Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It's About Time and Maybe A Little TMI

So, uh. Sorry about not posting in a long time. A long, long, long time. But whatever.

Someday I might throw a picture or two up from our Christmas vacay, which was off the hizzay. But for now I will tell you a story.
If I had to choose between having my foot run over and a urinary tract infection, I would gladly prostrate my size nines under the tire of any vehicle. Unfortunately, I don't get to pick. And so it was that today I went in to the doctor's office.

U.T.I.'s are pretty obvious. And if you ever have one, you won't forget what it feels like to pee battery acid. The last time I had one of these lovely little episodes the doctor told me to buy AZO and keep it on hand to relieve the pain in case I got another one. Gladly, I took his advice. And gladly, I took some last night so that I could survive until I my appointment this morning. That stuff is a blessing. I slept like a baby.

So I went to the doctor this morning, peed in a cup, and waited patiently for the on-call doctor (not my regular guy). He came in and promptly announced that I didn't have a urinary tract infection. "What?", I said. "Are you sure?"
Apparently, this is not something you should say to a doctor.

"Hop on the table then," he sighed. After squishing my innards around for a little while and me saying, "Yup, that's tender," he sat back down and looked at the lab report. I could see he was frustrated, and so was I.

So I said, "I took some Azo last night to relieve the pain and chills and it worked, so that was another reason why I thought I had a UTI."

He looked at me like I was an idiot and said the following:

"The next time you have a UTI, wait until you can bring us a sample before taking any medicine for it. It screws up our tests."

With that he wrote me a prescription for antibiotics, again told me to never take medicine before giving a urine sample, told me he would retest, and bid me farewell.

It wasn't that he was rude, because really he wasn't. But I just have to wonder if he's ever had a UTI. Somehow...I don't think he has.

Wait to take pain medication he says. You try having razor blades in your ureters, buddy. You try it real good.


Kaylynn said...

Nice to have you back. The last time I had a UTI, they gave me the wrong medicine, so it took forever to heal.

Kjersti said...

Makes the tests harder to read, yes. Makes it look like you don't have an infection when you do?! No. Unless his MA is LAME. But I'm glad you got some antibiotics! Welcome back! I've missed your blogs!

Jack & Lindsay Chang said...

Oh, I am so sorry! I understand the pain...it's awful. Just continue taking vitamin c tablets and drinking gallons of cranberry juice. Get well soon!

Liv said...

Oh my gosh. Lame.

Take care of yourself. Don't let more DRs boss you around.

Leslie said...

OUCH! I have too many of these. Weren't we just talking about this a few days ago?
I hope you get feeling better soon! And in my ignorance, what is AZO? I need to get some. And what kind of doctor tells you not to take something that will take that kind of pain away? Oh yeah, a male doctor who has never experienced peeing daggers. Oh well, thank heavens they are there to write the prescriptions even if they don't listen to you.
Love you tons!

Abby said...

Les, Azo is the BOMB. It is available over the counter and is specifically for urinary pain. It's the stuff that makes your pee turn BRIGHT orange. You used to need a prescription for it, but you don't anymore. And yes, we were talking about this just the other day. Cursed things.

And thanks for the warm welcome back everyone. You guys are neato.

Abby said...

Here is AZO's website. They also have test strips so you can test at home and then call your doctor, who will probably test you anyway.


turleybenson said...

I love your blog.

I love it real good.