So Very Sick
Good gracious, I have been So Very Sick. What started out with a bladder infection, ended up with a co-vid19 scare (other people scared of that, not so much me). Honestly, I have never gotten a bladder (or kidney) infection until about 2 years ago. Since my bladder sling, I’ve had 3 and they suck.
I have discovered that taking Cipro is like eating a tic-tac. A tic-tac that makes your pee orange. #GoodTimes As luck would have it, I have a dear from who is a Physician’s Assistant and when I contacted her, she was ready to help. Since I knew that Cipro didn’t work, we moved to Macrobid. Take it 2x a day, with food, for 12 days and it will clear it up. I did as I was told. Considering I trust only a handful of humans…she is one that I trust.
Do You Have a Doctor You Can Trust
It is easy, for some people, to trust those in authority, especially when it comes to our health. Me, however, not so much. I have an amazing doctor, that I have known for a long long time (think probably 10 years) personally and professionally. He has heard and seen some really difficult things in my life and the lives of my family. I have been known to show up at his house LOL. He’s a good one. When I can’t see him, his associate is a PA and is as brass and ballsy as I am. We have a good relationship and I’m sort of honest with him. The nurses there, I have an amazing friend/professional relationship.
I say all of this to say that I’m perfectly happy with my health care providers. Yet, there are some things I never ever talk to them about. They will never get near my girl parts and I will not discuss those parts with these men. I mentioned it once and I giggled at the beads of sweat forming on his forehead. He would do whatever I needed…I just wanted to make him squirm. We both got a good laugh out of it.
Girl Parts Doctor
I did meet a great dr who did my hysterectomy and my bladder sling. So kind and I used about 80% of my words with him. He was good and did a great job on my surgeries, but he left that practice. Then, I remembered my friend who dabbles in a little bit of everything. One, late night, we were texting about a book I wanted her to read. I divulged my pain and some other “girly” issues I was having and she was a wealth of knowledge.
She is just who I needed at that moment. God is good like that. She fixed me up. With my bladder infection, she prescribed Macrobid. She knows my drug allergies and this is not one of them. We thought it was safe and would take care of the issue.
Here’s the Thing
Since I went to our holistic dr in St. Augustine, my body is different. I have had more sensitivities to meds than I have EVER had before. These are meds I have taken for years and now, they make me feel “off”. Also, my hair falls out, I am lethargic, grouchy, and so on. The anti-depressant I took made me throw up for about 9 hrs. This is a med I had been on for several years before going to the holistic dr. So. Freaking. Strange.
With this going around, every single time I sneeze or cough people duck for cover. Listen, I have allergies. Really bad allergies…to cats…I have 12 cats, so 1 + 1 = 2. This time was different. I was down with the bladder infection, but it was manageable. I took my first dose and I started feeling nauseous. Almost like morning sickness. I powered through that moment. Honestly, I was just thinking that I didn’t take my meds with food. I was diligent after that.
I took it on a Wednesday night and Thursday morning I was dry heaving for the next 6 hours. It was awful. I had nothing on my stomach and couldn’t keep anything down. There were no other symptoms until my fever hit. That’s when my mom, other mom, and husband got worried. I had been nowhere, so I could not have been exposed. My symptoms were not consistent with Co-Vid19 symptoms and I was too sick to move.
I contacted my EMT friend, who has been treating a ton of these cases, and my PA and neither of them had a concern. Plus, I was fine the next day. Tired, but fine. Then Saturday, I was great. I didn’t take the meds on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday morning. I did take it Saturday night.
Come Sunday morning, everything returned. Dry heaving, stomach ache, and fever. This time, I added in shortness of breath. When I inhaled, I whistled. Once I could keep liquid down, I took a Zofran and a breathing treatment. Also, Tylenol every 4 hours. Sunday was horrible. Monday I was simply exhausted and by Tuesday, I was fine. It has taken me time to get my appetite back up.
We checked and I have all the symptoms of having a Macrobid allergic reaction. So, on a bright note, I had suffered through enough of the meds for my bladder infection to be gone. Also, I lost about 4 lbs. On a crappy note, I don’t really know what to do if (when) I get another bladder infection.
I’m going to get some cranberry gummies, I have been taking probiotics. Also, I’m drinking more water with lemon and cutting down on sugar. I don’t know how helpful that will be but it can’t hurt to try to prevent it. I’m very thankful it is not Co-Vid19. I have had friends that have had it and it is no fun.
Wash your hands, wear masks, be mindful of the elderly, immuno-compromised, and young people. Take care of yourself. I am on the mend and I’m thankful for that. Still, I’m resting more and really trying to listen to my body.
Hopefully, I can get back into blogging. Got lots on my mind…just a matter of if I can get it eloquently out of my fingertips.