Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Thankful for Small Town Doctors and my Hubby

   



   Last night, as I went to bed, I had some symptoms that made me feel like I could be getting a UTI.  I took some cranberry pills, like I usually do when I feel like this, and called it good thinking that it would resolve itself like it usually does.  To be perfectly honest, I had been having symptoms off and on for the past week and a half, but last night was bad.  I stupidly waited until last night to start with the cranberry pills too.  Not one of my more stellar moments.

   This morning I woke up had even more symptoms, ones that I had never had before.  Judging by those symptoms (blood in my urine), I knew I needed to get into the doctor to see if it was a UTI or possibly kidney stones.  I called and they were able to get me in at 11a.m. today because they are awesome like that.  I also fasted to make sure they could do a blood draw because I cold not remember when my last one was done to check my thyroid and cholesterol levels.  As the morning went on, my urine cleared and got back to normal looking, but I kept my appointment.  Sure enough, I have a UTI and my doctor told me it can sometimes cause blood in the urine...that was new to me.  I did not need a blood draw after all, but will in November. I'm now on medication for the infection and am praying this "heaviness" I am feeling will go away soon.

   As for the hubby, well that man got up after only a few hours of sleep to take me to my appointment.  I was a bit light headed from the fasting and had a headache since I had not had my morning coffee either.  Plus, he is great moral support and I honestly did not know what I was dealing with for sure.  I tend to freak out a bit (ok, a lot) when medical things are "unknown" and he keeps me calm.  We opted to get my perscription filled at the pharmacy across the street from the clinic in that tiny town and were so impressed with the customer service and friendliness there.  We will be using them again.  My hubby is now back asleep for a few hours before he has to get up again and head in for his bowling league tonight and to drop off some cherries with a friend.  Oh how I love that man who takes such good care of me and makes so many sacrifices to do so.

   The entire staff at the clinic we go to is amazing and so friendly.  Our doctor, whom we have known for years, has become a friend.  He was super supportive of my using my fitbit to try and figure out patterns for sleep and activity and how that affects my CFS and Fibromyalgia.  He thought it was a great idea and likes that I am being so proactive.  He also has been great about not trying to push medications on me for those conditions because he knows that I don't like to take them unless there is no other choice.  Oh, and another great blessing...we ran into a friend that I had not seen in person in years.  She and I keep in touch via facebook, but it was so good to get to share a hug and have a short visit.  I am so thankful for all these wonderful people in our lives.  

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  1. I have a hubby like that. They are a rare breed! I hope the meds work quickly and you are better soon.

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    1. Thanks Wendi, I'm so glad your hubby is the same way too. :)

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  2. Hope you are better quickly. Your husband is a sweetheart!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl, and I agree, he is! :)

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  3. I hope you are feeling better quickly. I've been getting these pretty often the last few years. I'm so sorry you had one pop up. So happy for you to have such a great doctor who is so encouraging and supportive. Same for your hubby too.
    Will be very interested to see what you learn with your fitbit.
    My first night with the cpap went better then expected. Still some challenges but not as bad as I had imagined. I think, like you, I'm willing to do a lot to feel better. Cheers, SJ

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    1. Hi SJ, I'm sorry you have been having UTIs also. I'm going to blame mine on my diet which has been high in sugar lately. I'm so glad your first night with the CPAP went well.

      As for the fitbit, is has shown me that I get very little deeps sleep and way less REM sleep than I should be getting. It also has shown me that when I have a flare/crash, my heart rate stays higher which makes sense.

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  4. Oh boy, what a scare! Glad you are on the mend!

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  5. Interesting about the high heart rate. I'll have to watch for that for myself.
    Just in from a doctor's appointment. My doctor thinks my UTIs may be related to me being post-menopausal. I have a prescription for other issues and she told me to use it more often and I may get fewer UTIs. Ok -- so normally I'm really great sharing in this forum but if you want more details, maybe I should get an email address from you..

    I actually went in to see her to get some lab work done and she asked me how I was feeling.. Can't say enough how thankful I am to have this new doctor. She's literally an answer to prayer. Cheers, SJ

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    1. Hi SJ, I have never heard about UTIs being related to being post menopausal before....good to know. I'm at the tail end of menopause, thank GOD! I'll add my email address in a separate reply right under this one so that I can delete it after I know you have gotten it. Please let me know...I don't want it out there for all to see for very long and get SPAMED. :)

      I'm so glad that you found this new doctor. She sounds absolutely wonderful!

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    2. thanks...SJ

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  6. Glad you made the appointment and went to see the doctor, Debbie. Hope the medications help and the infection clears up. Hope you feel better, soon. Take care. Bless.

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