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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Names

As a result of a comment by Helen on my last post I decided to name my recalcitrant  and unmoving kidney stone. The name I gave it was Cal. I thought it was quite a clever name and that I could get a blog post out of it. Helen immediately noticed the most obvious link for an Isle of Lewis kidney stone: Cal as in Callanish Stones. Fortunately it's only 5mm and not 5 metres. However there was also another thing in my mind. What is a common ingredient of kidney stones? Calcium. In addition Cal as a male name means 'devotion'. Given how difficult it is proving to get rid of the little chap I'm convinced that he's become devoted to me.

Fi suggeated Calculi. I didn't realise that urinary calculi are solid particles in the urinary system. Fiona is a vet so she saw a genuine meaning that I missed.

The Callanish Stones, Isle of Lewis

27 comments:

  1. Yes, you made a good post out of it and learned more than you thought.

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  2. In the film version of "East of Eden", Cal was played by James Dean. I bet he never thought he'd have a small Liverpudlian kidney stone named after him.

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  3. I did wonder after I commented if the name was related to calcium so I'm pleased you've blogged the full story.

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    1. Thanks, Helen. There must be endless possibilities for naming things. I still haven't managed to name the Volvo though.

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  4. Cal is a clever name, you learn something new every day :-)

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    1. As they say, Amy, "Every day is a school day."

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  5. I immediately thought of Calcium so it's very fitting although I think Cal is perhaps too friendly a name for such a pest. I like your photo of the Callanish stones, I'll have to look them up

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    1. You're right Kylie. It's not a friendly object but it is part of me for the time being.

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  6. Always a good idea to give things a name. I am glad you have personified your stone as something quite friendly. As long as you don't start feeling rather sorry to get rid of him when the time comes....

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    1. Absolutely no chance of that at all, Jenny: the sooner the better.

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  7. 'Tis good to name things, including kidney stones. I'm sure you add more colourful names to them when in private, too. :)

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    1. Well, Lee, I might not have shouted them out loud But I'm sure there are those who would be shocked if they could read my thoughts.

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  8. Those standing stones are spectacular. I hadn't seen them before, there's so much in the world that we all have yet to discover.

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    1. Cro, they are very special, large and, unlike Stonehenge, you can walk in amongst them. We have quite a few stone circles and the like on the Island.

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  9. Very restrained. I know what I'd call it were it mine.

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    1. I'm sure I can imagine, Adrian, and I'm pretty sure I've used some of those names too.

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  10. It would never occur to me to name something like that, but I find the idea intriguing and of course the explanation of "Cal" and what it can mean very interesting.
    If I'd have to name my left eye, it would be Troublemaker or something like that!

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    1. I can well imagine, Meike, that naming body parts isn't something you, and the majority of people, are likely to do.

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  11. This must mean that the stone is out, which is great news. How are you, Graham? (I wasn't allowed to keep the head of my femur, although I thought it belonged to me and was quite annoyed.)

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    1. No, Frances, the stone is still very much embedded in my kidney and resisting all attacks upon it.

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  12. Ah, the Callanish stones... isn't it amazing how some stones inspire awe and admiration, and others inspire frustration and pain? A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but stones by other names certainly hold a different meaning.

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    1. Very poetic Mrs S. A friend and I had intended to go over to Callanish for lunch this week but circumstances managed to conspire against us.

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  13. I'm glad you don't have a kidney stone as big as those Callanash Stones. I also hope it doesn't stay as long as those stones have stayed there. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Diane. Hopefully it will be gone before next year......I really hope.

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