morphine. It gets better.