Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Be warned...sick and whiny

I try not to complain too much. I leave the complaining to the rest of my family. I seriously try to maintain an upbeat attitude, most days. If I have nothing good to say, I stay quiet. But today has just pushed my bitchy buttons. So here is a little background...

It took us like 9 hours to drive North and visit my parents last Friday with stop and go traffic on all major highways (normally the drive takes 4.5 or 5 hours tops.) There were a good number of rest stops in the first half of our drive, but I didn't need to go then. The last half, not so much. So I held it. I know, Jerry Seinfeld has always said that's a bad idea. I was hurting bad by the time we got to my parents house. Saturday morning (here is where things start to get icky, so you might want to skim) I woke to cloudy urine. It stayed cloudy all day and into Sunday. Luckily our drive home didn't take as long and I made sure to go when I needed to, mostly. But I felt like I needed to go...a lot. By Monday my urine was pink and it was getting painful to, er, empty things out.

Ruh roh. I knew what that meant. A urinary tract infection or infection in my bladder. Swell.

Memorial Day in the ER? No way, Jose. So I just suffered silently and waited until Tuesday to call the doctor. Did I call on Tuesday? No. The pain was getting steadily worse and my pee was still very pink. But John was in NY working and I had to pick up Tyler at school. Since my Doctor's office never seems to take people on time, and I'd have to bring Max with me, I decided to wait. Then, Tuesday night, just cause my body can't have one thing wrong at a time, I get my period. Swell. Now I am bleeding from two spots. What's next? Nose bleeds?

This morning I call the doctor's office. I tell the bulldog receptionist my problem and can the doctor please just call in a prescription for an antibiotic? I know it's a UTI, I say. I've had them before. I beg. I plead. Oh no no no, she can't pass that message on. I MUST see the doctor. Can I come now? No. John has his own medical thing scheduled and I need to be available to pick up both boys today. So I made an appointment for tomorrow afternoon. God forbid the doctor miss out on his office visit fee. The pain has been excruciating. I came close to just going to the ER tonight.

After taking 8 Advil in less than 8 hours, I decided I had to do something desperate. I found 3 pills from an old prescription I had for an infection last summer. I took one. I plan to take another at bedtime and another in the morning. I'll bring the bottle to the doctor and confess. I have a feeling it will mess up his urine test (like having my period won't do that anyway) but I was beyond caring. I took Aleve too, just to give my liver something new to work on. Over the counter pain meds have barely made a dent. But that one antibiotic helped. I am feeling better now! It still hurts like hell to pee, but I haven't had to go as often. Thank goodness!

So I will probably get yelled at tomorrow for doing all the wrong things. But I wouldn't have had to do it if the doctor's office would just have had a little SYMPATHY! I'd totally come in too, but just give me the damn antibiotics! I wouldn't ask for them if I didn't really NEED them. Honestly. It's not like I'm asking for narcotics. This is a med Walmart gives away for free! *sigh* Ah well. We'll see what happens.

3 comments:

Donna said...

Next time you can't get right to the Dr. with a UTI, go to Walmart and pick up some AZO. It is over the counter, and will relieve some of the symptoms. I'm sure you already know that you need to force down quarts of water for a UTI.

Unknown said...

Okay, so where do I begin! You should NEVER wait that long because a kidney infection (far worse than a UTI) is more dangerous, painful, and requires, at times, IV antibiotics. Most doctors will NOT call in a Rx based on the patients personal diagnosis. Bad practice. I know, it sucks but you can thank all the insurance companies and lawyers for that one. AZO is fine for quick temporary relief of symptoms but people get into trouble thinking they are okay when in fact the infection sans symptoms in lurking within. Lots of fluids (especially in the summer...always more UTI diagnosis then) and cranberry juice is a good rule of thumb but again, never a cure. I understand you had reasons for waiting but sometimes waiting in the ER can prevent admission to the hospital!
Love, your RN friend:)
Donna H

Dawn said...

Hi Becky, It's been a while since I dropped in to say hello. The boys have grown a lot. Hope you are feeling better. Dawn