Dr. Smith called around 5:45pm yesterday (2/15/07) and informed us that I do not have a hole in my bladder. I DO have a hole or tear in my left ureter tube (the tube that leads from my left kidney to the bladder). The ureter is the source of my leak. Since the problem doesn’t involve my bladder I am heading to the doctors to get my catheter removed. However, I am still having my ‘sudden and unflattering urination urges’ from my bladder and I am still leaking out my vagina. Those leaks will continue until Dr. Smith or Dr. Bales can fix the problem. Dr. Smith is going out of town today and will not be back until a week from Tuesday. He has referred us to another urologist, Dr. Bales that practices out of the University of Chicago (Hospital). To do the surgery, they will go through the same hysterectomy incision. Dr. Smith or Dr. Bales while inside will explore my kidneys and my bladder to make sure they are working fine, as well as fix my ureter tube. Lynn and I are now trying to decide all of our options as to doctors, hospitals, and a date for the surgery.